The ALLPI Annual Regional Leather Sector Stakeholders Consultative Forum which had been commenced on 16th December 2020 in Hawassa, Ethiopia was concluded with success on 18th December 2020.
The Forum was concluded with recommendations to be implemented by the ALLPI, Member States, Academic Institutions and private enterprises. Some of the pillar recommendations are establishment of E-Commerce, promote leather design Studio, certification of eco-friendly leather products, innovation and knowledge diffusion, curriculum harmonization among others.
Prof. (Dr5) Mwinyihija, the Executive Director of ALLPI, in his closing remarks, pointed out that, “the Years to come is for Africa. All the opportunities and technologies are at hand and we need to work hard to promote our SMEs to produce quality and eco-friendly products to compete in the global market.” Prof. Mwinyihija underscored the upcoming year 2021 will be another milestone for Africa to host the four global events namely, XXXVI IULTCS Congress, 5th World Congress, ISO/TC 120 Leather Committee Meeting and All Africa Leather Fair (AALF). The Executive Director also thanked Member States, Academia Platforms, private enterprises, Haile Resort Staff, and ALLPI Staff for the effort to realize the successful conclusion of the Forum.
The ALLPI Annual Stakeholders Consultative Forum 2020 officially opened at Haile Resort, Hawassa, Ethiopia on 16th December 2020.
The Official Opening was made by H.E. Mr. Yohannes Dinkayehu, State Minister of Trade and Industry of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and Mr. Bekele Tunsisa, Vice President of the Sidama Region.
The Forum is being conducted under the Theme of “Transitioning Africa’s SMEs to Digital Economy by Skills Portability, Technology Adoption and Diffusion!”
Participants are from the Triple-Helix Platform (Public, Private and Academia) from ALLPI ten Member Countries. The Forum will be concluded on 18th December 2020.
Chingola Leather Cluster in Zambia is now set to provide certified eco-friendly industrial gloves to the mines and engineering industry large. This is as the result of the capacity building intervention provided by Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute(ALLPI) in Collaboration with the Government of the Republic of Zambia through Ministry of Commerce , Trade and Industry and Konkola Copper Mines Plc (KCM). In 2018, ALLPI conducted Skills training in design and production of Industrial gloves at Chingola Leather Cluster as part of its deliverables among other things stipulated in the MOU signed with KCM.
Part of the results of Capacity building by COMESA and ALLPI supported by the RISM programme funded by EU. The Training was made in Kafue in Zambia.
The Visit was made by Madam Hope and her Team. The Trainers of the this training are those already trained by ALLPI as Training of Trainers (ToT).
The 37th Board of Directors Meeting of African Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI), was held virtually from September 17 to 19, 2020.
Prof. Mwinyikione Mwinyihija, ALLPI Executive Director, welcomed Board members and opened the Meeting and the Board Members elected Mr. Abdul Hakiim Sekandi (Uganda) as Chairperson. The Current Members of the BoD are Eritrea, Ethiopia, Malawi, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
The Executive Director presented ALLPI’s accomplished activities for the period January 1st to August 31, 2020, and the Institute’s 2021 work plan and budget proposal and made thorough discussion on Matters Arising from its 36th BoD Meeting, Institutes progress report of January 1st to August 31, 2020, and work plan, budget proposal of 2021 and Staff Matters.
The Board expressed appreciation for the much output registered during the reporting period, despite the challenges of Covid-19 pandemic, thanked the Executive Director and staff for translating ALLPI as a progressive team and once again confirmed the Board’s full support to management for full implementation of its remaining 2020 activities and 2021 work plan.
Finally, the Board, after adoption of the Report of the Thirty-Seventh Meeting, thanking for all Board Members on keeping to time and the Meeting was officially closed on September 19, 2020.
The Office for the Promotion of Small and Medium-Sized Congolese Enterprises (OPEC) in conjunction with The Technical and Professional Institute (ITP) - BUMBU, in fulfillment of the National TVET Qualification Framework (NTQF) that set qualification of TVET Programs in DRC, requested Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI) to facilitate the development of Footwear and Leather goods Design and Production levels I, II and III. The participants of the workshop were drawn from the public sector, comprising of officials from the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Commerce Trade and Industry and the Standards department. From the Private Sector comprising of experienced officials from the Tannery, Shoe factory, Cluster Management and artisans. From the Academia comprising of experienced officials from Technical colleges who are curriculum developers and trainers.
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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