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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 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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