Gove Training in Zambia 2018

The Expert from ALLPI with the consultant from Ethiopia Leather Industry Development Institute (LIDI) went to Ndola, Zambia to give training on Glove making from 19th to 26th November 2018 in Chingola Leather Cluster.

The main objective of this specific Training was to build capacity of the selected SME’s in industrial glove making and link them to Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) for product and marketing cooperation. This activity is in line with Zambia Leather Value Chain Strategy which the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry is implementing with cooperation of ALLPI. This Strategy used as a roadmap for transforming the leather sector into a robust sector that would generate value in the Zambian economy, consequently contributing to the realization of the Vision 2030.

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A Team led by Executive Director of Africa Lather and leather products Institute (ALLPI) Prof. M. Mwinyihija participated in the “11th Asia International Conference of Leather Science and Technology (AICLST)”. The conference was hosted by the China Leather Industry Association (CLIA) and organized by Shaanxi University of Science and Technology (SUST) in the city of Xi’an, Shaanxi province, China on the 16th -19th Oct., 2018.

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New COMESA Secretary General Visit of ALLPI
H.E. Madam CHILESHE KAPWEPWE being recieved at the ED's Office of ALLPI

The New Secretary General of COMESA, H.E CHILESHE KAPWEPWE, Visited Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI) Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 17th September 2018. The Secretary General was accompanied by Mr. Simal Amore, Chief – Strategic Planning and Research, and Mr. Salvator Matata, Head of COMESA Liaison Office to the AU. The SG was welcomed by the Executive Director - Prof. Mwinyikione Mwinyihija and ALLPI staff.

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AFRICAN ORGANIZATION FOR STANDARDIZATION

Venue:  Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi Kenya

Date:  29th – 31st August 2018.

The committee's 5th meeting was convened in Nairobi, Kenya from the 29th to 31st of August 2018. The objective of the meeting was to deliberate on comments received from the Member States on the previous drafts documents, approved new work items, proposed standards for adoption as African Standards (ARS) and to identify new projects for future work
The meeting was officially opened by Mr. Reuben Gisore who is the Technical Director ARSO.  During his opening remark, Mr. Gisore thanked the THC for its commendable work and role it plays in the harmonization of textiles and leather standards. He further emphasized that standards must take into consideration all people, whether living in rural or urban areas. He gave examples of new types of plant fibres which could benefit people doing small scale farming in rural areas and reusable sanitary towels which is an option for women who cannot afford disposable sanitary products or any products at all.

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Malawi footwear Training 2018

The Expert from ALLPI with the consultant from Member States went to Malawi to give training on FOOTWEAR DESIGNING AND FINISHING to SMEs from 13th to 20th August 2018 in Blantyre, Malawi.

The main objective of the Training was to enhance the quality of shoes produced by SME’s by using the newly established state of the art machines in Leather Satellite Design Studio in Blantyre.  The machines were bought with the support of EU-RISM with the aim of producing high quality footwear in Malawi.


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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:

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34th ALLPI Board of Directors Meeting

The African Leather and Leather Products Institute Board of Directors thirty fourth meeting, which is also the first Board meeting for the year 2018,   was held in in Mombasa, Kenya  at  PrideInn Paradise Beach Resort from August 6 to 7, 2018. Prof. Mwinyikione Mwinyihija, ALLPI Executive Director, welcomed Board members and presented ALLPI’s accomplished activities for the period January 1st to July 30, 2018, and the Institute’s 2019 work plan and budget proposal.

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Business Plan Designing and Implimentation 2018 1

ALLPI as mandated institute to develop the leather sector in Africa in general and in its member states in particular organized the “Business Plan Designing and Implementation” workshop that was held 30th July – 3rd August in Mombasa, Kenya.
Participants were drawn from the following 12 African Countries: Burundi, DRC, Eretria, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe. The participants were mainly from government ministries and private sector.
The general objective of the workshop was to improve the capacities of Member States in terms of supporting their respective enterprises in the leather sector.

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On 1st August 2018 in Antananarivo, Madagascar at 1730 hours Mr. Sindiso Ngwenya, the outgoing Secretary General of COMESA, received the High Honorary Distinction COMMANDER OF MALAGASY NATIONAL ORDER from His Excellency Mr Hery Martial Rajaonarimampianina, President of the Republic of Madagascar and Chairman of the COMESA Authority for Distinguished Service in regional integration. The honour is in recognition of Ngwenya’s distinguished service in regional integration.

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For developing and least developed countries in Commonwealth, SMEs represent an opportunity of wider economic development and poverty alleviation. Linking these SMEs to each other as well as to the SMEs in the developed members of the Commonwealth can provide huge opportunities to export and invest for all member states.
To actualize the existing potential of trade and investments and link the Commonwealth countries, which share the same language and similar legal institutions, the Intra-Commonwealth SME Association was launched by the Commonwealth Secretariat in June 2016 in New Delhi, India. It was established as “India-Commonwealth SMEs Association”; however, to give the association a global face, it was eventually transformed into Intra-commonwealth SMEs Association (ICSA).

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Partial View of the Training
In collaboration with Ministry of Commerce, Trade and industry of Zambia and with support of Regional Integration Support Mechanism (RISM), the Executive Director (ED) of ALLPI Prof. M. Mwinyihija accompanied by Mr. Nicholas Mudungwe and Mr. Nasir Mahmoud Talab the ALLPI’s Programs Coordinator and Cluster Development Expert respectively, conducted Leather value chain strategy review workshop and advance training in footwear design in Kitwe. The two activities were held as follows:-
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The Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI) in collaboration with Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MIC) at Bulawayo conducted a seven-day Training Workshop with the Title “Production of Fashion Oriented Footwear: The Regional Designers Studio Intervention” at Bulawayo Cluster Workshop in Zimbabwe. The Training was held from 23rd – 29th April 2018.

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Shoes from Vegetable Tanned Leather

The leather used to make this shoe was produced by ALLPI and Zambian SMEs Cluster during the vegetable tanning training of artisans and SMEs at co-operative college using one of ALLPI’s designed curricula for short courses. The objective of the training was to provide skills development to artisans at cottage and SME level to facilitate the transfer of technology in aspects of rural tanning based techniques.  The raw material used to produce the leather was sourced locally while the processing of the leather was carried manually in a rural set up using plastic containers as tanning vessels.

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H.E. Mrs. Betty C. Maina CBS, Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives of Kenya, visiting ALLPI Sponsored leather SMEs during the AALF 2018
H.E. Mrs. Betty C. Maina CBS, Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives of Kenya, visiting ALLPI Sponsored leather SMEs during the AALF 2018

During the last day of the AALF (June 10, 2018), the Esteemed Principal Secretary, Mrs. Betty C. Maina, Ministry of industry, Trade and cooperatives- Kenya visited the Fair and held brief meeting with ALLPI at the Fair ground. The discussion centred on leather sector development activities in Kenya and areas of focus for ALLPI assistance. Key activities areas pointed out were:

  • The finalization of a revolving fund scheme of 300,000 USD for SMEs in Kenya pledged by TDB through ALLPI facilitation;
  • The Kenya Leather Park development activities;
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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.

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Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute, in collaboration with the Zambian Ministry of Commerce, Industry and co-operative held Artisanal/MSMEs training program in Vegetable tanning at Artisanal/MSMEs level and thus change the situation where over the years and until now the Artisans have been tanning hides and skins in over two to three weeks a scenario which was covered in 8 – 9 days.

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Sudan is consider as one of biggest among the African countries in livestock population; thus, Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI) has a number of activities in Sudan among these activities but not limited to are :

  • Formulation and unpacked of leather value chain strategy
  • Conducting traceability training
  • Supporting Khartoum leather fair
  • MoUs with different stakeholders
  • Preparation the leather sector activities under RISM
  • Curriculum Development for some academic institutes
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Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute’s (ALLPI) Expert Team, composed of Prof. Mekonnen Hailemariam, Institutional Capacity Development and Consultancy Expert and Mrs Birikinesh Gonfa, Investment, Trade and Marketing Expert, was on mission to Malawi from April 23 to 29, 2018. The main objectives of the mission were to develop a Business Plan for the leather Satellite Design Studio through participatory workshop and also to discuss with the Ministry of industry, Trade and Tourism officials on areas of collaboration as part of the implementation of phase II of the “Malawi Enterprise Productivity Enhancement (MEPE)” project under the COMESA RISM financial support.

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The Team of Experts of Africa Leather and Leather Product Institute (ALLPI) went to Mauritius from 8th – 15th April 2018.
The general objective of the mission was to formulate a leather Strategy for Mauritius: and the specific objectives were:
  • To explore the potential to establish a high-end finish line leather products,
  • To revamp and revitalize the leather sector in Mauritius, to undertake the quantum leap to enter the targeted “niche” markets,
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The exercise took place from 10th – 13th April 2018 and conducted by two international tannery waste water (effluent) treatment and disposal expert contracted by ALLPI. They were accompanied by Harrison Mungai who is ALLPI’s Tannery expert.
Six (6) tanneries 2 in Masaka, 3 in Jinja and 1 in Busia were visited and the following observations/suggestions were made for each tannery as listed hereunder:

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Training of Tannery Technicians/Key operators on Leather Finishing

The Tanning clinic training was conducted by an International leather expert from United chemicals ltd (one of the ALLPI Global Collaborating Partners) from Turkey assisted by Harrison Mungai ALLPI Tannery Expert. The Training was conducted at Leatherland at Masaka on 9th and 10th April 2018. Seven tannery technicians from Leatherland ltd 5 (host), SWT tannery 1 and 1 from Kyambogo University were trained.

The Training focussed on footwear (upper) leather production from raw hides/skins to crust putting more emphasis on process control to avoid chemical wastage and achieving the required end product (leather).

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The ALLPI Team of experts led by the it’s Executive Director (ED) met high ranked Government officials for the purpose of familiarization on leather sector policies made the Government of Sudan and thereafter made field visits to get the right-hand information on the ground. The mission date was 18th – 24th March 2018.

The main objective of the mission was to: --

  • Collect data (gather information) to enable the development of business plans for Sudan University of Science and Technology (SUST) leather incubator, National Leather Technology Center (NLTC) and Kerari Vocational Training Center,
  • Present draft report on hides and skins traceability study,
  • Hold strategy review workshop on Sudan’s leather value chain strategy.  
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ALLPI Mission to Eritrea
ALLPI Mission to Eritrea

Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute’s (ALLPI) Expert Team led by its Programs Coordinator, Mr. Nicholas Mudungwe and composed of Prof. Mekonnen Hailemariam, Institutional Capacity Development and Consultancy Expert, Mr. Harrison Mungai Leather Value Chain and Tannery Expert and Two consultants from UV Enterprises-India, conducted a mission to Asmara from March 3 to 11 ,2018.
The main objectives of the mission were:

  • Validate the Vocational and Diploma level curricula on leather Technology;
  • Conduct training on Cluster Design and Implementation, and
  • Assess the operations of tanneries and their effluent treatment and disposal systems.
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