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COMESA/LLPI Conducts Artisans Training in hides and skins Tanning in Djibouti

COMESA-Leather and Leather Products Institute, in collaboration with the  Ministère Délégué Chargé du Commerce, des PME, du Tourisme et de la Formalisation and with financial support from the COMESA-RISM Program, held artisans training in Vegetable and Chrome Tanning at I.S.C.A.E. Institute, Djibouti from September 18 to 22, 2017.

The objective of the training  was to offer knowledge and skills in vegetable and mineral tanning at artisanal level and thus change the situation where over the years and until now people are making leather products with unprocessed hides and skins.

 

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COMESA/LLPI Conducts Mission to Mauritius to Undertake Situational Analysis of the Leather Sector

COMESA-Leather and Leather Products Institute’s Expert Team led by its Executive Director, Prof. M. Mwinyihija and composed of Prof. Mekonnen Hailemariam, Institutional Capacity Development and Consultancy Expert and Mr. Harrison Mungai Leather Value Chain and Tannery Expert, conducted mission to Mauritius from October 1 to 7 ,2017 to undertake situational analysis of the leather sector, identify Mauritius competitiveness and its comparative advantage in the leather sector, identify key stakeholders of the leather value chain and analyze their interlinkage towards the development of the sector; assess the operational status of SMEs both in leather processing, footwear and garments and evaluate Market dynamics in local, regional and global trade.

The Expert Team started its activities by an introductory meeting held at the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Consumer protection. Participants of the discussion were officials from the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Consumer Protection (Industry Division); Small & Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA); Ministry of Business, Enterprise and Cooperatives and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration Division.

 

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Regional Training Workshop in Leather Products Design, Craftsmanship and Export Readiness was Conducted

Regional Training Workshop in Leather Products Design, Craftsmanship and Export Readiness was Conducted on 22nd - 30th September 2017 in Kampala, Uganda.

The objectives of the Workshop were to: present and validate the world class curriculum for improving export competitiveness of SMEs, one-to-one meetings between trainers and SMEs to be trained and train SMEs based on the validated curriculum.

Prof. Mwinyihija, Executive Director of COMESA/LLPI confidently mentioned that after conducting the first SMEs Meeting in 2014 in Syavonga, Zambia, SMEs are growing in the production and marketing of leather and leather products.

 

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COMESA/LLPI TO CONQUER UNEMPLOYMENT IN AFRICA

War against unemployment has been staged by COMESA - Leather and Leather Products Institute(LLPI) in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia. The sector provides services like promoting productivity, Human resource development, Research development among others. COMESA/LLPI still helps private and public leather industries improve productivity, marketing and information.

With the support of COMESA/LLPI, many people believe that their problem has been solved mostly in Africa. A workshop aimed at changing the lives of Africans has been taken to Uganda. This has called for different African countries like Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya among others to gather in Uganda, Kampala. The workshop was slated for one week from the 22nd to 30th September 2017 at MTAC (Management Training and Advisory Center) in Nakawa Kampala Uganda.

 

 

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Basic Footwear Designing and Finishing Training Workshop in Rwanda Kicked-off

The training course in “Basic Footwear Designing and Finishing” to SMEs in Rwanda was officially opened on the 11th September 2017 by Madam Mukashyaka Germaine who is the Chairperson of Leather Value Chain Industry Platform. The Executive Director of COMESA Leather and Leather Products Institute (LLPI) Prof. Dr. Mwinyihija was represented in the event by Mr. Harrison Mungai who conveyed his greetings and thereafter highlighted LLPI Vision, Mission and the Institute’s Mandate.
In presence during the official opening ceremony were:

  • Mr. Habumugisha Michel who is the President of Rwanda Association for Promotion of Leather and Leather Products (RAPROLEP);
  • Dr. Osinniel, a representative of Ministry of Trade and Industry;
  • Mr. Kagango Diogeune, Director of Masaka Business Incubation Centre;
  • Two Footwear Training Experts from Kenya and Uganda contracted by LLPI.

 

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COMESA/LLPI Mission to Sudan

The Team of Experts of COMESA/LLPI led by Executive Director went to Khartoum Sudan from 16th to 24th August 2017.

The objective of the visit was to streamline the leather development activities of COMESA/LLPI with different public, private and academia organizations.

The Mission undertook MoU signing with different Government Organizations, made visit to Kerari Vocational and Entrepreneurship Center, Visited Incubation Center of Sudan Science and Technology University, conducted Cluster and Incubation Management Training Workshop, facilitated and sponsored the Khartoum Leather Fair.

 

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COMESA/LLPI JOINS THE ADVISORY BOARD OF INTRA COMMONWEALTH SMEs ASSOCIATION (ICSA) AS A FULL MEMBER

COMESA/LLPI is proud to announce that it joined the Intra Commonwealth SMEs Association (ICSA) Advisory Board as memebr since August 2017.
The objective of ICSA is to provide a sustainable platform for exporters and importers to regularly meet, build awareness of existing global standards as well as to encourage regional and extra regional investments in areas where the countries have competitiveness but lacks capacity. The association will be beneficial for the Commonwealth nations more particularly the LDCs, as it will enable firms to source their inputs more competitively while it will help LDCs to improve their supply capacities as well as diversify their export baskets. In other words, the association will help in enhancing and diversifying the exports of Commonwealth countries.

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COMESA/LLPI Conducts Training Course in Basic Footwear and Leather Goods Making at Lycee Industriel and Commercial Institute Djibouti

A training course in Basic Footwear and Leather Goods Making to SMEs was held from August 13 to 20 2017 in Djibouti at Lycee Industriel and Commercial Institute. The training was organized, under the COMESA-RISM Program financial support, by COMESA-Leather and Leather Products Institute in collaboration with the Ministère Délégué Chargé du Commerce, des PME, du Tourisme et de la Formalisation.

 

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Higher Education Academy Fellow Award

Prof. M. Mwinyihija, Executive Director, COMESA/LLPI
Prof. M. Mwinyihija, Executive Director, COMESA/LLPI

Prof. (Dr.4) M. Mwinyihija, Executive Director of COMESA/LLPI has been awarded a Higher Education Academy for Fellow Status.

The Award was given for the greatest achievement he registered in Academic research activities and engagement to Higher Education. Prof. Mwinyihija is known to be transforming the African leather sector through the Public, Private and Academia (Triple Helix Approach) that links the industrial development agenda and national policy and strategies with research and development; and developing Curricula for university, tertiary level and at institutional level. This initiative covers Postgraduates at Doctoral, Masters and BSc levels and also covers SMEs training to develop diagnostics towards industrialization in Africa.

This recognition is not only for himself; rather it is for LLPI and for the African leather sector at large. The Higher Education Academy (HEA) is an independent non-profit organisation committed to world-class teaching in higher education. HEA works in partnership with institutions and individuals in higher education supporting student success. The Higher Education Academy brings the sector together to collaborate, and share teaching strategies and practice.

The COMESA/LLPI family congratulates Prof. Mwinyihija for his wonderful achievement that will in turn enhance regional development.

EASTERN AFRICA HUB AND COMRSA/LLPI- REGIONAL DESIGNERS STUDIO CAPACITY BUILDING TRAINING-WORKSHOP FOR FOCAL POINTS HELD IN UGANDA

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The first Training Workshop under the project entitled “Structured Design Training for Regional Leather and Leather Products SMEs in Leather Products Design, Craftsmanship and Export” was held from 19 to 21 July 2017 in Kampala, Uganda. This Training workshop was organized by COMESA/LLPI in collaboration with the USAID - East African Trade and Investment Hub (EATIH). Over 20 participants attended the Training Workshop, who came from 11 countries of the region, namely Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

The objectives of the workshop were to enhance the Focal Points’ appreciation of the scope of the Eastern Africa Hub project and its relationship with the Reginal Designers’ Studio; to capacitate Focal Points to apply the SMEs Selection Criteria and the administration of the Profiling Instrument; to enhance the Focal Point technical capacity to evaluate samples of leather footwear and products; and to identify and prioritize specific activities in the implementation of the Regional Designers Studio Project.

The Training Workshop was officially opened by the Executive Director of COMESA/LLPI. Prof. M. Mwinyihija and Director, Investment, East Africa Trade and Investment Hub, Mrs. Kanini Mutooni.

Presentations were delivered on the objectives and scope of the Hub Project and the Regional Designers Studio and the Selection Criteria and Profiling Instruments by Mr. Nicolas Mudungwe, Programs Coordinator, COMESA/LLPI.

Technical presentations on the Defects Identification Methodology were made on Leather Footwear and Leather Goods, respectively. by Mr. Feraw Kebede and Mr. Moses Mwangi who are renown experts in the Region.

Participants in Group works conducted Practical Evaluation of samples based on the Defect Analysis Methodology and this was further discussed in Plenary sessions.

The Training Workshop was concluded with the identification of priority interventions that should be implemented under the Flagship Regional Designers Studio Program; agreeing to initiate and implement activities virtually in the short to medium term and by allocation of tasks and timelines for the identified broad activities.

The Training Workshop Evaluation summary provided an account of participants’ views on various aspects of the Training Workshop. Overall, the Training Workshop was rated as good or excellent by all (100%) of the participants.

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Samples of Leather Products Displayed During the Training Workshop
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