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.


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.


Ethiopian footwear manufacturer Anbessa has emerged as the successful bidder in an auction to acquire a tannery in Bahir Dar, around 500 kilometres north of Addis Ababa.

The former Habesha tannery operated from 2011 until April 2019, making crust for export markets. When it ceased production, banks moved in and arranged the auction to recoup some of the money the previous owners owed.

Anbessa has said it plans to buy new machinery, to take production as far as finished leather, which it intends to use in its own footwear manufacturing operations. It also said it will build a new water treatment plant at the site.

After securing ownership of the tannery, Bamlaku Demissie, general manager of Anbessa, said: “We’ve been buying finished leather from the different tanneries. Now we’ll make our own.”

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At the recent All China Leather Exhibition in Shanghai, secretary general of the China Leather Industry Association, Chen Zhanguang, announced new guidelines that the agency has distributed to member companies regarding the correct use of the English term ‘leather’.

“These are only guidelines and not yet law,” Mr Chen said, “and it will take time for regulation to come in. But the All China Leather Exhibition is the best place to start implementing this practice.”

Turkish tanners, leather chemicals and tanning machinery manufacturers have built strong ties with partners in Africa.

Companies in Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, Sudan and other parts of Africa have found willing buyers in Turkey of raw and semi-processed hides and skins.

In parallel, Turkish tanning machinery manufacturers and leather chemicals suppliers have been able to make sales among these African suppliers. “A new trading system is in operation,” industry commentators have said.


ZIMBABWE and other African countries are losing billions of dollars in potential revenue from sale of leather products due to poor industrialisation policies and weak value-addition strategies, a leather expert in Ethiopia has said.

Mekonnen Hailemariam from the Leather Institute in Addis Ababa, on Thursday told African journalists attending an African Union media awareness on the Accelerated Industrial Development for Africa (Aida) framework and related strategies and industrial policy literacy, that 16% of global hides and skins were from the continent, but the source countries were earning very little from the leather industry.

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11-13th December 2019, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Theme: "Develop Africa’s Leather Value Chain through Research, Business Linkages and Technology Transfer!”

Lake Malawi
Lake Malawi
Lake Malawi

ALLPI Strives to Pursue SDG 5, 8, 9, 12 & 17, AUC Agenda 2063 and COMESA Industrial Policy (2015-2030) in Implementing its Regional Leather Sector Strategic Objectives (2016 - 2025)


This is a special forum, anchored on the Triple Helix Approach. It brings together stakeholders from the Leather Sector, which includes the Public, Private and the Academia sectors. ALLPI’s intent for the forum is to create platforms to enhance technology transfer, collaboration, networking, reasearch development, and innovation to enhance value addition and promote the regional inter and intra-trade.

The scope of the 2019 Consultative Forum is guided by specific objectives that are to:

  • Create opportunity to share the national and regional leather sector success stories (Promote cross fertilization of success models);
  • Build consensus towards innovation, quality assurance and their importance for export readiness in reference to recent events;
  • Share research undertakings by identified players at regional and global level Identify the key challenges and interventions towards achieving sustainable regional leather sector development;
  • Enhance the leather tanning industry sustainable production processes, consumption and eco-entrepreneurship;
  • Design potential pathway to capacity building and technology transfer from both global and regional perspectives.

Executive Director's Welcome Message

Welcome to the ALLPI Regional Consultative Forum, 2019, to be held in Lake Malawi, Malawi, which is the fourth largest fresh water lake in the world by volume and the ninth largest lake in the world by area. With the theme of “Develop Africa’s Leather Value Chain through Research, Business Linkages and Technology Transfer!”, the Forum promises to build on the achievements of the 2018 Forum, which was held in Port Sudan, Sudan. The 2019, forum promises to bring new practical interactions:  technology transfer – tanning symposium, B2B meetings and showcasing of new products designs from the SMEs platform.

We are excited to share with you an incredible Forum program, which will include the following keynote events and speakers, who will be drawn from across the world:

  • Tanning clinic from raw hides and skins to high quality finished leather, ready for various fashion displays;
  • New Technology on Leather Recovery, Product development, Waste management and Cleaner Production;
  • Awards for trending leather products designs under the Regional Designers Studio Project;
  • B2B Meetings SMEs and potential buyers from the national, regional and global arena; and
  • Key note address from leading Business, Public and Academia speakers from renowned institutions;

Along with these fantastic activities, our social program provides the following menu:

  • An afternoon excursion to the exquisite Lake Malawi – mixing Business with Pleasure
  • The Executive Director Annual Dinner.

I invite you, to be part of history in the transformation of the Africa leather sector, from Commodity to Product Focus, face-to-face with the premier players, who are ready to take leather to the next level.


Prof. (Dr5.) Mwinyikione Mwinyihija, Executive Director

About Lake Malawi

Lake Malawi, also known as Lake Nyasa in Tanzania and Lago Niassa in Mozambique, is an African Great Lake and the southernmost lake in the East African Rift system, located between Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania. It is the fourth largest fresh water lake in the world by volume, the ninth largest lake in the world by area—and the third largest and second deepest lake in Africa. Lake Malawi is home to more species of fish than any other lake, including at least 700 species of cichlids. The Mozambique portion of the lake was officially declared a reserve by the Government of Mozambique on June 10, 2011, while in Malawi a portion of the lake is included in Lake Malawi National Park. Lake Malawi is a meromictic lake, meaning that its water layers do not mix. The permanent stratification of Lake Malawi’s water and the oxic-anoxic boundary (relating to oxygen in the water) are maintained by moderately small chemical and thermal gradients. Lake Malawi has two inhabited islands: Likoma Island and Chizumulu Island. The larger being the Likoma island, and together make up the Likoma District. Lake Malawi is very beautiful, and is appealing to tourists because of its islands and beaches. Some of the most important activities offered by the local resorts include snorkeling, boat riding, kayaking, scuba diving, sailing, camping, water skiing, trips to the islands, beach football, and many other water activities.

Lake Malawi

Why Sponsor?

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 Forum is growing year after year and it is now attracting business orientated participants. ALLPI is thus inviting corporate participates to co-share the costs of the forum, in the spirit of SMART partnership, for sustainability and progress. Sponsors and exhibitors will be acknowledged prior to, during and after the forum through conference materials and the ALLPI website, and will have an opportunity to potential business partners. The exhibition will be open for the duration of the forum, with morning and afternoon refreshments served in the exhibition area each day to maximize exposure. We look forward to your participation in this premier regional industry event, we welcoming you to Lake Malawi, where you can bask under the sun, get a tan, or see great acua life when diving.

 Benefits for Platinum Sponsor
  • Company logo & description in conference communication materials used for the forum
  • Banner advert on conference website
  • Company logo & description on conference website
  • VIP reserved seating for all sessions
  • Logo on Conference signage
  • Recognition in opening keynote
  • Guaranteed speaking session
  • Booth to display your products
  • On-site video interview
  • Conference bag insert
  • 30 Minutes presentation about your business
  • Arranged B2B meetings
  • Recognition in post-conference thank you communication
  • Posting of your speaking session materials
  • Featured piece of content on website
  • Inclusion in post event vedio
 Benefits for Gold Sponsor
  • Banner advert on conference website
  • Company logo & description on conference website
  • Logo on Conference signage
  • Recognition in opening keynote
  • Guaranteed speaking session
  • On-site video interview
  • 20 Minutes presentation about your business
  • Arranged B2B meetings
  • Recognition in post-conference thank you communication
  • Inclusion in post event video
 Benefits for Silver Sponsor
  • Company logo & description on conference website
  • Logo on Conference signage
  • Recognition in opening keynote
  • On-site video interview
  • Arranged B2B meetings
  • Recognition in post-conference thank you communication
  • Inclusion in post event video

 High University Officials from Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI) Academia Platform participating Universities visited Ege University, Turkey from August 25-30, 2019. The purpose of the visit was sharing of knowledge/experience, benchmarking and signing of MoU for close collaboration with Ege University in the areas of mutual interest. The delegation included vice chancellors, Directors, Dean, Department heads and senior academicians from six universities, namely Bahirdar University-EiTEX-Ethiopia, Dedan Kimathi University of Science and Technology-Kenya, Sudan Technological University-Sudan, Kymbogo University-Uganda, Makerere University Business School-Uganda and Copperstone University of Zambia.  ALLPI in close collaboration with Prof. Bari Basaran Dean, Graduate School of Natural and Applied Science of Ege University facilitated and coordinated the visit program. Prof. Mekonnen Hailemariam, Advisor to the Executive Director, ALLPI, led the visiting delegation.

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The Expert from ALLPI with the consultant from Member States went to Mauritius to give training on Basic Leather Goods and Footwear making technology from 19th to 23rd August 2019.

The main objective of the mission was to enhance the skills of SME’s in producing Leather goods and footwear in the newly established satellite Leather studio in the compound of SME Mauritius Ltd Handicraft Training Academy & Business Development and Facilitation.

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