BADEA Technical Support to Kenya
BADEA Technical Support to Kenya

Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI) continues to intensify efforts to boost its member states Leather sector SMEs Productivity and Competitiveness.
This intervention is made possible through the grant funding support provided by the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA).

The support comprises provision of “basic equipment for footwear production” and “capacity building Training in Footwear and leather good Design, Craftsmanship, Export Readiness, Transformative Entrepreneurship,  Costing and Record Keeping”.

Earlier this year ALLPI completed installation of equipment at the Training and Production Center for Shoe Industry (TPCSI) Thika, Kenya. TPCSI is a regional training center that was established by the Government of Kenya with support from UNIDO and other cooperating partners in the early nineties and the Government of Kenya and its cooperating partners have invested in infrastructure development support in terms of machines and equipment for the center over the years. The equipment provided by ALLPI recently through BADEA technical support is meant to facilitate the establishment of the Satellite Design Studio that aimed at enhancing design capacity development for the SMEs in Kenya.

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Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI) continues to intensify efforts to boost its member states Leather sector SMEs Productivity and Competitiveness.
This intervention is made possible through the grant funding support provided by the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA). The support comprises provision of “basic equipment for footwear production” and “capacity building Training in Footwear and leather good Design, Craftsmanship, Export Readiness, Transformative Entrepreneurship,  Costing and Record Keeping”

TOT Training of Rwanda SMEs by ALLPI Financial Support Grant from BADEA
TOT Training of Rwanda SMEs by ALLPI Financial Support Grant from BADEA
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Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI) in collaboration with the Ethiopian Leather Industry Development Institute started the training of Artisans/MSME’s on Vegetable Tanning Techniques on April 11, 2022 in Bahir Dar City, Ethiopia. The Training aims at developing the Artisans/Traditional Tanners products to the quality front.

the training of Artisans/MSME’s on Vegetable Tanning Techniques
the training of Artisans/MSME’s on Vegetable Tanning Techniques

The training is planned based on the need assessment mission conducted and the identified gap during June 2019.
The 10 days training is being conducted by Mr. Harrison Mungai, Leather value chain Expert (ALLPI), a resource person from Ethiopia, Mr. Habtamu Shiferaw and Co-Trainer from Ethiopia Leather Industry Development Institute (LIDI) Mr Tarekegn Jida Lead researcher (Leather Technology) and facilitated by ALLPI Investment, Trade and Marketing expert Mrs. Birkinesh Gonfa.

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Kenyan Delegates Courtesy Call to ALLPI
Kenyan Delegates Courtesy Call to ALLPI

A team of delegates from Kenya composed of the Kenya Leather Development Council (KLDC) staff and Board Members visited ALLPI. The Team was facilitated by UNIDO to visit the leather-based enterprises and industrial parks in Ethiopia. In Addition, visiting ALLPI was part of their mission plan. The Team of visitors was led by the Board Chairman of KLDC and was assisted by the CEO of KLDC.

The objectives of the Kenyan Delegates visit to ALLPI were to pay courtesy call to the Executive Director of ALLPI Prof. Mwinyikione Mwinyihija, who has recovered from serious illness and to get briefing about the activities of ALLPI in the Member States and specifically in Kenya.

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The Executive Committee of the IULTCS has announced the winners of the 2022 IUR research grants to be awarded to two young scientists, under the age of 35. The monetary awards help support the work of young talent in the leather sector.

This is the eighth year of the grants which have been generously supported by industry and IULTCS alike. The Selection Committee of the IULTCS Research Commission (IUR), chaired by Dr Michael Meyer, is pleased to announce the following recipients:

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Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI), following the invitation made by the Honorable Minister of Commerce, Transport, Industry and Tourism of Burundi, H.E. Marie Chantal NIJIMBERE, participated in the meeting held on 11th February 2022 in Bujumbura, Burundi. The purpose of the meeting was to jointly develop Action Plan in some 24 activity areas that were identified as priority projects by the Ministry for the year 2022.  The meeting was attended by more than 50 representatives of different international and national institutions that included World Food Program, UNDP, ALLPI, UNIDO and many others and was chaired by the Honorable Minister H.E. Marie Chantal NIJIMBERE. ALLPI was represented by its Programs Coordinator, Mr. Ghebregziabher Ghebremedhin and the Advisor to the Executive director, Prof. Mekonnen Hailemariam.

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Mr Ghebregziabher, ALLPI Programs Coordinator making Opening Remark during the All Africa Leather Fair
Mr Ghebregziabher, ALLPI Programs Coordinator making Opening Remark during the All Africa Leather Fair
Official opening of the Leather Trade Fair
Official opening of the Leather Trade Fair

The 12th All Africa Leather Fair has been officially opened at Ethiopian Skylight Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 3rd December 2021.

The Leather Fail will be holding during 3rd - 6th December 2021. The Trade Fair was officially opened by the State Ministry of the Ministry of Industry of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. In addition, the opening speech was made by the ALLPI Programs Coordinator Mr. Ghebregziabher Ghebremedhin.

Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI) as part of its strategic activities, has supported 9 export-oriented SMEs in the leather sector from 9 ALLPI Member States, namely, Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, Sudan and Zambia.

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Partial view of the leather value chain strategy review virtual workshop

Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI) concluded the first round of the Regional Leather Value Chain Strategy Review Virtual Workshop which was conducted during 15th – 19th November 2021.

The Workshop was attended by 15 participants from Eswatini, Madagascar, Zambia and Zimbabwe and six participants from ALLPI. Participants were drawn from Private, Public and Academia (Triple Helix) of Member States.

The objectives of the workshop were:

  • To validate the report that assessed the millstones achieved and pertinent decisions made through the implementation of the Regional Leather Value Chain Strategy (2012-2016);
  • To validate the report on what ALLPI, member Countries and other development partners have done as part of implementation of the Regional Leather Value Chain Strategy 2012-2016;
  • To identify critical pointers to be considered in the new Stakeholders strategy;
  • To refocus and appraise the stakeholders’ expectations to the development of the leather value chain as indicated in various developmental strategies of the sector at national, regional and global levels;
  • To workout areas of follow up actions at various levels of the value chain; and
  • To appraise the level of “Triple Helix” (Academia, public and private sectors) engagement in the development and growth of the regional leather value chain.
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Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI) have kicked of the Regional Leather Value Chain Strategy Review process aimed at developing a new strategy.

The first round of the process has been started on 15th November 2021 virtually involving 4 COMESA countries namely, Eswatini, Madagascar, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Partial view of the Virtual Leather Value Chain Strategy Review Workshop
Partial view of the Virtual Leather Value Chain Strategy Review Workshop
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Acting Executive Director & Programms Coordinator of Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI), Mr. Ghebregziabher
Mr. Ghebregziabher, Acting Executive Director & Programms Coordinator of Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI)

On Monday, September 20th 2021 marked a member state Directory data capture orientation meeting for Africa leather, leather products, allied industries and institutions’ Directory preparation. The meeting was attended by representatives from seven countries namely, Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The meeting was opened by the Acting Executive Director & Programms Coordinator of Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI), Mr. Ghebregziabher; who pointed out that ALLPI is working to setup a comprehensive LVC Directory of institutions and enterprises in the leather sector in the ALLPI Member States, which will be further expanded to include the COMESA region and the whole African continent at large. He further clarified that the Directory will have contact details and other important information of institutions and enterprises in the leather sector. And once the compilation of the Directory is completed, it will be availed on the dedicated ALLPI hosted website and, whenever needed, as a hard copy to all subscribing stakeholders. He finally concluded that the Directory is expected to have great use in facilitating market linkages and networking among institutions nationally and regionally.

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