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
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.
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,
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:
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Selection Committee of the IULTCS Research Commission (IUR) is pleased to announce the fourth recipient of the Young Leather Scientist Grant. This monetary award helps support the work of young talent in the leather sector and the IULTCS gratefully acknowledges sponsorship by the Lear Corporation. The winner of the Euro 1500 grant is Mr Yi Zhang from New Zealand Leather and Shoe Research Association, Palmerston North, New Zealand.
In order to enhance its global outlook and to widen its mandate inline with the continental dynamics, for example the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite, AUC Agenda 2063, Sustainable Development Gaols(SDG), Rising Consumption of Synthetic based footwear and products, and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) among other factors, it was proposed to rebrand the LLPI to ALLPI.
The Board of Directors of LLPI recommended that the institution should in its effort to rebrand reflect its Regional and International status, as stipulated under LLPI Charter 9(6), 27(1) to be known as African LLPI. The Board’s recommendation to rebrand LLPI as Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute was approved by the COMESA Policy Organs Meeting that was held in Lusaka, Zambia, 26th October – 3rd November 2017.
The rebranding of the Institute will give a chance for non-COMESA countries to join ALLPI for the development of their respective leather sector.
Prof. Mwinyihija Mwinyikione, Executive Director of ALLPI, was awarded Honorary Doctoral Degree from Sudan University of Science and Technology on Thursday February 15, 2018.
The University conferred the Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University honoris causa on Mwinyihija Mwinyikione for his outstanding contribution for the development of the leather sector in the COMESA region in general in Sudan in particular.
Prof Mwinyihija holds four PhDs, in Environmental Science (Ecotoxicology and Bioremediation related to the Tanning Industry) at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK; DSc in Remediation and Tannery Waste Management from the Atlantic University, USA and two other Doctoral degrees in Management from SMC-University, Switzerland UCN-Nicaragua. He is an internationally recognized Scientist in the field of the leather industry.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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