ALLPI’s Executive Director Prof. Dr. Mwinyikione Mwinyihija accompanied by Prof. Mekonnen Hailemariam Ag.  Program Coordinator and Mr. Nasir Mahmoud Talab – ALLPI Cluster Expert were on mission to Sudan from 22nd  – 27th  December 2019 .
The objectives of the mission were:
-    To validate and launch two Diploma level Curricula in Leather Technology at Sudan Technological University (STU) and
-    To meet leather sector stakeholders in Sudan (Private, Public and Academia)
The ALLPI Team first met and discussed with the RISM Project Implementation Unit (PIU), on the procurement of the equipment supported by the RISM program for Karari Vocational Training Center and Sudan University for Science and Technology leather Incubator, as well as   the other budget lines related to development of the leather Value Chain in Sudan.
The ALLPI Team also paid courtesy call to the Under-Secretary, Mr. Mohamed Ali AbdAllah, Ministry of Industry & Trade and discussed on the way forward in the implementation of the Sudan’s Leather Value Chain Strategy and ALLPI’s role in the development of leather sector in Sudan through specific intervention in line with ALLPI strategic objectives.  The meeting with the Undersecretary was also attended by Mr. Nadir Elrayah Awad – Director of International Relations and Mr. Adel Fadallah Elnadif Acting Head of COMESA Coordinating Unit.
Two Diploma curricula in leather Technology, namely, Diploma Program in Leather Industries Engineering –Leather Manufacturing Processes and Diploma Program in Leather Industries Engineering –Leather Products, that were developed through ALLPI facilitation, in collaboration with Sudan Technological University, were validated and launched at the Sudan Technological University (STU) on December 23, 2019. The event was attended by the University Vice Chancellor, Dr. Ali Mohammed Hamdan Adam and other University officials.
The ALLPI Team also visited the Sudan University for Science and Technology (SUST) and met and discussed with the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Awad Saad Hassan Mohamed and other University officials on the way forward regarding the future cooperation. The SUST-ALLPI collaborative research project concept note entitled, “Enhanced academia involvement for fast tracking SMEs development in the leather sector in Sudan” was also reviewed and finalized for implementation.
Some of the other major activities conducted during the mission period are shown in pictorial form with brief descriptions here below.
Partial view of the visit to SUST (ALLPI Executive Director Prof. Mwinyikione Mwinyihija (left) and the SUST Vice Chancellor Prof. Awad Saad Hassan Mohamed (right)
Group Photo after SUST visit

The ALLPI Team met and discussed with Dr. Tageldin Saeed, Director General of Ministry of Industry and Commerce – Khartoum State, on the issues related to ways and means of enhancing the Khartoum Leather Council and the Gari Industrial Park activities.

Partial view of ALLPI Team meeting with the Director General of Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Khartoum State

The ALLPI Team visited the Karari Vocational Training and Entrepreneurship Center and had discussions with Mr. Mukhtar Mahmoud,  Director General, Vocational Training Administration, Ministry of Human Development and Labour-Khartoum State, Dr Abdel Rahim Mohamed Ahmed, Strategic Planning Director at Supreme Council for Human Development and Labour-Khartoum State,  Mr. Elgasim Hassan Abdalla, Director, Vocational Training and Entrepreneurship Center, Karari, and other staff of the center
Partial view of the visit at Karari Vocational Training and Entrepreneurship Center

The ALLPI Team also visited the International University of Africa and held discussions with the Vice – Chancellor, Prof. Kamal M. Obeid Babikir and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Musa Taha. The two institutions (International University of Africa and ALLPI) signed MoU to work together to develop the mechanisms and to undertake activities jointly, that will promote and sustain the value adding activities along the leather value chain, in Sudan.
Partial view of the discussion held with the Vice – Chancellor, Prof. Kamal M. Obeid Babikir (left)

MoU signing event Between ALLPI and International University of Africa

The ALLPI Team visited Robitan Tannery in Khartoum North and met and discussed with representative of the private sector and other stakeholders such as   the chamber of footwear manufacturers, Industrial Development Bank and SUST incubator that were invited for the meeting at the Robitan Tannery.  The  issues discussed were focusing on constrains facing the tanning industry and footwear manufacturing in Sudan.
Partial view of the meeting participants at Robitan Tannery

Partial view of the visit to the Robitan tannery
Some of the products of MSMEs based on Robitan tannery processed leather

 The 13th ALLPI Annual Regional Consultative Forum which was held from 11th to 13th December 20119 at Bingu Wa Mutharika International Convention Center (BICC), Lilingwe, Malawi concluded with bundles of success. The Forum was attended by the Regional Leather Sector Core Team Members, MSMEs, Technical Committee Members, Representatives of Member States, Academia, Private Sector and Partner Institutions, namely:  Ege University-Turkey, Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI)-India, U.V. Enterprises-India, Solidaridad-Southern Africa, and Trade and Fairs Consulting GmbH-Germany.

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The 6th meeting of technical harmonization committee (THC -07) on textiles and leather products was convened at Sarova Stanley Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya from 5th to 8th of November 2019. It was attended by 27 delegates drawn from African Countries/Institutions namely; from Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI), Botswana, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda,  Zimbabwe, Sudan and  ARSO Secretariat from Nairobi. Apology was noted from South Africa. ALLPI was represented in this meeting by Harrison Mungai (the Institute’s Leather Value Chain and Tannery Expert.

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Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI), in its endeavor to promote intra-regional and international trade in the leather sector, fully sponsored 9 leather SMEs from nine Member countries to participate during the 11th edition of All Africa Leather Fair (AALF) which was held 9th – 12th November 2019 at Millennium Hall, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI) in collaboration with Leather Industry Development Institute of Ethiopia (LIDI) and Ethiopia Leather Industry Association (ELIA) facilitated the business mission of France composed of five business people and Association Leaders to the leather Industry in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 7th – 9th November 2019 . The business people were from major industry players in France (DEGE TRADING / NORCUIR, COVICO / NOUVELLE SOCIETE ARNAUD, FORTAIN, NICK WINTERS HIDES & SKINS / BIGARD / SOCOPA, SYNDICAT GENERAL DES CUIRS ET PEAUX).

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ALLPI in collaboration with Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Trade of Kingdom of Eswatini conducted training on Footwear Design, Cutting and Assembling during 14th – 25th October 2019 in Ezulwini Valley, Kingdom of Eswatini. The Training venue was Cooperative College for the theoretical part and for the practical part was taking place in crafters training center. The Training was sponsored by Regional Integration Support Mechanism (RISM).

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ZIMBABWE and other African countries are losing billions of dollars in potential revenue from sale of leather products due to poor industrialisation policies and weak value-addition strategies, a leather expert in Ethiopia has said.

Mekonnen Hailemariam from the Leather Institute in Addis Ababa, on Thursday told African journalists attending an African Union media awareness on the Accelerated Industrial Development for Africa (Aida) framework and related strategies and industrial policy literacy, that 16% of global hides and skins were from the continent, but the source countries were earning very little from the leather industry.

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 High University Officials from Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI) Academia Platform participating Universities visited Ege University, Turkey from August 25-30, 2019. The purpose of the visit was sharing of knowledge/experience, benchmarking and signing of MoU for close collaboration with Ege University in the areas of mutual interest. The delegation included vice chancellors, Directors, Dean, Department heads and senior academicians from six universities, namely Bahirdar University-EiTEX-Ethiopia, Dedan Kimathi University of Science and Technology-Kenya, Sudan Technological University-Sudan, Kymbogo University-Uganda, Makerere University Business School-Uganda and Copperstone University of Zambia.  ALLPI in close collaboration with Prof. Bari Basaran Dean, Graduate School of Natural and Applied Science of Ege University facilitated and coordinated the visit program. Prof. Mekonnen Hailemariam, Advisor to the Executive Director, ALLPI, led the visiting delegation.

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