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.

BUYER – SELLER BUSINESS BREAKFAST - Blantyre, Malawi

On Tuesday, 26th February, 2019 The Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism through the Malawi Enterprise Productivity Enhancement (MEPE) project hosted a business breakfast with potential buyers of leather goods and Textiles to encourage them to buy goods produced by the SMEs and Cooperatives in the Country.

BUYER – SELLER BUSINESS BREAKFAST - Blantyre, Malawi
Dr. Ken Ndala, Principal Secretary for the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism, making opening remarks

BUYER – SELLER BUSINESS BREAKFAST - Blantyre, Malawi
Mr. Mayeso Msokera while moderating the event

Over 50 guests from Ministries, Government Agencies and the Private sector participated in the event. In his opening remarks, the moderator of the event, Mr. Mayeso Msokera said: “the event presents a unique opportunity for influential Government and Private Sector Leaders to appreciate the quality of footwear and leather goods that SMEs in Malawi are able to produce through the state-of-the-art Leather Design Studio (LDS) and consider buying their products.

Dr. Ken Ndala, Principal Secretary for the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism, was the Guest of honour at the event. In his address, he reaffirmed Government’s commitment to continue supporting the leather sector with policies and strategies aimed at promoting the development of leather products value chains; promoting access to market, finance and improved technologies. He cited the recently passed Malawi Public Procurement Law (2017) which requires public procuring entities to buy at least 60% of their needs from local SMEs or indigenous Malawians as one of the ways in which Government is promoting SMEs participation in public procurement.

Speaking on behalf of the SMEs, the Vice Chairperson for Leather Industry Association of Malawi (LIAMA) thanked the Ministry for hosting the event and the business community that had come to establish business linkages with the SMEs. During the event, the invited guests from Government and the Private Sector pledged their commitment to collaborate with the SMEs by sourcing most of their footwear needs from the LDS.

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