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


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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The 6th meeting of technical harmonization committee (THC -07) on textiles and leather products was convened at Sarova Stanley Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya from 5th to 8th of November 2019. It was attended by 27 delegates drawn from African Countries/Institutions namely; from Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI), Botswana, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda,  Zimbabwe, Sudan and  ARSO Secretariat from Nairobi. Apology was noted from South Africa. ALLPI was represented in this meeting by Harrison Mungai (the Institute’s Leather Value Chain and Tannery Expert.

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Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI), in its endeavor to promote intra-regional and international trade in the leather sector, fully sponsored 9 leather SMEs from nine Member countries to participate during the 11th edition of All Africa Leather Fair (AALF) which was held 9th – 12th November 2019 at Millennium Hall, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI) in collaboration with Leather Industry Development Institute of Ethiopia (LIDI) and Ethiopia Leather Industry Association (ELIA) facilitated the business mission of France composed of five business people and Association Leaders to the leather Industry in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 7th – 9th November 2019 . The business people were from major industry players in France (DEGE TRADING / NORCUIR, COVICO / NOUVELLE SOCIETE ARNAUD, FORTAIN, NICK WINTERS HIDES & SKINS / BIGARD / SOCOPA, SYNDICAT GENERAL DES CUIRS ET PEAUX).

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ALLPI in collaboration with Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Trade of Kingdom of Eswatini conducted training on Footwear Design, Cutting and Assembling during 14th – 25th October 2019 in Ezulwini Valley, Kingdom of Eswatini. The Training venue was Cooperative College for the theoretical part and for the practical part was taking place in crafters training center. The Training was sponsored by Regional Integration Support Mechanism (RISM).

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