The 2021 Congress of the International Union of Leather Technologists and Chemists Society (IULTCS) will be held in Ethiopia (the first of its kind in the African Continent) through ALLPI initiative. The IULTCS congress is an every two years event and the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia has committed to work with ALLPI in the preparation and hosting of this prestigious congress, which will bring cutting edge technological and scientific deliberations.

JALLPA is broad-based open access Journal publishing body, founded on two key talents: To publish the most exciting researches with respect to the subjects of our functional activity in the leather sector. To provide a rapid turn-around time possible for reviewing and publishing and To disseminate the articles freely for teaching, research, building competences etc.

To broaden the market base of leather SMEs in Africa, ALLPI is establishing an eCommerce portal that assists them to showcase their leather products. This also helps SMEs to interact with each other and make visible to potential buyers and/or input suppliers.

Design studios will shift the focus to the upper value chain stratum and effectively enhance higher trickling down effect to all the stakeholders in the leather sector. This success is potentially assured through well-established partnerships that could enhance value addition, reduction of losses in the supply chain and overall wealth creation.

LLPI Head Quarter in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

LLPI Head Quarter in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI), previously known as COMESA/LLPI, was chartered in 1990, with the endorsement of 17 COMESA Heads of States. The COMESA Council of Ministers in its Thirty-Seventh Meeting decided that starting from 1st January 2018 COMESA - Leather and Leather Products Institute to be rebranded as Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI). ALLPI’s main Mandate is to support the development of the leather sector in the Region

ALLPI is headquartered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; and its membership encompasses ten countries, namely; Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, Sudan, Zambia and Zimbabwe. It is also working with Djibouti, DRC, Madagascar and Swaziland under Consultancy services and potential for them to become members in the near future.

The Mandate of ALLPI is defined in its Charter and complimented by the COMESA Treaty, COMESA Summit Decisions, Council of Ministers Directives, COMESA Secretariat Strategy, COMESA Regional Leather Value Chain Strategy, Member States Leather Value Chain Strategies, Public and Private Sector Stakeholder’s inputs through the Regional Core Team, Triple Helix and SME Technical Committee platforms, among others. The diversity of the Committee members have expanded to include leading global players of the industry to provide in-depth and real-time solutions to the leather sector.

Recent Accomplishments:

In past 5 years ALLPI has delivered tangible outputs, which have set a firm basis of transforming the COMESA Leather Value Chain from a Commodity to a Product focus. Some of the outputs are as followings:

  • National leather Value Chain Strategies were formulated, validated, launched and unpacked using participatory approaches: Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Sudan, Uganda, and Zambia;
  • About 600 artisans were trained on Footwear Making, Record Keeping, Costing & Pricing, and Cluster Management;
  • Curriculum was developed for Burundi (level 1-3), Dedan Kimathi University of Kenya, and Sudan Technical and Vocational College;
  • 21 MOUs were signed with regional and global universities and development partners to support joint collaboration in research, capacity building, technology transfer and trade promotion;
  • As a regional trade and investment facilitator, ALLPI participated and fully sponsored SMEs in various Trade Fairs: All Africa Leather Fair of Ethiopia, Nairobi International Trade Fair of Kenya, Uganda International Trade Fair, Zambia International Trade Fair, and Zimbabwe International Trade Fair;
  • ALLPI supported the formation and strengthening of different clusters in different countries. Zimbabwe, Malawi, Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. In addition to this LLPI through funding from EU and PTA bank, has facilitated the purchase of Equipment for Clusters in Ethiopia, Malawi, Uganda and Zimbabwe;
  • In partnership with the Commonwealth Secretariat, ALLPI is working on the development of a Regional Design Studio that will enhance the development of the regional leather sector. A training on modern designing techniques was conducted in 2016, Mombasa, Kenya;
  • ALLPI periodically disseminates information related to leather and leather products production, investment and market through quarterly Newsletters, Web Portal and Brochures;
  • ALLPI has attained full Certification of Quality Management System (QMS) integrated with Environmental Management System (EMS) to further enhance the capacity to deliver quality services to Member States and other stakeholders.

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ALLPI is Certified of ISO Quality Management and Environment Management System


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