34th ALLPI Board of Directors Meeting

The African Leather and Leather Products Institute Board of Directors thirty fourth meeting, which is also the first Board meeting for the year 2018,   was held in in Mombasa, Kenya  at  PrideInn Paradise Beach Resort from August 6 to 7, 2018. Prof. Mwinyikione Mwinyihija, ALLPI Executive Director, welcomed Board members and presented ALLPI’s accomplished activities for the period January 1st to July 30, 2018, and the Institute’s 2019 work plan and budget proposal.

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Business Plan Designing and Implimentation 2018 1

ALLPI as mandated institute to develop the leather sector in Africa in general and in its member states in particular organized the “Business Plan Designing and Implementation” workshop that was held 30th July – 3rd August in Mombasa, Kenya.
Participants were drawn from the following 12 African Countries: Burundi, DRC, Eretria, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe. The participants were mainly from government ministries and private sector.
The general objective of the workshop was to improve the capacities of Member States in terms of supporting their respective enterprises in the leather sector.

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On 1st August 2018 in Antananarivo, Madagascar at 1730 hours Mr. Sindiso Ngwenya, the outgoing Secretary General of COMESA, received the High Honorary Distinction COMMANDER OF MALAGASY NATIONAL ORDER from His Excellency Mr Hery Martial Rajaonarimampianina, President of the Republic of Madagascar and Chairman of the COMESA Authority for Distinguished Service in regional integration. The honour is in recognition of Ngwenya’s distinguished service in regional integration.

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For developing and least developed countries in Commonwealth, SMEs represent an opportunity of wider economic development and poverty alleviation. Linking these SMEs to each other as well as to the SMEs in the developed members of the Commonwealth can provide huge opportunities to export and invest for all member states.
To actualize the existing potential of trade and investments and link the Commonwealth countries, which share the same language and similar legal institutions, the Intra-Commonwealth SME Association was launched by the Commonwealth Secretariat in June 2016 in New Delhi, India. It was established as “India-Commonwealth SMEs Association”; however, to give the association a global face, it was eventually transformed into Intra-commonwealth SMEs Association (ICSA).

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Partial View of the Training
In collaboration with Ministry of Commerce, Trade and industry of Zambia and with support of Regional Integration Support Mechanism (RISM), the Executive Director (ED) of ALLPI Prof. M. Mwinyihija accompanied by Mr. Nicholas Mudungwe and Mr. Nasir Mahmoud Talab the ALLPI’s Programs Coordinator and Cluster Development Expert respectively, conducted Leather value chain strategy review workshop and advance training in footwear design in Kitwe. The two activities were held as follows:-
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The Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI) in collaboration with Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MIC) at Bulawayo conducted a seven-day Training Workshop with the Title “Production of Fashion Oriented Footwear: The Regional Designers Studio Intervention” at Bulawayo Cluster Workshop in Zimbabwe. The Training was held from 23rd – 29th April 2018.

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Shoes from Vegetable Tanned Leather

The leather used to make this shoe was produced by ALLPI and Zambian SMEs Cluster during the vegetable tanning training of artisans and SMEs at co-operative college using one of ALLPI’s designed curricula for short courses. The objective of the training was to provide skills development to artisans at cottage and SME level to facilitate the transfer of technology in aspects of rural tanning based techniques.  The raw material used to produce the leather was sourced locally while the processing of the leather was carried manually in a rural set up using plastic containers as tanning vessels.

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H.E. Mrs. Betty C. Maina CBS, Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives of Kenya, visiting ALLPI Sponsored leather SMEs during the AALF 2018
H.E. Mrs. Betty C. Maina CBS, Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives of Kenya, visiting ALLPI Sponsored leather SMEs during the AALF 2018

During the last day of the AALF (June 10, 2018), the Esteemed Principal Secretary, Mrs. Betty C. Maina, Ministry of industry, Trade and cooperatives- Kenya visited the Fair and held brief meeting with ALLPI at the Fair ground. The discussion centred on leather sector development activities in Kenya and areas of focus for ALLPI assistance. Key activities areas pointed out were:

  • The finalization of a revolving fund scheme of 300,000 USD for SMEs in Kenya pledged by TDB through ALLPI facilitation;
  • The Kenya Leather Park development activities;
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The Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI), in its leather development agenda in Africa, Co-sponsored the 10th Edition of All Africa Leather Fair (AALF) which was held during 8th -10th June 2018.

Prof. Mwinyikione Mwinyihija, Executive Director of ALLPI, in his opening remarks of the Fair emphasized that Africa is endowed with the supply and demand potential of the leather sector; and hence, we all should partner to create economic growth, gender and youth empowerment, employment and wealth creation, and poverty alleviation. He also underscored that Africa should bench mark those countries, Vietnam, Brazil, and India, who tapped the leather sector potential to an optimal level.

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Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute, in collaboration with the Zambian Ministry of Commerce, Industry and co-operative held Artisanal/MSMEs training program in Vegetable tanning at Artisanal/MSMEs level and thus change the situation where over the years and until now the Artisans have been tanning hides and skins in over two to three weeks a scenario which was covered in 8 – 9 days.

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ALLPI is Certified of ISO Quality Management and Environment Management System

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