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.
The purpose of the training program was to enhance the productivity and quality footwear production through improving the knowhow, skills and attitude of SMEs in Footwear and leather goods making in Djibouti.
The program was officially opened on the 14th of August with brief opening remarks by Mr. Ali Daoud Abdou , Secrétaire Générale, Ministère Délégué Chargé du Commerce, des PME, du Tourisme et de la Formalisation and Prof. Mekonnen Hailemarim representing the Executive Director of COMESA/LLPI, Prof. M. Mwinyihija. In attendance of the event were Mr. Abdi Djama, Director of Lycee Industriel and Commercial Institute, Mr. Abdallah Jahir, Director of Handcrafts and Tourism and other Officials.
This tailor-made training, focusing on Sandals, bags, belts and other leather goods was delivered by an expert from the “Training and Production Centre for Shoe Industry” (TPCSI)-Kenya to the 23 Djibouti SME participants drawn from all over the country.
After eight days of intensive hands-on training, the program successfully came to an end with a certificate ceremony in attendance of Mr. Ali Daoud Abdou, the Secrétaire Générale (Permanent Secretary), and other officials.
Feedback from participants and trainer alike was very positive and it can be concluded that the learning objectives were fully attained.