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COMESA/LLPI at the 53rd Zambia International Trade Fair

COMESA/LLPI at 53rd Zambia International Trade Fair
COMESA/LLPI at 53rd Zambia International Trade Fair

As part of its Strategic objective of promoting the leather value chain in the COMESA Region, LLPI participated in the 53rd Zambia International Trade Fair which was held during 28th June – 4th July 2017 in Ndola, Zambia.

LLPI also sponsored six export oriented SMEs from the leather sector Zambia to participate in the fair so as to showcase their products, assess their level of competitiveness in the market, share better experiences, and network with possible buyers and input suppliers. Zimbabwean leather SMEs have also participated in the fair so as to showcase their products and create better business opportunities in the future.

COMESA/LLPI was represented with two of its experts, Mr. Awlachew Sintie (Information Systems Expert, M&E) and Mrs. Birkinesh Gonfa (Investment, Trade & Marketing Expert).

During the event, SMEs has got the opportunity to different Government organizations to get information about the possible supports they can get from them. Prestige Tannery was one of the participants from Zimbabwe. Representatives of the Tannery realized the demand of finished leather by the participant SMEs and has started thinking about opening a shop in Zambia and eventually start investing to establish vegetable tanning in Zambia.
As a side activity, the team of experts from COMESA/LLPI has visited the Kitwe and Chingola Leather Clusters, and Copperstone University. The Chingola leather cluster is supported by the Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) company as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility. The company has supported about 28 SMEs by providing basic machineries and tools, basic leather goods training, about 240 sq. meters fully equipped structure. COMESA/LLPI appreciated the initiative that KCM is taking and is grateful to partner with so as to organize individual efforts together for the broadest outcome. The team, in its visit to the Copperstone University, has confirmed that the University is working very hard to develop the Zambia leather sector. Prof. Stiwala Mundai, while explaining the University’s activities, stressed that the MoU signed with COMESA/LLPI should be implemented phase-by-phase to benefit the most out of it. He also disclosed his plan to pay visit to Ethiopia to get best experiences from institutions that has progressed well.

SMEs, who had been supported to participate the Zambia International Trade Fair, appreciated COMESA/LLPI’s effort to develop the Zambian Leather Sector in particular and the COMESA regional leather sector in general.

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