13th Edition of All Africa Leather Fair
13th Edition of All Africa Leather Fair

The 13th Edition of the All Africa Leather Fair (AALF), which ran through 20th – 22nd April 2023 at Millennium Hall in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, was concluded to have global business linkages in the leather sector.

Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI) Co-sponsored and co-organized this edition which is an Ideal Platform for Leather and Leather Products and allied Industries markets in Africa.

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A Regional Hybrid workshop on setting ground for the physical piloting of the hides and skins traceability and Eco-certification system was conducted during 4th – 7th April 2023 in a hybrid mode (virtual and physical). A total of 40 participants from 10 ALLPI Member countries namely, Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Sudan, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Participants from each country converged in a hotel at each respective country and linked with other country participants in a virtual means making a hybrid meeting.

Objectives of the workshop are:

  1. To set grounds for the physical piloting of the hides and skins traceability and Eco-certification system.
  2. To identify and orient the selected pilot centers and the personnel to run the centers on how coding system and eco-certification needs.
  3. To draft a crosscutting plan that will be followed during the forthcoming RECAMP activities on this matter.

At the end of the workshop participants were able to identify pilot centers depending of the criteria put forward for the exercise. In addition, participants have come up with activity plans to be following during the physical piloting workshop.

Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI) participated on Global Trade and investment Mission 2023 (South Africa CAPE TOWN) (25th - 31st MARCH 2023) to represent Africa Leather sector in general and to explore the collaboration areas to support the Africa leather value chain.

The objectives of this investment and Trade mission are to create awareness about the potential of the leather sector in Africa for Trade and investment and brief the participants about the ALLPI’s activities in facilitating the development of the leather sector in the region; that in turn allows participants from Africa and other part of the world know the potential and invest in Africa sustainably. This also created networking with the conference participants/Exhibitors and the potential investment funders for the future support activities to Africa Leather sector in general.

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ARSO Delegates to ALLPI
ARSO Delegates to ALLPI

Africa Organization for Standardization (ARSO) paid courtesy visit to ALLPI Headquarters on Friday March 3, 2023.

The ARSO delegates who were led by the Technical Director Mr. Rueben Gisore, have discussed several issues with ALLPI Experts Team members led by its Acting Executive Director Mr. Ghebregziabher Ghebremedhin. During the Meeting, it was agreed that the two organizations can work together on any activities related to quality & standards, products certification, and awareness creation.

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Secretary General of COMESA Courtesy Visit to ALLPI

The Secretary-General (SG) of COMESA, Her Excellency Chileshe Mpundu Kapwepwe visited ALLPI on Friday, 17th February 2023. This was a courtesy call visit to ALLPI, which is one of the COMESA institutions endorsed by the COMESA heads of states, and mandated to facilitate the development of the leather sector in Africa in general and the COMESA region in particular. She was accompanied by the Executive Support Officer in her office, Mrs. Maluba S. Sinyambo and the Chief Resource Mobilization and International Cooperation (Secretary General’s office- International Cooperation Unit).

The purpose of the visit was for her Excellency to get briefings on ALLPI activities towards the leather sector development in the 10 member countries of ALLPI and also identify areas where the COMESA secretariat can provide support.

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Starting from 16th-18th January 2023 Africa Union Commission organized A RECs CEOs retreat, coordination committee and strategic partners exerts meeting in Nairobi, Kenya in which a representative from the Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute by the Name Mr. Kiraye Michael gave a presentation on “Inter-REC cooperation using Leather Sector as a concrete intervention”.

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Burundi Incubation Center Launch

A Small and Medium Enterprises service providing center established at Kamenge Artisans Production Center was launched by H.E. Madam Marie Chantal Nijembre, Minister of Commerce, Transport, Industry and Tourism on the 4th of November 2022. In the Launching ceremony, ALLPI delegation composed of Mr. Ghebregziabher Ghebremedhin programmes Coordinator and Professor Mekonnen Hailemariam Advisor to the Executive Director attended the launching ceremony following the invitation of the honorable Minister Madam Marie Chantal Nijembre.

H.E. in her speech hailed the establishment of the center which is expected to contribute to the transformation process of the leather sector in Burundi. She reiterated government’s commitment to support the leather sector in general and in making the incubation center workable in particular. She gave her guidance on how the incubation center will be managed.  She commended ALLPI’s support to the leather sector in Burundi citing the facilitation of the establishment of the Kamenge Incubation center as one of the collaborations between Burundi and the ALLPI. She thanked ALLPI for all the support to the leather sector in general and coming to attend the launching of the incubation center in particular. She assured the delegates that her ministry will work to strengthen further the partnership with the ALLPI. Further she assured that the government of Burundi will honor its commitment to ALLPI.

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ALLPI Delegates and Sudan COMESA Coordinating Unit of the Ministry of Trade & Supplies (Mr. Ghebregziabher Ghebremedhin, PC ALLPI, first from left, Mrs Khediga Sadig Director of Sudan COMESA Coordinating Unit second from left, Professor Mekonnen, Advisor to the ED ALLPI, third from left, Mrs. Tigist Hailegiorgis ABF head ALLPI, fourth from left, Mr. Ishag Yagoub Sudan COMESA Coordinating Unit fourth from left, others staff members of Sudan Ministry of Trade & Supplies
ALLPI Delegates at Sudan Standard and Metrology Organization

Africa Leather & Leather Products Institute (ALLPI) conducted a successful mission to the Republic of Sudan 23 – 28 October 2022.

The aim of the mission was to discuss on how to further strengthen the collaborations between the leather value chain stakeholders of Sudan and the ALLPI so that to enhance the process of transformation of the leather sector in Sudan. The mission was planned and implemented in collaboration with the Sudan COMESA coordinating unit of the Ministry of Trade and Supplies.

The ALLPI delegates in its four days mission conducted fruitful meetings with different stakeholders in the Sudanese Leather Value Chain:
The first meeting was conducted between the representatives of the Ministry of Trade & Supplies and the ALLPI in which delegates the discussion concentrated on bilateral issues concerning ALLPI’s intervention in the value chain and Sudan’s assessed contribution were thoroughly discussed.  In the meeting the Ministry expressed its satisfaction with collaborative activities and affirmed Sudan’s commitment to its membership and confirmed its commitment to fulfill its obligations.

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The Leather and Hide Council of America (L&HCA) and the African Leather and Leather Products Institute(ALLPI) have partnered to launch the Real Leather. Stay Different. African Talent Leather Design Showcase 2023 (RLSD African Showcase ‘23). The new partnership, which commits to ‘educating the next generation of creatives’, aims to reshape education around the production and use of sustainable leather across Africa.

Download the Press release      Real Leather. STAY Different.

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