More than 200 delegates from different countries have already signed up to participate in the World Footwear Congress in Rio de Janeiro being held Nov. 7-8. Many of these are going as guests invited by the organizers of the GDS and Micam shows, which are acting as platinum sponsors of the event. Two other shows, Expo Riva Schuh and Francal, are gold sponsors. Couromoda and CEC, which are co-organizing the convention, expect at least 300 delegates to attend because of the internationalization of the shoe market, the presence of 41 high-level speakers and the current shortage of raw materials, which will be discussed at the subsequent World Leather Congress at the same venue.