In an effort to increase its membership, Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI) organized a meeting with Ambassadors/Embassy representatives from COMESA member countries and two non COMESA member states based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The theme of the meeting was dubbed “ALLPI’s Contribution to COMESA Regional Leather Value Chain Development: A Fight for Poverty reduction and unemployment Using Hides and Skins value addition”. The event took place on the 14th September 2022 at Skylight Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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The International Council of Tanners Executive Committee Meeting was held in a hybrid mode (both physically and virtually) at Red Lounge, Centro Servizi, Rho Fiera, Milan, Italy on 20 September 2022. The ALLPI Team, led by the Executive Director Prof. Mwinyihija, attended the meeting virtually from Ethiopia.

The ICT Executive Committee meeting is the meeting of the council for the year 2022. Nine members of the Executive Committee attended the meeting physically while three joined virtually.

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Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI) Participated at the Ninth COMESA Annual Research Forum that was held on 12-15 September 2022 in Cairo, Egypt through physical and virtual formats. The main objective of the forum was to present, review and discuss research papers and selected innovations submitted under the theme of “Enhancing Business Competitiveness and Resilience to Boost Intra-COMESA Trade”.

Prof. (Dr5) Mwinyikione Mwinyihija, Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI) Executive Director accompanied by Dr. Abdel Rahim M. Ahmed, Quality Assurance, Innovation and R&D Expert have attended the forum as a response to Office of the Assistant Secretary General invitation.

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Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI) facilitated experience sharing and learning visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) delegation to the Ethiopian leather sector from August 22 to 29, 2022. The delegation was led by Mr Nicolas KALIMIRA KABAGAYA, Assistant Director General, “AgenceNationale de Development de l’Entrepreneuriat Congolais” (ANADEC) and composed of Mr Pascal BAKOLE NYIME, Advisor to the State Minister; Mr Modeste KAMBALA KALALA, head for the Design and Implementation of  SMEs incubation Centers; Mr. Jeru MATUNGULU TSHIMBALANGA, Expert at ANADEC and Mr. Roger MVIDI MUKULU, Manager of SMEs Incubation Center.

The DRC delegation started its mission activities with courtesy call to ALLPI Executive Director at ALLPI headquarters and meeting and discussion with ALLPI Management and Experts.  This was followed by activities that focused on visiting tanneries processing hides and skins to finished leather,follow-up of shoe manufacturing process and hands-on training in Shoemaking Machines handling and Maintenance.The delegation visiteda total of 5 tanneries (Colba Tannery, Mojo Tannery, Awash tannery, Batu Tannery and LIDI tannery department) and 4 shoe factories (Fontanian Shoe Factory, Universal leather Products Factory, Yaha footwear manufacturing company and LIDI Footwear department) to observe and learn from the facilities reach experience. Two of the delegation members were also trained in Shoemaking Machines handling and minor Maintenance at Fonanina Shoe factory from 23 to 29 August 2022.

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Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI) in collaboration with the Government of Zimbabwe Ministry of Trade and Industry started the TOT on Footwear and Goods Design, Development, Manufacturing Craftsmanship and Export Readiness at the Leather Institute of Zimbabwe (ZIM) Bulawayo on August 29th, 2022. The Training aims at enhancing  SMEs competiveness, access of their products to the domestic and export markets, and the mindset shift of their operating attitudes through learning the fundamental dynamics and principles of:

  • Footwear  design and development
  • Manufacturing Craftsmanship,
  • Exports Readiness
ToT Training in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
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ALLPI attended the Regional Enterprise Competitiveness and Access to Markets Programme (RECAMP) Project Steering Committee 2nd meeting that was held from 17th -18th August 2022 at Hilton Garden Inn Hotel, Lusaka, Zambia, that discussed the progress to date of the implementation of the RECAMP and TAF activities and the 2022 Annual Work plan.

More than 30 participants from COMESA Secretariat, Implementing Partner institutions and COMESA member States attended the meeting. ALLPI was represented by Prof. Mekonnen Hailemariam, Advisor to the Executive Director.

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The Fortieth Board of Directors Meeting of the Africa Leather & Leather Products Institute (ALLPI) took place on the 17th to 18th August 2022, in Bishoftu (Debrezeit), Ethiopia. The Meeting was conducted in a hybrid mode (physical and virtual). Board Members from Eritrea, Ethiopia and Uganda attended the meeting Physically while Board of Directors Members from Malawi and Zimbabwe attended the meeting virtually.

The Board of Directors in its two-days meeting discussed and took decisions on various program, financial, administrative, and staff matters.
The current Members of the Board of Directors of ALLPI are composed of Eritrea, Ethiopia, Malawi, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

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Africa Leather and leather products market Research team from Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI), Leather Industry Development Institute of Ethiopia (LIDI), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Ethiopia leather Industry Association (ELIA) has started its Market baseline survey in Rwanda, Kigali on August 17, 2022.

The purpose of this study is to report on the current leather and leather products market in Rwanda (and neighboring East African countries) and propose a promotional strategy to help prepare the participation of Ethiopian SMEs in the Textile, Apparel, and Leather Industries Investment Forum (TALIF), which is scheduled to take place in November 2022.

The Africa Leather Market Research team
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Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI) organized a training of 30 SMEs as ToT in transformative Entrepreneurship, Footwear and Leather Goods Design, Craftsmanship, Export readiness, Costing/Pricing and Record Keeping at the Kamange Artisans Production Center, Burundi, from June 22 to July 4, 2022. The training workshop was conducted in collaboration with the Ministry of Commerce, Transport, Industry and Tourism, Burundi, under the BADEA Technical Assistance grant. The purpose of the training workshop was to enhance the productivity and competitiveness of SMEs to attain growth through shifting their mindset and embrace changes, enhance SMEs technical capacity and economies of scale to supply both Public and Private Sector institutional buyers.

An SMEs while Stitching leather products during the practical training
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Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI) conducted a two days virtual capacity building workshop on E-Commerce for Leather industry players. The Workshop was conducted on 14th -15th July 2022 in a hybrid mode-arrangements were made at each member country so that participants to come together at a venue. The objectives of the Workshop were:
  • To acquaint leather-based SMEs about the basics of E-commerce technology infrastructure, business concepts, social issues, and real-world experiences;
  • To enable SMEs to realize the emerging trends of E-Commerce;
  • To integrate investment and trade promotion activities in the leather value chain at Member States level.
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