2017 Accomplished Activities

Collaborating Institutions

Activities and Outputs

Recorded and Expected Impact

  • Ministry of Trade, Industry, Post and Tourism;
  • Department of Vocational Training;
  • National Association of SMEs;
  • Afritan
  • Representative form leather and leather products Enterprises sponsored to attend the All Africa Leather Fair, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in March 2017
  • A funding project proposal was developed and submitted to RISM under, an EU funded program
  • COMESA/LLPI is currently implementing East African Hub Project entitled “Structured Design Training for Regional Leather and Leather Products SMEs in Leather Products Design, Craftsmanship, and Export readiness” that runs from June 2017 to May 2018 in Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania As part of this project, Representatives from Government, and Private Sectors from Burundi participated:

 

    • Focal point Capacity Building Workshop held from 19th – 21st  July 2017 in Kampala, Uganda
    • Regional Workshop in Leather Products Design, Craftsmanship and Export Readiness held in Kampala on 22nd to 23rd September
    • Regional SMEs Training in Leather Products Design, Craftsmanship and Export Readiness held from 23rd to 29th September in Kampala
  • Representatives from Government and Private sector will attend COMESA/LLPI’s 11th Consultative Forum organized to be held in Livingstone, Zambia from 12 to 15 December 2017.

As part of Procurement process for the purchase of Equipment and Tools for a total value of 56,823.00USD a re-advertised bid process, is underway, under the BADEA financial support,  for the SMEs Incubation Center in Bujumbura.

  • Enhanced value addition;
  • Improved quality and productivity; and

Strengthened market access.

2016 and earlier Accomplished Activities

Collaborating Institutions

Activities and Outputs

Recorded and Expected Impact

  • Ministry of Trade, Industry, Post and Tourism;
  • Department of Vocational Training;
  • National Association of SMEs;

Afritan

  • COMESA/LLPI Expert Team conducted Service/Incubation Centers assessment for Leather Industry;
  • A Leather Value Chain Strategy formulated with the participation of Government, Private Sector and Academia;
  • The Strategy was validated, launched and unpacked;
  • 53 artisans were trained in footwear making, out of which 25 have been employed by a new footwear factory and the other half are operating as a loose Cluster in Kamenge;
  • A curricula for levels 1 to 3 and Diploma level, was designed, which responds to the needs of the industry and also meets the minimum requirements as set by Government;
  • Procurement process for the purchase of Equipments and Tools for a total value of USD 56,823.00, is underway, under the BADEA financial support, for the SMEs Incubation Center in Bujumbura;
  • COMESA/LLPI Experts Team conducted mission to Burundi November 27 to December 2, 2016 and conducted training course in “Governance, Cluster Implementation Procedures and Administration to 27 participants (20 SMEs working in leather footwear and leather goods manufacturing, and 7 participants from the ministry)
  • Representatives from public, private sectors and academia were sponsored to participate in:

 

    • The 9th Regional Leather Sector Core Team Meeting (RLSCT) held in Harare, Zimbabwe; (24th – 25th July 2015)
    • Regional Design Studio Launch and Technical and Creative Design Training Workshop held in Mombasa, Kenya. (May 9 to 12, 2016 Mombasa-Kenya)
    • 10th Regional Leather Sector Core Team (RLSTCT) and the 4th Stakeholders Consultative Workshop (12-15 December 2016);

COMESA/LLPI Experts conducted a base line survey to assess Effect of Export Regime Policies on the Performance of the Leather Value Chain, under FAO finance support;

  • Improved collaboration and networking between Government and the Value Chain Actors, which was not in existence prior to the intervention by COMESA/LLPI;
  • Enforcement of raw hides and skins export restriction has improved supplies of raw hides and skins in the domestic market, consequently pushing up tanning capacities to around 80% from 40%;
  • Regulatory policy reforms and enforcement have led to two new foreign investors currently constructing a tannery;
  • 2015/16 also marked the production of finished leather in Burundi, with the opportunity of feeding the domestic market and also exporting to Rwanda, Uganda and other surrounding countries;
  • A full-fledged footwear manufacturing company was officially opened; targeting to attain 1000 pairs per day;
  • Burundi exports of raw goat skins to the COMESA Region grew from US$ 0 to US$ 113,000;
  • Individual SMEs trained to improve on their shoe production and increasing their market orientation at national and regional levels;
  • 25 out of those trained provided with working opportunities in the new footwear factory;
  • Potential linkage of SMEs with the operating footwear factory built to adapt to cluster approach;
  • New footwear design, which is 98% handmade, revealed in Burundi. Innovation at its best.

 

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