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).
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.
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