The 37th Board of Directors Meeting of African Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI), was held  virtually from September 17 to 19, 2020.

Prof. Mwinyikione Mwinyihija, ALLPI Executive Director, welcomed Board members and opened the Meeting and the Board Members elected  Mr. Abdul Hakiim Sekandi (Uganda) as Chairperson. The Current Members of the BoD are Eritrea, Ethiopia, Malawi, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

The Executive Director presented ALLPI’s accomplished activities for the period January 1st to August 31, 2020, and the Institute’s 2021 work plan and budget proposal   and made  thorough discussion on Matters Arising from its 36th BoD Meeting, Institutes progress report of January 1st to August 31,  2020, and work plan, budget proposal of 2021 and Staff Matters.

The Board expressed appreciation for the much output registered during the reporting period, despite the challenges of Covid-19 pandemic, thanked the Executive Director and staff for translating ALLPI as a progressive team and once again confirmed the Board’s full support to management for full implementation of its remaining 2020 activities and 2021 work plan.

Finally, the Board, after adoption of the Report of the Thirty-Seventh Meeting, thanking for all Board Members on keeping to time and the Meeting was officially closed on September 19, 2020.

During the official opening of the Virtual Curriculum Workshop
During the official opening of the Virtual Curriculum Workshop from DRC side
During the official opening of the Virtual Curriculum Workshop
During the official opening of the Virtual Curriculum Workshop from ALLPI side

The Office for the Promotion of Small and Medium-Sized Congolese Enterprises (OPEC) in conjunction with The Technical and Professional Institute (ITP) - BUMBU, in fulfillment of the National TVET Qualification Framework (NTQF) that set qualification of TVET Programs in DRC, requested Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI) to facilitate the development of Footwear and Leather goods Design and Production levels I, II and III.  The participants of the workshop were drawn from the public sector, comprising of officials from the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Commerce Trade and Industry and the Standards department.  From the Private Sector comprising of experienced officials from the Tannery, Shoe factory, Cluster Management and artisans.   From the Academia comprising of experienced officials from Technical colleges who are curriculum developers and trainers.

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Withstanding the outbreak of COVID 19 in the African Leather industry

The Pan African Leather Fair (PALF) in partnership with Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI), Leather Apex Kenya, and the South African Footwear and Leather Export Council (SAFLEC). It created an opportunity to discuss the current escalating global situation and discover what you need to be better equipped to thrive and not only survive during this crisis. Learning more on the current situation of the African leather industry, challenges, and opportunities.

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Delegates visit to ALLPI Headquarters
Delegates visit to ALLPI Headquarters
Delegates visit to ALLPI Headquarters
Delegates visit to ALLPI Headquarters

Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI) facilitated the Experience sharing mission of Malawi delegates composed of ten officials from the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism, and Leather sector association leaders of Malawi to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 9th – 12th March 2020. The general objective of the mission was to share experiences on how to foster the development of SMEs/cooperatives in the leather sector. The Mission was initiated and supported by the MALAWI ENTERPRISE PRODUCTIVITY ENHANCEMENT (MEPE) PROJECT III.

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ALLPI During the Materials Design and Innovation Exhibition-INSPIRAMAIS 2021_I
ALLPI During the Materials Design and Innovation Exhibition-INSPIRAMAIS 2021_I

Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI), considering that international relations and cooperation offer excellent opportunities to promote collaborations and share best practices between institutions, attended the “Materials Design and Innovation Exhibition-INSPIRAMAIS 2021_I” held at the Pro Magno Events Center (Rua Samarita, 230- Casa Verde_  Sao Paulo), Brazil on January 14 and 15, 2020.

ALLPI was represented by its Executive Director Prof. (Dr.5) Mwinyikione Mwinyihija during the Event.

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CS.Cart has partnered with Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI) to setup a B2B platform to fast-track the trading process of African SMEs in the leather value chain.

In response to COVID-19 Pandemic, CS-Cart is supporting industry associations and non-profits with free CS-Cart license to stimulate the slowed down business activities.

On the basis of that, ALLPI has got the free license for CS-Cart B2B & B2C platform which will assist leather sector SMEs to trade among themselves. And ALLPI also appreciates CS.Cart endeavors towards linking business during such challenging times.

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At the African Union Headquarters, on the margins of the 33rd Ordinary Assembly of African Union Heads of State and Government, the CEO and Chairman of the AeTrade Group, Mr. Mulualem Syoum and the Executive Director of the Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI), Prof. Mwinyikione Mwinyihija signed an MoU in the presence of the COMESA Secretary General, the AU Commissioner for Trade and Industry, other officials and media people, on February 10, 2020.

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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)
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