The 2021 Congress of the International Union of Leather Technologists and Chemists Society (IULTCS) will be held in Ethiopia (the first of its kind in the African Continent) through ALLPI initiative. The IULTCS congress is an every two years event and the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia has committed to work with ALLPI in the preparation and hosting of this prestigious congress, which will bring cutting edge technological and scientific deliberations.

JALLPA is broad-based open access Journal publishing body, founded on two key talents: To publish the most exciting researches with respect to the subjects of our functional activity in the leather sector. To provide a rapid turn-around time possible for reviewing and publishing and To disseminate the articles freely for teaching, research, building competences etc.

To broaden the market base of leather SMEs in Africa, ALLPI is establishing an eCommerce portal that assists them to showcase their leather products. This also helps SMEs to interact with each other and make visible to potential buyers and/or input suppliers.

Design studios will shift the focus to the upper value chain stratum and effectively enhance higher trickling down effect to all the stakeholders in the leather sector. This success is potentially assured through well-established partnerships that could enhance value addition, reduction of losses in the supply chain and overall wealth creation.


Title of the action:

Provision of Machinery and Support for the Development of SMEs Footwear Clusters in Burundi, Eritrea, Kenya, Uganda and Zambia

Location(s) of the action: -

Burundi, Eritrea, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia 

Total duration of the action

36 months

Amount of the Project

US$ 400,000

Objectives of the action

Project Goal(s)

Contribute to the development of Incubation and Clustering Service Centers in selected COMESA Member States.

Specific Objectives of the intervention are to:

·         Improve SMEs accessibility to suitable machinery and equipment;

·         Enhance SMEs labor productivity from 4.6 pairs to 8 pairs per day by 2017;

·         Promote joint production by SMEs in order to meet minimum order quantities of institutional Private and Public Sectors.

Target group(s)[1]

250 SMEs who are involved in the production of footwear and leather products operating in open markets in Burundi, Eritrea, Kenya, Uganda and Zambia, which have been organized into Clusters. 

Final beneficiaries[2]

·         SMEs

·         The National economies of target countries

Estimated results

·         Increased labor productivity from 4.6 pairs to 8 pairs per person;

·         A rise in total footwear output of the 250 SMEs from 1,150,000 to 5,600,000 pairs per annum in three years;

·         Growth in total revenue of the targeted SMEs from €17 million to €105 million after 3 years;

·         3,125 jobs created after three years from the current figure of 1,250 jobs



[1]     “Target groups” are the groups/entities who will be directly positively affected by the action at the action purpose level.

[2]     “Final beneficiaries” are those who will benefit from the action in the long term at the level of the society or sector at large.

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