Through the initiative of Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI), the IULTCS Congress is to be held in October 2021 in Africa, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The IULTCS Flag was received by Prof. Mwinkione Mwinyihija, Executive Director of ALLPI, representing Africa. The IULTCS Flag was planned to be received by the Mr. Teka Gebreyesus, State Minister, Ministry of Trade and Industry, the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. However, due to urgent government commitment he, lately, regretted to attend the IULTCS Congress 2021 which was held in Dresden, Germany during 25th -28th June 2019.
The International Union of Leather Technologists and Chemists Societies (IULTCS), a world-wide organization of professional societies, was originally organized in London in 1897. In 2017 there are currently 20 Member Societies and 4 Associate Members representing some 3,000 individual members. The IULTCS was founded for the purpose of encouraging technology, chemistry and science of leather on a worldwide basis. According to the IULTCS statutes the aims of the Union are to foster cooperation between member societies, to hold congresses to enhance the advancement of leather science and technology, to form commissions for special studies and to establish international methods of samples and testing leather and materials associated with leather manufacture.
It is great milestone for Africa leather industry players: private sector, public sector, and academia in terms of unlocking their potential and exhibiting the capacity of developing the leather sector. What makes it special is that the Congress will be held back to back with the All Africa Leather Fair which is leading specialized Leather Trade Fair in Africa.
It is expected that more than 400 participants from all over the world and special attention will be given for African researchers to showcase their capacity and potential in terms of the leather sector development.
ALLPI is making intensive preparation by establishing various committees from different government institutions of Ethiopia.
ALLPI makes a call to all stakeholders in Africa and the whole world to support the Congress organization in the various forms.