The National Leather Value Chain Strategy unpacking workshop and Curricula Development in Leather Technology at Certificate and diploma levels were held at the Asmara Palace Hotel, from September 14-15, 2016. The strategy was developed under the Ministry of Trade and Industry in collaboration with COMESA-Leather and Leather Products Institute. His Excellency Mr. Arefaine Berhe, Minister, Ministry of Agriculture, officially opened the workshop. A total of more than 30 participants from different public and private institutions/enterprises and academia took part in the workshop.
His Excellency Mr. Arefaine in his opening speech thanked COMESA/LLPI for all the technical and financial support, from the very beginning of the Strategy formulation participatory process to the present unpacking event. His Excellency, by mentioning the great potential of the leather sector, reiterated the government is committed for the implementation of the Strategy and collaboration with private sector.
Through the unpacking process, a responsibility matrix was developed for the implementation of the five key priority objectives of the Strategy that were further broken into 21 sub-objectives.
The full implementation of the strategy will facilitate the transformation of the lives of many Eritreans and will contribute towards poverty reduction as envisaged by the Government.