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Training-Workshop on Regional Leather Trade Information

The COMESA-Leather and Leather Products Institute (COMESA/LLPI) has organized the Regional Leather Trade Information Training-Workshop for its member countries, scheduled to take place from September 25 to 27, 2012.

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The Twenty Third Meeting of the Board of Directors of COMESA-LLPI Has Taken Place.

Partial View of Board of Directors MeetingWelcoming

The Twenty Third Meeting of the Board of Directors of COMESA-LLPI was held at the Institute’s Conference Hall on 13th-15th August 2012.

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Training Workshop Detail Information

The COMESA – Leather and Leather Products Institute (COMESA/LLPI) presents its complements and has the honour to inform Honourable Minister that the Institute, in collaboration with the COMESA Secretariat and the International Trade Center (ITC), has organized the above captioned Regional Training-Workshop for its member countries, scheduled to take place on 25th – 27th September 2012.

LLPI, being the Regional Leather Sector Development Hub, has recently established an Information Service Unit under its PACT II Programme to provide sustainable leather value chain information exchange and dissemination network services for the business community within the COMESA Region.

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COMESA-LLPI mourns Ethiopian Prime Minister Melese Zenawi

Former Prime Minister of EthiopiaThe Staff and Management of the COMESA Leather and Leather Products Institute (COMESA/LLPI) would like to convey our deep, heartfelt sorrow at the untimely passing away of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and, as Staff of an Inter-Governmental Institute and particularly as Ethiopian Nationals, we forward our condolences through your Ministry to his bereaved family, relatives, the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, and the whole Nation.

May the Almighty God Rest His Soul in Peace.


Zewdu Kebede
Acting Director

COMESA-LLPI Conducted a Regional Leather Trade Information Training Workshop for the COMESA Sub-Region and Launched its website

The COMESA/LLPI conducted a Regional Leather Trade Information training workshop here in Addis Ababa, at the Ethiopian Red Cross Society Training Institute, from September 25 to 27, 2012, in collaboration with ITC. A total of 12 trainees from 6 COMESA/LLPI member countries, namely Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Sudan, Uganda and Zambia attended the training. The trainers were from COMESA/LLPI (2 trainers) and ITC (2 trainers).

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COMESA-LLPI Gets New Director

Dr. Mwinyikione MwinyihijaDr. Mwinyikione Mwinyihija has been appointed as the Director of the COMESA-Leather and Leather Products Institute, with effect from 2nd of January 2013. Dr. Mwinyihija is taking over the role from the longtime Director of COMESA, Dr Geremew Debelie, who passed away on the 10th of September, 2011.

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All African Leather Fair 2013

All African Leather Fair 2013The Ethiopian Leather Industries Association (ELIA), in cooperation with COMESA/LLPI and other sponsors, is organizing the 6th All African Leather Fair (AALF) in Addis Ababa, from February 20-22, 2013.

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The COMESA/Leather and Leather Products Institute (COMESA/LLPI)-Co-sponsored All Africa Leather Fair 2013 Successfully Concluded

Ethiopian Prime Minister  during the Inauguration Ceremony


The Ethiopian Leather Industries Association (ELIA), in cooperation with COMESA/LLPI and other sponsors, organized the 6th All-African Leather Fair (AALF) in Addis Ababa, from February 20-22, 2013.  The Trade Fair brought together tanners, footwear and other leather goods manufacturers, equipment and technology suppliers, chemical and inputs suppliers, manpower training institutions, trade promotion organizations, etc..from different parts of the globe. African companies and organizations constituted the largest attendance.

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COMESA-Leather and Leather Products Institute (COMESA/LLPI) Regional Leather Sector 6th Core Team Meeting Conducted

Partial View of Core Team MeetingThe 6th Core Team Meeting of the COMESA Leather Subsector was held at the Ambassador Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 23rd February 2013. The main objective of the meeting was to review past activities and the work plan for 2013.

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COMESA/LLPI Focal Points and SMEs Workshop

The All Africa Leather Fair, has become an important annual event of the leather sector enterprises and stakeholders in the COMESA region. Annually both regional and international enterprises converge in Addis Ababa to show case the latest leather, footwear, leather goods and technology.

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COMESA-LLPI to host Regional Workshop on Strengthening Regional Supply Chains in Leather Sector in Sub-Saharan Africa

The COMESA – Leather and Leather Products Institute (LLPI), in collaboration with the UNCTAD Unit of Economic Cooperation and Integration among Developing Countries, is hosting UNCTAD’s Project on “Strengthening Regional Supply Chains in Leather Sector in Sub-Saharan Africa”, funded by the Commonwealth Secretariat.

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COMESA-LLPI at the APLF Leather Fair in Hong Kong

APLF Leather FairFashion Show During the FairCOMESA-Leather and Leather Products Institute (COMESA-LLPI) participated in Leather Fair held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) from 25-27 march 2013. The Institute was represented by its Director Dr. Mwinyikione Mwinyihija. The Fair was organized by Materials, Manufacturing & Technology (MM&T) and Fashion Access.

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“Tannery of the Year” Award Winner for the Year 2013 Announced

The third Tannery of the Year Awards programme has been held at a gala dinner in Hong Kong on March 25, and in this competition, the PrimeAsia China, based in Guangdong Province, emerged as the winner of the regional award for China, and later as the overall global Tannery of the Year.

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COMESA/LLPI staff Planted Trees within the Institute’s Headquarters Compound

COMESA-LLPI Staff During Tree PlantingDr. Mwinyikione Mwinyihija, Director of COMESA-LLPI During tree plantingThe COMESA/LLPI Director initiated tree-planting event was organized on Friday April 19, 2013 to further enrich the green area of the Institute. The trees planted were native and some edible.

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COMESA/LLPI at the International Council of Tanners (ICT) Annual Meeting

The International Council of Tanners (ICT) annual meeting was held at the International Convention Centre  in Hong Kong on March 24, 2013. COMESA/LLPI was represented in this meeting by its Director Dr Mwinyikione Mwinyihija.

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The COMESA LLPI Invited Investors to Visit Ethiopia and Kenya Leather Sector

A Team of three Investors namely Mr. K. O Kane (former Director of TATA-India), Mr. Glory Chen and Mr. George Chen were invited by COMESA-Leather and Leather Products Institute (COMESA/LLPI), as part of the activities of the Institute to enhance investment and trade promotion in the region, arrived to Ethiopia on May 6th, 2013, met the Minister and senior dignitaries both in the public and private sectors to be appraised on the opportunities available in the country.

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DATE: 26 TO 29 MAY 2013


The COMESA/LLPI is holding a Workshop to be attended by Government, Private Sector and technical institutions who are involved in improving the performance of SMEs in the leather value chain. The objectives and expected outputs of the workshop are as follows:

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Press Statement

“Workshop on Strengthening Regional Supply Chains in Leather Sector in Sub-Saharan Africa”
June 6, 2013
Nexus Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
The COMESA-Leather and Leather Products Institute (COMESA/LLPI), in partnership with UNCTAD, Commonwealth Secretariat and African EXIM Bank, is hosting a two-day Workshop on Regional Leather Supply Chains in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Copperstone University signed the (MoU) with COMESA/LLPI

Copperstone University on May 31, this year, signed the (MoU) with COMESA/LLPI, an autonomous institution of COMESA mandated to coordinate the regional development of the leather industry.
The core strategic objectives of COMESA/LLPI are to provide cooperation in the training of personnel for the leather industry at various levels of the value chain, spearhead research and development in the area of materials and technology, facilitate investment and trade promotion, as well as information dissemination and extension.

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Zimbabwe Leather sector development strategy launched

THE Government on June 13, 2013 launched the Zimbabwe Leather Sector Development Strategy expected to make the country’s leather sector a vibrant and internationally competitive industry. Officially launching the strategy at the Zimbabwe International Exhibition Centre in Bulawayo, Industryand Commerce Minister Professor Welshman Ncube said the strategy constituted private-public platform for action.

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Graduation of Footwear and Leather Products Artisans in Business Management

Partial View of the Cluster Management WorkshopTwelve footwear and leather goods artisan graduated amid fun and pomp at Moba Hotel in Kitwe, Zambia on 10th of May 2013. The occasion was graced by Dr Mwinyikione Mwinyihija who is the director of the COMESA/LLPI, who sponsored the course.

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COMESA/LLPI Boosts African Economy through Leather Products

Khartoum - The meeting of the COMESA/LLPI's Core/Team to develop leather products in COMESA countries is one of the most important achievements of the COMESA/LLPI and the leather sector is capable of boosting the African economy, said Osman Omer Al-Shareef, Minister of Foreign Trade.

Sudan is one of the world's largest cattle exporters in addition to Kenya and Australia and that is why this area of the economy is the concern of the three different ministries of agriculture, industry, and trade, added the Minister.

Read More at Sudan Vision Daily


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