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ALLPI Hotsted the East Africa Community Delegates

Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI) Hosts East African Community (EAC) Secretariat in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) during 22nd -25th January 2018.
The purpose of the Mission was to share from the Ethiopia experience from the perspective of industrial policy implementation.
ALLPI was officially requested to facilitate the experience sharing Mission to Ethiopia of the high-level EAC delegation.
The participants are from 6 countries which represents ECA secretariat, UNIDO representative from Dar-es-Selam, Tanzania and from partner states.

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Sudan Leather Development Experience Sharing Mission to Ethiopia

A Team led by Deputy Head of COMESA Coordinating Unit of Ministry of Trade of Sudan Visited Different leather development related institutions in Ethiopia and held a discussion from December 18-22 2017.

The general objective of the visit was to share experiences and create Networking with different institutions focusing on leather development and COMESA related activities in Ethiopia.

The Mission visited and held a discussion with Leather Industry development institute of Ethiopia (LIDI) the first day to get experiences regarding the leather development policy and support areas of the Government of Ethiopia. The Team was hosted by the representative of Director General of LIDI and Visited the facilities of LIDI in supporting the industry like Model tannery, Model footwear factory, model Leather garment and accessories and research laboratory divisions in which the sector supported based on the demand and recommendations.


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The 33rd Meeting of the Board of Directors of ALLPI Held

The African Leather and Leather Products Institute’s (former COMESA/LLPI) Thirty-third Meeting of the Board of Directors was held in Livingstone, Zambia at David Livingstone Safari Lodge and Spa on 11th – 12th December, 2017. The Meeting was attended by the Board Members from Ethiopia, Malawi, Rwanda and Uganda.

The Board examined the Institute’s January to November 2017 Budget Performance and Work Activities Report as well as the 2018 Proposed Budget and Work Plan. The Board took cognizance of the progress that ALLPI has achieved against its set annual targets that are informed by its Strategic Plan (2016 – 2025) and Annual Plan for 2017. The Board also noted that the Institute’s 2018 proposed Budget and Work Plan that was discussed and endorsed during the 32nd Board Meeting was further approved by the relevant Committee and gained the Council of Ministers endorsement.

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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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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 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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