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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)
The ALLPI Team first met and discussed with the RISM Project Implementation Unit (PIU), on the procurement of the equipment supported by the RISM program for Karari Vocational Training Center and Sudan University for Science and Technology leather Incubator, as well as   the other budget lines related to development of the leather Value Chain in Sudan.
The ALLPI Team also paid courtesy call to the Under-Secretary, Mr. Mohamed Ali AbdAllah, Ministry of Industry & Trade and discussed on the way forward in the implementation of the Sudan’s Leather Value Chain Strategy and ALLPI’s role in the development of leather sector in Sudan through specific intervention in line with ALLPI strategic objectives.  The meeting with the Undersecretary was also attended by Mr. Nadir Elrayah Awad – Director of International Relations and Mr. Adel Fadallah Elnadif Acting Head of COMESA Coordinating Unit.
Two Diploma curricula in leather Technology, namely, Diploma Program in Leather Industries Engineering –Leather Manufacturing Processes and Diploma Program in Leather Industries Engineering –Leather Products, that were developed through ALLPI facilitation, in collaboration with Sudan Technological University, were validated and launched at the Sudan Technological University (STU) on December 23, 2019. The event was attended by the University Vice Chancellor, Dr. Ali Mohammed Hamdan Adam and other University officials.
The ALLPI Team also visited the Sudan University for Science and Technology (SUST) and met and discussed with the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Awad Saad Hassan Mohamed and other University officials on the way forward regarding the future cooperation. The SUST-ALLPI collaborative research project concept note entitled, “Enhanced academia involvement for fast tracking SMEs development in the leather sector in Sudan” was also reviewed and finalized for implementation.
Some of the other major activities conducted during the mission period are shown in pictorial form with brief descriptions here below.
 
Partial view of the visit to SUST (ALLPI Executive Director Prof. Mwinyikione Mwinyihija (left) and the SUST Vice Chancellor Prof. Awad Saad Hassan Mohamed (right)
 
Group Photo after SUST visit










The ALLPI Team met and discussed with Dr. Tageldin Saeed, Director General of Ministry of Industry and Commerce – Khartoum State, on the issues related to ways and means of enhancing the Khartoum Leather Council and the Gari Industrial Park activities.

 
Partial view of ALLPI Team meeting with the Director General of Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Khartoum State




The ALLPI Team visited the Karari Vocational Training and Entrepreneurship Center and had discussions with Mr. Mukhtar Mahmoud,  Director General, Vocational Training Administration, Ministry of Human Development and Labour-Khartoum State, Dr Abdel Rahim Mohamed Ahmed, Strategic Planning Director at Supreme Council for Human Development and Labour-Khartoum State,  Mr. Elgasim Hassan Abdalla, Director, Vocational Training and Entrepreneurship Center, Karari, and other staff of the center
 
Partial view of the visit at Karari Vocational Training and Entrepreneurship Center



The ALLPI Team also visited the International University of Africa and held discussions with the Vice – Chancellor, Prof. Kamal M. Obeid Babikir and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Musa Taha. The two institutions (International University of Africa and ALLPI) signed MoU to work together to develop the mechanisms and to undertake activities jointly, that will promote and sustain the value adding activities along the leather value chain, in Sudan.
 
Partial view of the discussion held with the Vice – Chancellor, Prof. Kamal M. Obeid Babikir (left)

 
MoU signing event Between ALLPI and International University of Africa

















The ALLPI Team visited Robitan Tannery in Khartoum North and met and discussed with representative of the private sector and other stakeholders such as   the chamber of footwear manufacturers, Industrial Development Bank and SUST incubator that were invited for the meeting at the Robitan Tannery.  The  issues discussed were focusing on constrains facing the tanning industry and footwear manufacturing in Sudan.
 
Partial view of the meeting participants at Robitan Tannery

 
Partial view of the visit to the Robitan tannery
 
Some of the products of MSMEs based on Robitan tannery processed leather

 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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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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Only two of Tanzania’s eight tanneries are now operating, as they are unable to make a profit on leather, according to specialist local press.

S&V Africa Leather quotes Niaz Hirani, head of leather at tannery operator Industrial Promotion Services, who said the situation is so bad that most hides are now being dried and sold to West Africa as food, a local delicacy.

Tanners in East Africa have warehouses of hides they are unable to process, and might soon have to sell them for less than they paid to liquidate stock, he added.

Source: https://leatherbiz.com

The authorities in Botswana have said construction will start soon on a new leather park at Lobatse and could be ready to start production within 18 months.

At a recent seminar on the project, Lesitamang Paya, who is co-ordinating work on the leather park for the local authority, said that Botswana’s current cattle population of 1.8 million head would be unable to supply the volume of hides the site will need to operate efficiently.

He said his calculations show that 75 tonnes of hides per day will be needed as raw material for the leather park to operate well. He called on livestock farmers in Botswana to improve their herd management, starting immediately, to supply the hides required.

Around 60% of the raw material the new leather park will process will be bovine hides, he explained, with exotic skins, including ostrich and crocodile, making up the rest.

Mr Paya added that the leather park is also likely to consume two million litres of water per day. He said the project’s solution to this was to build the park close to an existing water resource, a sewerage treatment facility close to Lobatse. He explained that the plan was to extract water from here, treat it and use it in leather production. Wastewater from tanning operations will then be used at a nearby farm.

In addition, there will be a dedicated, secure landfill site for disposing of solid waste from the park.

Source: https://leatherbiz.com/

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