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COMESA/LLPI in the 2nd East Africa Manufacturing Business Summit

Prof. Mwinyikione Mwinyihija, Executive Director of COMESA/LLPI, Presenting Paper During the Summit
Prof. Mwinyikione Mwinyihija, Executive Director of COMESA/LLPI, Presenting Paper During the Summit

COMESA/LLPI participated in the 2nd East African Manufacturing Business Summit that was held during 23rd -25th May 2017 in Kigali, Rwanda.

The objective of participation was to showcase the activities and plans of COMESA/LLPI to develop the regional leather sector, to create awareness of the potential of the leather sector for employment creation, wealth creation, and rural development; and to strengthen linkages with partner organizations, private sector, academia and public sector;

Presentation was made by Prof. M. Mwinyihija, Executive Director of LLPI titled: Leather and Footwear Value Chain an East African Perspective. The presentation has stimulated policy makers and participants to the extent how LLPI can work to develop the African leather sector. It has also emphasized the importance of local skills and knowledge to analyse the existing situation and formulate the way forward. The presentation has also underscored the importance of Clustering in the leather development and other Agro-based industries.

The Summit has created very good opportunity for public, private academia and other development partners to understand the activities of LLPI in the region. In return, the Summit has also opened doors for LLPI to network with different partners working for the development of the African Leather Sector.

The Summit was organized by the East Africa Community (EAC), the East Africa Business Council (EABC) and the Government of Rwanda.

The East African Community is composed of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. Except Tanzania, all members of the East Africa Community are also members of COMESA/LLPI. And the East African Business Council is the apex advocacy body of business associations of the private sector Corporates from the East African countries.
The Summit identified strategic areas for industrial development in the region that bear comparative advantages and where significant private sector investment is needed to unlock potential. These strategic sectors include: agro-processing and agri-business, mineral processing, pharmaceuticals, construction materials, fertilizers and agro-chemicals, leather, textile, and automotive sector.

As a regional player to develop the leather sector, LLPI’s participation in the Summit has had great importance in terms of showcasing its achievements and future plans, unleashing the potential of the regional leather sector, and creating networks with development partners, private, academia and public bodies.

Partial View of LLPI's Stand during the East Africa Manufacturing Business Summit

Partial View of LLPI's Stand during the East Africa Manufacturing Business Summit

Hon François Kanimba, Minister of Trade, Industry and EAC Affairs, Republic of Rwanda visiting LLPI Stand
Hon François Kanimba, Minister of Trade, Industry and EAC Affairs, Republic of Rwanda visiting LLPI Stand

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