Gove Training in Zambia 2018

The Expert from ALLPI with the consultant from Ethiopia Leather Industry Development Institute (LIDI) went to Ndola, Zambia to give training on Glove making from 19th to 26th November 2018 in Chingola Leather Cluster.

The main objective of this specific Training was to build capacity of the selected SME’s in industrial glove making and link them to Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) for product and marketing cooperation. This activity is in line with Zambia Leather Value Chain Strategy which the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry is implementing with cooperation of ALLPI. This Strategy used as a roadmap for transforming the leather sector into a robust sector that would generate value in the Zambian economy, consequently contributing to the realization of the Vision 2030.

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A Team led by Executive Director of Africa Lather and leather products Institute (ALLPI) Prof. M. Mwinyihija participated in the “11th Asia International Conference of Leather Science and Technology (AICLST)”. The conference was hosted by the China Leather Industry Association (CLIA) and organized by Shaanxi University of Science and Technology (SUST) in the city of Xi’an, Shaanxi province, China on the 16th -19th Oct., 2018.

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New COMESA Secretary General Visit of ALLPI
H.E. Madam CHILESHE KAPWEPWE being recieved at the ED's Office of ALLPI

The New Secretary General of COMESA, H.E CHILESHE KAPWEPWE, Visited Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI) Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 17th September 2018. The Secretary General was accompanied by Mr. Simal Amore, Chief – Strategic Planning and Research, and Mr. Salvator Matata, Head of COMESA Liaison Office to the AU. The SG was welcomed by the Executive Director - Prof. Mwinyikione Mwinyihija and ALLPI staff.

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AFRICAN ORGANIZATION FOR STANDARDIZATION

Venue:  Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi Kenya

Date:  29th – 31st August 2018.

The committee's 5th meeting was convened in Nairobi, Kenya from the 29th to 31st of August 2018. The objective of the meeting was to deliberate on comments received from the Member States on the previous drafts documents, approved new work items, proposed standards for adoption as African Standards (ARS) and to identify new projects for future work
The meeting was officially opened by Mr. Reuben Gisore who is the Technical Director ARSO.  During his opening remark, Mr. Gisore thanked the THC for its commendable work and role it plays in the harmonization of textiles and leather standards. He further emphasized that standards must take into consideration all people, whether living in rural or urban areas. He gave examples of new types of plant fibres which could benefit people doing small scale farming in rural areas and reusable sanitary towels which is an option for women who cannot afford disposable sanitary products or any products at all.

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Malawi footwear Training 2018

The Expert from ALLPI with the consultant from Member States went to Malawi to give training on FOOTWEAR DESIGNING AND FINISHING to SMEs from 13th to 20th August 2018 in Blantyre, Malawi.

The main objective of the Training was to enhance the quality of shoes produced by SME’s by using the newly established state of the art machines in Leather Satellite Design Studio in Blantyre.  The machines were bought with the support of EU-RISM with the aim of producing high quality footwear in Malawi.


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Academia Meeting 2018 August Mombasa, Kenya

ALLPI held its second scientific meeting from 3 to 4 August at PrideInn Paradise Beach Resort, in Mombasa, Kenya. Five Universities, namely Makerere University Business School (MUBS)-Uganda, Sudan University of Science and Technology (SUST)-Sudan, National University of Science and Technology (NUST)-Zimbabwe, Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (DeKUT)-Kenya, Bahir Dar University- Ethiopian Institute of Textile & Fashion Technology (EITEX)-Ethiopia took part and presented progress reports on their ongoing collaborative research projects with ALLPI and/or two new Concept Notes. Each presentation was followed by thorough discussion. The ongoing projects and newly submitted Concept Notes were as listed here below:

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34th ALLPI Board of Directors Meeting

The African Leather and Leather Products Institute Board of Directors thirty fourth meeting, which is also the first Board meeting for the year 2018,   was held in in Mombasa, Kenya  at  PrideInn Paradise Beach Resort from August 6 to 7, 2018. Prof. Mwinyikione Mwinyihija, ALLPI Executive Director, welcomed Board members and presented ALLPI’s accomplished activities for the period January 1st to July 30, 2018, and the Institute’s 2019 work plan and budget proposal.

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Business Plan Designing and Implimentation 2018 1

ALLPI as mandated institute to develop the leather sector in Africa in general and in its member states in particular organized the “Business Plan Designing and Implementation” workshop that was held 30th July – 3rd August in Mombasa, Kenya.
Participants were drawn from the following 12 African Countries: Burundi, DRC, Eretria, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe. The participants were mainly from government ministries and private sector.
The general objective of the workshop was to improve the capacities of Member States in terms of supporting their respective enterprises in the leather sector.

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On 1st August 2018 in Antananarivo, Madagascar at 1730 hours Mr. Sindiso Ngwenya, the outgoing Secretary General of COMESA, received the High Honorary Distinction COMMANDER OF MALAGASY NATIONAL ORDER from His Excellency Mr Hery Martial Rajaonarimampianina, President of the Republic of Madagascar and Chairman of the COMESA Authority for Distinguished Service in regional integration. The honour is in recognition of Ngwenya’s distinguished service in regional integration.

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