Sudan is consider as one of biggest among the African countries in livestock population; thus, Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI) has a number of activities in Sudan among these activities but not limited to are :

  • Formulation and unpacked of leather value chain strategy
  • Conducting traceability training
  • Supporting Khartoum leather fair
  • MoUs with different stakeholders
  • Preparation the leather sector activities under RISM
  • Curriculum Development for some academic institutes
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Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute’s (ALLPI) Expert Team, composed of Prof. Mekonnen Hailemariam, Institutional Capacity Development and Consultancy Expert and Mrs Birikinesh Gonfa, Investment, Trade and Marketing Expert, was on mission to Malawi from April 23 to 29, 2018. The main objectives of the mission were to develop a Business Plan for the leather Satellite Design Studio through participatory workshop and also to discuss with the Ministry of industry, Trade and Tourism officials on areas of collaboration as part of the implementation of phase II of the “Malawi Enterprise Productivity Enhancement (MEPE)” project under the COMESA RISM financial support.

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The ALLPI Team of experts led by the it’s Executive Director (ED) met high ranked Government officials for the purpose of familiarization on leather sector policies made the Government of Sudan and thereafter made field visits to get the right-hand information on the ground. The mission date was 18th – 24th March 2018.

The main objective of the mission was to: --

  • Collect data (gather information) to enable the development of business plans for Sudan University of Science and Technology (SUST) leather incubator, National Leather Technology Center (NLTC) and Kerari Vocational Training Center,
  • Present draft report on hides and skins traceability study,
  • Hold strategy review workshop on Sudan’s leather value chain strategy.  
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The Team of Experts of Africa Leather and Leather Product Institute (ALLPI) went to Mauritius from 8th – 15th April 2018.
The general objective of the mission was to formulate a leather Strategy for Mauritius: and the specific objectives were:
  • To explore the potential to establish a high-end finish line leather products,
  • To revamp and revitalize the leather sector in Mauritius, to undertake the quantum leap to enter the targeted “niche” markets,
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The exercise took place from 10th – 13th April 2018 and conducted by two international tannery waste water (effluent) treatment and disposal expert contracted by ALLPI. They were accompanied by Harrison Mungai who is ALLPI’s Tannery expert.
Six (6) tanneries 2 in Masaka, 3 in Jinja and 1 in Busia were visited and the following observations/suggestions were made for each tannery as listed hereunder:

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Training of Tannery Technicians/Key operators on Leather Finishing

The Tanning clinic training was conducted by an International leather expert from United chemicals ltd (one of the ALLPI Global Collaborating Partners) from Turkey assisted by Harrison Mungai ALLPI Tannery Expert. The Training was conducted at Leatherland at Masaka on 9th and 10th April 2018. Seven tannery technicians from Leatherland ltd 5 (host), SWT tannery 1 and 1 from Kyambogo University were trained.

The Training focussed on footwear (upper) leather production from raw hides/skins to crust putting more emphasis on process control to avoid chemical wastage and achieving the required end product (leather).

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ALLPI Mission to Eritrea
ALLPI Mission to Eritrea

Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute’s (ALLPI) Expert Team led by its Programs Coordinator, Mr. Nicholas Mudungwe and composed of Prof. Mekonnen Hailemariam, Institutional Capacity Development and Consultancy Expert, Mr. Harrison Mungai Leather Value Chain and Tannery Expert and Two consultants from UV Enterprises-India, conducted a mission to Asmara from March 3 to 11 ,2018.
The main objectives of the mission were:

  • Validate the Vocational and Diploma level curricula on leather Technology;
  • Conduct training on Cluster Design and Implementation, and
  • Assess the operations of tanneries and their effluent treatment and disposal systems.
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Prof. M. Mwinyihija, Executive Director, Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute
Prof. M. Mwinyihija, Executive Director, Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute
Africa is honored by getting an appointee to the position of Vice President of the International Council of Tanners (ICT). The appointed person by full consensus of the ICT is Prof. (Dr4) M. Mwinyihija, the Executive Director of Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI). The International Council of Tanners, that conducted its annual meeting on March 13, 2018 in Hong Kong elected new president, Lisa Howlett and vice President Prof. Mwinyihija to replace the former president, Richad Pai and his Team who have completed their two years term in office. The appointment of Prof. Mwinyihija as vice president of ICT came at the right time where Africa is on the rise to claim its position as a global player in the production of high quality fashion-oriented leather products, and just few months after the 37th COMESA Council of Ministers, made a policy decision for the rebranding of COMESA – Leather and Leather Products (COMESA/LLPI) to Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI). The representation of Africa in the ICT top management will enhance the visibility of the Africa leather sector potential to the wider global arena.

A training course in Tanning Clinic to Tannery Technicians operating in different tanneries was held at the Nakuru Tannery Ltd, Kenya from February 21 to 26, 2018. The training was organized by Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute in collaboration with the Kenya Leather Development Council and the United Chemicals company, Turkey. The trainers, Mr. Kadir Kubur and Mr. Nejat Bakkurt were from United Chemicals, Aliaga-Izmir, Turkey.
A total of 10 Tannery senior technicians drawn from different parts of the country from public and private sectors, took part in the training.

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A Team Consists of the Ministers and Higher Officials from Sudan Visited Different leather development related institutions in Ethiopia and held a discussion from February 26 – 27, 2018. The purpose of the mission was to share best experiences from Ethiopia focusing on industrial policy implementation on leather value chain. 

Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI) was officially requested to facilitate and assist the visit to Ethiopia.

The Team visited and held discussions with Leather Industry development institute of Ethiopia (LIDI). The first day of the visit was allocated to get experiences regarding the leather development policy and support areas of the Government of Ethiopia and the Ethiopian Industry Development Strategy in General. The Team was hosted by the Deputy Director General of LIDI and visited the facilities of LIDI in supporting the industry by giving training, research laboratory and technology support. The Institute is giving support to leather sector based on the demand and strategically planned activities.

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