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.

Beneficiary country


The beneficiary of this project is the COMESA Leather and Leather Products Institute (CLLPI), based in Addis Ababa – Ethiopia, whose 9 members are Eritrea, Ethiopia, Malawi, Rwanda, Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Project activities will be carried out in Ethiopia and Sudan; however the lessons learnt will be shared through a regional workshop, which will attract participation of other remaining countries.

Contracting Authority


The ACP-EU TBT programme will be the Contracting Authority on behalf of the Regional Authorising Officer for the European Development Project REG/FED/022-667.

Overall objective


The project will contribute to the achievement of the following overall objective.
To Promote COMESA LLPI Member States’ intraregional and international trade in the field of footwear



The project will aim at achieving the following purpose.
To support selected tanneries and SMEs of Ethiopia and Sudan in their compliance with EU REACH Directive

Results to be achieved by the Contractor


Result 1 - COMESA regional Footwear standards are harmonised and in line with international standards
Result 2 -The use of chemicals in Tanneries of Eritrea, Ethiopia and Sudan is assessed and a detailed capacity building programme for Tanneries and selected SMEs is drafted.
Result 3 - Selected SMEs and Tanneries are supported in achieving EU REACH certification on the basis of a training of trainers approach

Result 4 - The accreditation process of selected Laboratories active in testing services to the leather sector is supported

Result 5 - Project results and good practices are shared in a final seminar


EU REACH Complience

Leather and Leather goods suppliers who are exporting products into the European Union (and the European Economic area) will need to ensure that the products comply with the requirements of the European Regulation on chemicals – REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals).

Whilst this wide-ranging legislation covers the whole chemical supply chain there are specific impacts for the leather and footwear sectors.

Guidance is available for the key issues for the leather sector and the footwear sector.

In addition there is a generic restricted substances list which breaks down both mandatory and brand specific requirements for a range of materials commonly used in footwear and other leather goods.

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