Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI) is proud to announce the participation in Technical Cooperation Training Workshop under the title: “Strengthening the Quality Infrastructure for Selected Sectors in the EAC Project (95375-03):

The program was conducted at Kampala, Uganda by the National Metrology Institute (Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt - PTB)

The training program’s objective was to Capacity Building on the Implementation of the Quality Management Systems (QMS) Self- Assessment Tool for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMES) in the Leather Value Chain within the framework of the project for EAC.

Partial view of the Training
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The 1st edition of Africa International Footwear, Fashion Leather Products & Accessories Exhibition (AFLEX). 2024 which ran through 29th to 31st May 2024, at Arabuko Hall, Sarit Expo Center, Nairobi was concluded to have production and  business linkages among the leather players globally. This three-day exhibition, brings together India, China and Africa Leather and allied industries manufacturer to explore and create marketing linkages along the Leather value chain.

inaugural ceremony joined by Sambasiva Rao Pamidimukkala, Managing Director, @ALPHARAMA LIMITED , Rohit Vadhwana, IFS, Deputy High Commissioner, India @Birkinesh Gonfa Yado, Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute(ALLPI),
inaugural ceremony joined by Sambasiva Rao Pamidimukkala, Managing Director, @ALPHARAMA LIMITED , Rohit Vadhwana, IFS, Deputy High Commissioner, India @Birkinesh Gonfa Yado, Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute(ALLPI),
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Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI) is proud to announce the commencement of a training program under the title “Artisans/MSMES to enhance Vegetable Tanning Know-how and Skill at Cottage Level” The program is being conducted at Masaka Business Incubation Centre in Kigali, Rwanda.

The training program’s objective is to build the capacity of artisans/MSMES on vegetable tanning and batik dyeing techniques at cottage level. The 10 days training program started on 6th and will end up on 15th May, 2024. The ALLPI team is composed of Harrison Mungai, Leather Value Chain and Tannery Expert as the Team leader, Dr. Abdel Rahim M. Ahmed Quality Assurance Innovation and R&D Expert and Mrs. Beza Jima, Financial Officer with Mr. Harrison Mungai r. The training has attracted 25 participants (18 men and 7 ladies) who are drawn from different parts of Rwanda

Group Photograph with Mr. Eric  KOMESA  2ND right
Group Photograph with Mr. Eric KOMESA 2ND right
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Mr. Taddesse Woldeyohannes, Director General, Industrial Development, Ministry of Trade & Industry of the State of Eritrea pays a courtesy call visit to Africa Leather & Leather Products Institute on the 21st of March, 2024.

The purpose of the courtesy call visit by the DG was to appreciate and discuss the collaboration between ALLPI and the Ministry of Trade & Industry of the State of Eritrea.

 Mr. Ghebregziabher Ghebremedhin, Programs Coordinator and ALLPI Staff Members Welcomed the DG and briefed him about ALLPI interventions in Member States in general and ALLPI intervention in Eritrea specifically. During the briefing the Programs Coordinator expressed ALLPI’s appreciation to the State of Eritrea for Actively supporting ALLPI’s activities and lauded their collaborations. He also thanked the DG for his unwavering support to ALLPI interventions since long time.

Mr. Tadesse Woldeyohannes Pays a Courtesy call visit to ALLPI Headquarters
Mr. Tadesse Woldeyohannes Pays a Courtesy call visit to ALLPI Headquarters

The DG in his turn expressed   his appreciation for ALLPI’s support to the leather sector in Eritrea and also for facilitating his courtesy call visit to the Institute. 

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The Executive Director of ALLPI with his Team Visiting Ambessa Shoe Factory

The ALLPI team led by Executive Director Mr. Nicholas Mudungwe visited Anbessa Shoe Share Company on 15th February 2024. The visit aimed to familiarize with factory operations and seek avenues for collaboration between the two institutions.

The company is the first modern shoe-manufacturing company in Ethiopia. The company was established in 1935. It has been in the shoe business for over 80 years. In 1974 Anbessa shoe was nationalized and became state state-owned company, but later in 2011 the company got privatized. Since then, the company has been managed by a board of directors with diverse experiences in the business. Currently, the company has 1400 workers and serves both the domestic and international markets like the USA, EU, Asia and Africa.

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Welcoming of ALLPI Executive Director
Welcoming of ALLPI Executive Director

During an Event organized on 16th November 2023 in the ALLPI Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, all ALLPI Staff Members and guests welcomed the new Executive Director, Mr. Nicholas Mudungwe, who joined ALLPI recently. Mr. Mudungwe worked at the COMESA Secretariat and later was moved to ALLPI where he served as a Programs Coordinator. Thereafter, he joined the International Trade Center (ITC) where he has been working before taking up this new appointment with ALLPI.

The Board chairman Mr. Abdul Hakim Sekandi (Uganda) and Dr. Milkesa Jagema, ALLPI Board of Directors Member (Ethiopia), graced the welcoming event.

Mr. Ghebregziabher Ghebremedhin who has led ALLPI in the duo capacity of Acting Executive Director and Programs Coordinator for the past 11 months following the retirement of Prof. Mwinyihinja Mwinyikione made the opening remarks by welcoming the distinguished ALLPI Board Members, the new Executive Director and all ALLPI Staff Members. He called upon the ALLPI Board Member for Ethiopia, Dr. Milkesa Jagema to give his welcome remarks, followed by the Chairman of the Board of ALLPI Mr.Abdul Hakim Sekandi who officially welcomed and inaugurated Mr. Nicholas Mundungwe in his position as the new Executive Director for ALLPI.

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Honorable Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Miano,  Dr. Juma Mukhawana, PhD, Principal Secretary and Ag ED Mr. Ghebregziabher Ghebremedhin
Honorable Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Miano, Dr. Juma Mukhawana, PhD, Principal Secretary and Ag ED Mr. Ghebregziabher Ghebremedhin
Honorable Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Miano and Ag ED Mr. Ghebregziabher Ghebremedhin
Honorable Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Miano and Ag ED Mr. Ghebregziabher Ghebremedhin

Honorable Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Miano MBS, Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry of Kenya received Africa Leather & Leather Products Institute (ALLPI) delegates led by Mr. Ghebregziabher Ghebremedhin, Acting Executive Director, Programs Coordinator at her office on the 6th of November 2023.

The purpose of the visit by ALLPI to Kenya was to propose and get guidance from the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry about the cohosting of the 16th Annual Regional Consultative Forum in Mombasa, Kenya.  

After self-introduction, the honorable Cabinet Secretary opened the meeting by warmly welcoming the ALLPI delegates and invited the head of the delegates for submission about the purpose of the ALLPI’s visit.  The Acting ED started his briefings by thanking the honorable Cabinet Secretary for receiving the ALLPI delegates despite her busy schedules.  He then briefed the honorable Cabinet Secretary, the Principal Secretary and other officials of the ministry   what ALLPI is and does, what is the Annual Regional Consultative Forum and the proposal to cohost the 16th Annual Regional Consultative Forum in Mombasa, Kenya.

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Africa Lather and leather products Institute (ALLPI) participated in the 37th International Union of Leather Technologists and Chemists Societies (IULTCS) Congress that was held from October 17th to 20th , 2023, in Chengdu, China, known as the 'Land of Abundance”.

The IULTCS Congress is renowned in the global leather community as the 'Technological Olympics.' The theme of this year's congress is 'Innovations to Make Leather Irreplaceable,' and it has been elaborated deciphered by over 150 leather technologists around the world.

The conference was organized by the China Leather Industry Association (CLIA) and hosted by the college of Biomass Science and Engineering in Sichuan University This marked the second time that China had hosted the event since in 1949 (the previous occasion being in Beijing in 2009).

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The delegation led by  Mr. MR.BINIAIM BERHE, CHARGÉ D’AFFAIRES  of the  Embassy of Eritrea in Ethiopia and Permanent Mission to AU & UNECA, visited the ALLPI Headquarters in Addis Ababa on 6th September 2023. Mr. Biniam was accompanied by Mr. Zeresenai head of Administrative Issues in the Embassy and Mr. Mohammed (Bilateral relations).

The delegates were welcomed by Mr. Ghebregziabher Ghebremedhin, Acting Executive Director and Programs Coordinator of ALLPI together with the ALLPI team of Experts.

The objective of the visit was to understand the operations of ALLPI to the region in general and to Eritrea in particular.

Brief presentation was made by Mrs. Birkinesh Gonfa, Investment Trade and Marketing Expert of ALLPI focusing on major activities performed by ALLPI for the State of Eritrea. The following activities were conducted for Eritrea:

  • National Leather Value Chain Strategy Development;
  • Research and Development;
  • Participation in the Consultative fora and experience sharing dialog meetings;
  • Curriculum Development;
  • Capacity Building activities at various levels of the leather value chain segments;
  • Machinery support;
  • Market linkages and B2B networking activities, and
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Market Access Training in Rwanda
Market Access Training in Rwanda

Africa Leather and Leather Products institute (ALLPI) with the Government of Rwanda Ministry of Trade and Industry (MiNICOM) conducted a one day workshop on “Enhancing market access and local sourcing for Leather Enterprises” to selected Leather players from Kigali on 10th August 2023 at Masaka Vocational Training Institute, Kigali.

The overall objective of the program is to give information regarding the supplier of input and main institutional buyers along the leather value chain to in hence the marketing activities of Leather players domestically as well as globally. The Training is the continuation of the training on TOT Leather Footwear & Goods Design Craftsmanship & Expert Readiness held on April, 2022.

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