Ethiopia is gearing up for the XXXVI IULTCS International Congress, taking place October 20-23, 2021 in Addis Ababa. Under the lead of Professor Dr. Mwinyikione Mwinyihija, naturally member of the scientific committee of this year´s congress in Germany, our colleagues at Addis Ababa based African Leather and Leather Products Institute starting to take up measures and preparations to organise and conduct the next global meeting of the leather and tanning industry and it´s sodality of scientists and researchers. With this Africa will host the Congress for the second time after 2001 in Cape Town, South Africa. For more information on the XXXVI IULTCS Congress 2021 and how to support, please visit: https://iultcsafrica2021.allpi.int

Ethiopia, through the facilitation of Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI), is to host the IULTCS Congress 2021 in Addis Ababa.

At the conclusion of the 35th IULTCS Congress 2019 held in Dresden, Germany, Prof. Mwinyikione, Mwinyihija, Executive Director of ALLPI, received the IULTCS flag from Dr. Dietrich Tegtmeyer, President IULTCS.

During the event, the promotional video for the 36th IULTCS Congress 2021 was played.

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The Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI) Executive Director (ED), Prof. Mwinyikione Mwinyihija and the Advisor to the ED’s Office, Prof. Mekonnen Hailemariam visited the newly set Mauritius satellite leather design studio, at Coromandel, on May 16, 2018.  The ALLPI Team was accompanied by Mr. Dhanraj Conhye, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Business, Enterprises and Cooperatives and Mr. Ravin Rampersad, Chief Executive Officer, SME Mauritius Ltd. The site of the Satellite Design Studio and its placement was found convenient for access by the potential users (SMEs) and very much appreciated by the ALLPI Team.

The Design Studio will equip itself as a facility that is responsive to localized and international knowledge transfer and innovation center. It  has already a 3D printer.  When the Studio becomes fully functional, it is expected that the SMEs will be empowered to manufacture leather footwear and goods of the highest quality, which would be able to penetrate regional and international premium markets.

The Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI) Executive Director (ED), Prof. Mwinyikione Mwinyihija, the Advisor to the ED’s Office Prof. Mekonnen Hailemariam,  in common with Mr. Dhanraj Conhye, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Business, Enterprises and Cooperatives (MoBEC) and Mr. Ravin Rampersad, Chief Executive Officer, SME Mauritius Ltd visited the  “Mauritius Institute of Training and Development” and “Polythechnics Mauritius” on May 16 and 17, 2019 and held discussions with the Institutes top management, on the possibilities of starting Vocational and Diploma level Trainings in Leather Technology.

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The Mauritius leather value chain strategy that was developed through a participatory process by the Ministry of Business, Enterprises and Cooperatives of Mauritius, in collaboration with Africa Leather and Leather Products Institutes (ALLPI), was successfully validated, launched and unpacked at Viola Hotel, Bagatelle on May 13 to 15, 2019.

Partial View of Mauritius Leather Value Chain Strategy Validation
Partial View of Mauritius Leather Value Chain Strategy Validation
Partial View of Mauritius Leather Value Chain Strategy Validation
Partial View of Mauritius Leather Value Chain Strategy Validation
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Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute’s (ALLPI) Team of Experts comprised of Mr. Nicholas Mudungwe (Programs Coordinator and Team leader) and Harrison Mungai  (Leather Value Chain and Tannery Expert) made a field mission to Eswatini from 8th –19th April 2019 both days inclusive.

The main objective of the mission was to conduct training in Cluster Design, Business Plan development and  Implementation to MSMEs of Eswatini and conducting a feasibility study on possibility of establishing a Tannery in Eswatini . The training was conducted from 8th -12th April 2019 while the feasibility study was done from 15th – 18th April 2019.

Partial View of the Training
Partial View of the Training
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Malawi Incubation Center Business Plan Validation

ALLPI Expert Team composed of Prof. Mekonnen Hailemariam and Mrs Birkinesh Gonfa with one Expert Trainer in Computer Assisted Designing (CAD) were on mission to Malawi to conduct Validation workshop of the Satellite Leather Design Studio and Business incubation Center in Blantyre and conduct CAD Training to selected SMEs from 6th to 17th March 2019. The validation workshop was conducted from 6th to 7th march 2019 and the training was from 8th to 17th march 2019 in Blantyre City.

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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.

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The ALLPI Annual Consultative Forum which was held during 11th – 13th December 2018 at Coral Port Sudan Hotel in Port Sudan, Sudan was successfully concluded. The Forum was held with the Theme of “Focusing on Innovation to Transform Africa’s Leather Sector towards Productivity and Competitiveness!”

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