The 2021 Congress of the International Union of Leather Technologists and Chemists Society (IULTCS) will be held in Ethiopia (the first of its kind in the African Continent) through ALLPI initiative. The IULTCS congress is an every two years event and the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia has committed to work with ALLPI in the preparation and hosting of this prestigious congress, which will bring cutting edge technological and scientific deliberations.

JALLPA is broad-based open access Journal publishing body, founded on two key talents: To publish the most exciting researches with respect to the subjects of our functional activity in the leather sector. To provide a rapid turn-around time possible for reviewing and publishing and To disseminate the articles freely for teaching, research, building competences etc.

To broaden the market base of leather SMEs in Africa, ALLPI is establishing an eCommerce portal that assists them to showcase their leather products. This also helps SMEs to interact with each other and make visible to potential buyers and/or input suppliers.

Design studios will shift the focus to the upper value chain stratum and effectively enhance higher trickling down effect to all the stakeholders in the leather sector. This success is potentially assured through well-established partnerships that could enhance value addition, reduction of losses in the supply chain and overall wealth creation.

Academia Meeting 2018 August Mombasa, Kenya

ALLPI held its second scientific meeting from 3 to 4 August at PrideInn Paradise Beach Resort, in Mombasa, Kenya. Five Universities, namely Makerere University Business School (MUBS)-Uganda, Sudan University of Science and Technology (SUST)-Sudan, National University of Science and Technology (NUST)-Zimbabwe, Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (DeKUT)-Kenya, Bahir Dar University- Ethiopian Institute of Textile & Fashion Technology (EITEX)-Ethiopia took part and presented progress reports on their ongoing collaborative research projects with ALLPI and/or two new Concept Notes. Each presentation was followed by thorough discussion. The ongoing projects and newly submitted Concept Notes were as listed here below:

Academia Meeting 2018 August Mombasa, Kenya
Academia Meeting 2018 August Mombasa, Kenya

Ongoing projects:

  1. The Supply and Demand Implications on the Restriction on Exports of Hides and Skins and a Ban on Imports of Second Hand Footwear in East Africa- MUBS;
  2. Determinants of the leather technology adoption by artisan/SMEs involved in the leather footwear and leather goods manufacturing in Kenya- DeKUT;
  3. Modification of leather waste gelatin resin with Azanza garckeana fruit extract; NUST; and
  4. Preparation and Characterisation of Leather Boards fabricated from a Mixture of Chrome Tanned Leather Waste and Cyperus Textilis Fibres for Automotive Interior Applications- NUST

Newly submitted concept notes:

  1. Enhanced academia involvement for fast tracking SMEs development in the leather sector in Sudan- SUST and
  2. Design Related Challenges of the Ethiopian Footwear and Leather Goods Manufacturing sub sectors and possible areas of Interventions- EITEX

Following the contributions of all participants on each ongoing research project and newly submitted Concept Notes, it was agreed to re-visit the remaining activities details of the ongoing projects and refine the Concept Notes as per the suggestions and recommendations of the Meeting Participants. It was also agreed to make presentation on outputs of each research project, during the forthcoming ALLPI Regional Consultative Forum that will be held in Port Sudan, Sudan in December 2018 in which more than 70 participants (private sector, public sector and academia) from the region and across the globe are expected to attend.

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