The Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI), in its leather development agenda in Africa, Co-sponsored the 10th Edition of All Africa Leather Fair (AALF) which was held during 8th -10th June 2018.
Prof. Mwinyikione Mwinyihija, Executive Director of ALLPI, in his opening remarks of the Fair emphasized that Africa is endowed with the supply and demand potential of the leather sector; and hence, we all should partner to create economic growth, gender and youth empowerment, employment and wealth creation, and poverty alleviation. He also underscored that Africa should bench mark those countries, Vietnam, Brazil, and India, who tapped the leather sector potential to an optimal level.
The 10th All African Leather Fair is aimed at creating market opportunity for leather products, link buyers and producers, promote export, and attract domestic and foreign investors.
ALLPI fully sponsored the participation of 10 leather SMEs and 6 government representatives from Burundi, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Sudan, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe with the objective of experience sharing and networking.
ALLPI also organized visits to Batu Tannery and LIDI to solidify their experiences of the AALF.
As a side event, ALLPI organized a half day workshop at the Empire Addis Hotel which brought about the experiences and challenges faced by SMEs and government representatives during the implementation of the leather sector development their respective country.