The ALLPI Annual Regional Leather Sector Stakeholders Consultative Forum which had been commenced on 16th December 2020 in Hawassa, Ethiopia was concluded with success on 18th December 2020.
The Forum was concluded with recommendations to be implemented by the ALLPI, Member States, Academic Institutions and private enterprises. Some of the pillar recommendations are establishment of E-Commerce, promote leather design Studio, certification of eco-friendly leather products, innovation and knowledge diffusion, curriculum harmonization among others.
Prof. (Dr5) Mwinyihija, the Executive Director of ALLPI, in his closing remarks, pointed out that, “the Years to come is for Africa. All the opportunities and technologies are at hand and we need to work hard to promote our SMEs to produce quality and eco-friendly products to compete in the global market.” Prof. Mwinyihija underscored the upcoming year 2021 will be another milestone for Africa to host the four global events namely, XXXVI IULTCS Congress, 5th World Congress, ISO/TC 120 Leather Committee Meeting and All Africa Leather Fair (AALF). The Executive Director also thanked Member States, Academia Platforms, private enterprises, Haile Resort Staff, and ALLPI Staff for the effort to realize the successful conclusion of the Forum.