Withstanding the outbreak of COVID 19 in the African Leather industry

The Pan African Leather Fair (PALF) in partnership with Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI), Leather Apex Kenya, and the South African Footwear and Leather Export Council (SAFLEC). It created an opportunity to discuss the current escalating global situation and discover what you need to be better equipped to thrive and not only survive during this crisis. Learning more on the current situation of the African leather industry, challenges, and opportunities.

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Delegates visit to ALLPI Headquarters
Delegates visit to ALLPI Headquarters
Delegates visit to ALLPI Headquarters
Delegates visit to ALLPI Headquarters

Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI) facilitated the Experience sharing mission of Malawi delegates composed of ten officials from the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism, and Leather sector association leaders of Malawi to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 9th – 12th March 2020. The general objective of the mission was to share experiences on how to foster the development of SMEs/cooperatives in the leather sector. The Mission was initiated and supported by the MALAWI ENTERPRISE PRODUCTIVITY ENHANCEMENT (MEPE) PROJECT III.

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ALLPI During the Materials Design and Innovation Exhibition-INSPIRAMAIS 2021_I
ALLPI During the Materials Design and Innovation Exhibition-INSPIRAMAIS 2021_I

Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI), considering that international relations and cooperation offer excellent opportunities to promote collaborations and share best practices between institutions, attended the “Materials Design and Innovation Exhibition-INSPIRAMAIS 2021_I” held at the Pro Magno Events Center (Rua Samarita, 230- Casa Verde_  Sao Paulo), Brazil on January 14 and 15, 2020.

ALLPI was represented by its Executive Director Prof. (Dr.5) Mwinyikione Mwinyihija during the Event.

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CS.Cart has partnered with Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI) to setup a B2B platform to fast-track the trading process of African SMEs in the leather value chain.

In response to COVID-19 Pandemic, CS-Cart is supporting industry associations and non-profits with free CS-Cart license to stimulate the slowed down business activities.

On the basis of that, ALLPI has got the free license for CS-Cart B2B & B2C platform which will assist leather sector SMEs to trade among themselves. And ALLPI also appreciates CS.Cart endeavors towards linking business during such challenging times.

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Dear Global Leather Industry Colleagues,

 I want to draw your attention to the attached infographic that the Leather and Hide Council of America (LHCA) intends to send out and post on social media channels later today. We will accompany it with a press release that provides additional information about the industry and basic facts about the association. Using a new media tool we recently acquired, we will be sending this infographic and press release to a significant number of media contacts in fashion, footwear, sustainability and lifestyle media outlets. Currently, we have a target list of several hundred media outlets that will receive this information.

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At the African Union Headquarters, on the margins of the 33rd Ordinary Assembly of African Union Heads of State and Government, the CEO and Chairman of the AeTrade Group, Mr. Mulualem Syoum and the Executive Director of the Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI), Prof. Mwinyikione Mwinyihija signed an MoU in the presence of the COMESA Secretary General, the AU Commissioner for Trade and Industry, other officials and media people, on February 10, 2020.

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ALLPI’s Executive Director Prof. Dr. Mwinyikione Mwinyihija accompanied by Prof. Mekonnen Hailemariam Ag.  Program Coordinator and Mr. Nasir Mahmoud Talab – ALLPI Cluster Expert were on mission to Sudan from 22nd  – 27th  December 2019 .

The objectives of the mission were:

  •  To validate and launch two Diploma level Curricula in Leather Technology at Sudan Technological University (STU); and
  •  To meet leather sector stakeholders in Sudan (Private, Public and Academia)
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 The 13th ALLPI Annual Regional Consultative Forum which was held from 11th to 13th December 20119 at Bingu Wa Mutharika International Convention Center (BICC), Lilingwe, Malawi concluded with bundles of success. The Forum was attended by the Regional Leather Sector Core Team Members, MSMEs, Technical Committee Members, Representatives of Member States, Academia, Private Sector and Partner Institutions, namely:  Ege University-Turkey, Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI)-India, U.V. Enterprises-India, Solidaridad-Southern Africa, and Trade and Fairs Consulting GmbH-Germany.

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December 8, 2019
Preparations in place to hold Annual Regional Consultative Forum 2019 in Lilongwe, Malawi

MALAWI HOSTS THE ALLPI ANNUAL REGIONAL CONSULTATIVE FORUM 2019

The Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism of Malawi in collaboration with Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI) has organised the 2019 Annual Regional Consultative Forum in Lilongwe from 11th – 13th December 2019 at Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe under the theme:“Develop Africa’s Leather Value Chain through research, business linkages and technology transfer”

ALLPI, headquartered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, is an intergovernmental Institution mandated for spearheading the development of the leather sector in Africa in general and in COMESA Sub-Region in particular. Its main prerogative is to assist the private and public leather industries in promoting value addition, productivity, competitiveness, trade and regional integration. The mode of attaining these objectives is through providing technical, technological and information inputs through pooling relevant capacities and capabilities, and mobilizing resources.

This forum is anchored on the Triple Helix Approach of the Private Sector - Government - Academia Partnership and is expected to convene more than 70 international delegates across the globe. The 2019 Consultative Forum aims at:

  • Creating opportunity to share the national and regional leather sector success stories (Promote cross fertilization of success models);
  • Building consensus towards innovation, quality assurance and their importance for export readiness in reference to recent events;
  • Sharing research undertakings by identified players at regional and global level
  • Identifying the key challenges and interventions towards achieving sustainable regional leather sector development
  • Enhancing the leather tanning industry sustainable production processes, consumption and eco-entrepreneurship
  • Designing potential pathway to capacity building and technology transfer from national, regional and global perspectives.
  • Discussing the new Strategic Direction of ALLPI being Knowledge based Institution.

Key note speakers at the highly anticipated forum include Honourable Salim Bagus, M.P. Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism and the Executive Director of the Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute, Prof. Mwinyikione Mwinyihija.

The Forum will also feature sector presentations and discussions with leading speakers, SME’s Products show case and sector experts from Africa and globally.

Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism of Malawi, Hon. Ibrahim Salim Bagus said:

“…Malawi considers the leather sector as a strategic sector for both import substitution and export promotion as it holds a strong potential to contribute up to 4% of Malawi’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The country is therefore pleased to host this year’s international forum which is focusing on how best our economies can grow the leather value chain through research and development, business linkages and technology transfer...”

The Regional Consultative Forum brings together a unique mix of stakeholders drawn from the main pillars of policy, business, academia and research from the Africa and abroad. It is a platform for promoting technology transfer and intra and inter trade among various players in the leather value chain. The forum is generating value and trade opportunities among the participants.

The Executive Director of ALLPI, Prof. Mwinyikione Mwinyihija Stated that “Africa is innovating and the introduction of design studios for our SME's is a game changer to the continents leather sector to enhance productivity and competitiveness!"

For more information Contact:
• Ministry of Industry, Trade & Tourism
Gemini House
P. O. Box 30366
Lilongwe3, Malawi
Tel: +265 1 770 244
Mobile: +265 884 359 197/+265 996 241 885
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• Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute
P.O. Box 2358, Code 1110
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Tel. +251 911662669
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