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COMESA/LLPI Signed MoU with Bahir Dar University Institute of Textile and Fashion Technology

COMESA/LLPI Signed MoU with Bahir Dar University - Ethiopian Institute of Textile and Fashion Technology (BDU-EiTEX) on 12th May 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The objective of the MoU is to create and Maintain their mutual interest in technology transfer, training and research, and as a contribution to increased international co-operation.

The signing was made by Mr. Addisu Ferede, Scientific Director of EiTEX and Prof. Mwinyikione Mwinyihija, Executive Director of COMESA/LLPI.

Partial View of the Signing Event
Partial View of the Signing Event
Partial View of the Signing Event
Partial View of the Signing Event
Partial View of the Signing Event
Partial View of the Signing Event

COMESA/LLPI Gears Up its Capacity to Deliver Value to Its Stakeholders

COMESA/LLPI in its effort to become a premier Institute in the global environment, is putting in place frameworks to strengthen its delivery model. LLPI’s work is aimed at transforming the leather value chain in the COMESA region, to migrate from production and marketing of raw materials and semi processed commodities to finished leather, footwear and leather goods.

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COMESA-Leather and Leather Products Institute (COMESA/LLPI) Mounts Experts Team Mission to Madagascar

Partial View of the Mission
Partial View of the Mission

Two COMESA/LLPI’s Experts, Prof. Mekonnen Hailemariam and Mr. Harrison Mungai conducted a mission to Antananarivo, Madagascar from March 26 to April1, 2017.

The objective of the mission was to conduct a baseline survey for gathering information that will serve as input for formulation of projects that will be supporting and strengthening the Madagascar’s Leather Value Chain towards enhanced value addition, increased productivity and improvement in quality and market access.

The Experts Team held consultative meetings with government higher officials in different Ministries, Private sector players, training Institution and made visits to different enterprises along the leather value chain.  The complete report of the mission activities will be shared with all institutions and enterprises that participated in the survey activities.

The COMESA-RISM program is acknowledged for the financial support for the implementation of the baseline survey.

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LLPI Participates in the Tunisia Workshop Towards Potential Accession to COMESA Membership

Meeting with Public Sector
Meeting with Public Sector

The COMESA Secretariat and COMESA Institutions meeting with the Tunisia government and private sector representatives was held on the 12th and 13th April 2017. The meetings were organized as part of the discussion towards Potential Accession of Tunisia to COMESA and its different institutions Membership.  LLPI was represented in two meetings held with the Private Sector and Public Sector players that were  interested to hear more on what the Institute has to offer. Important millstones were discussed with presentations done by Prof. Mekonnen to the Private Sector and Prof. Mwinyihija following up with Public Sector representatives coming from various Ministries and agencies. The discussions were  crucial as a preamble to prepare Tunisia whilest evaluating their membership accession. LLPI has offered to support Tunisian leather sector by assisting in Strategy development, SMEs development, and cluster formulation to make the sector productive and competitive.   

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First India-Commonwealth SME Trade Summit to be Held in New Delhi, India from 30th – 31st May 2017

The First India- Commonwealth SME Trade Summit is being organised in order to fulfil the main objective of promoting trade and investments among the SME sector of the Commonwealth. The Summit will be organised by ICSA in partnership with Commonwealth Secretariat; Centre for WTO Studies, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, India; FISME; FICCI; CII; GBS-Africa; TPSF; COMESA LLPI; and India Business Group, London. It will bring together and link high-level policymakers from Ministries of trade and Ministry of Industry within the Commonwealth, who will discuss and exchange information about their schemes for promoting international trade, strengthening the SMEs and linking them to the global economy. This platform will also provide opportunities to the industry in the Commonwealth to showcase and sell their technologies, whether soft or hard technologies. For More Information, Please click the Brochure.

The 9th Edition of All African Leather Fair Concluded with Success

Official opening of the 9th Edition of the All African Leather Fair 2017
Official opening of the 9th Edition of the All African Leather Fair 2017

The 9th Edition of the All Africa Leather Fair (AALF-2017) that was held from 17th -19th March 2017, was successfully conducted by bringing together tanners, footwear and other leather goods manufacturers, equipment and technology suppliers, chemical and inputs suppliers, manpower training institutions, trade promotion organizations, etc from all over the world.

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Kenya launches strategy to revamp leather sector

Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperation Adan Mohamed told a leather forum in Nairobi that the country's leather sector is yet to fully recover from the effects of the Structural Adjustment Programs that were imposed on Kenya by the international donor community over 20 years ago.
"We are hoping that the strategy will help the leather sector to regain its competitiveness which made the country an exporter of finished leather products," Mohamed said.
The strategy provides a roadmap that will guide the East African nation's leather sector to tap its full potential.
Data from the ministry of industry indicates that Kenya is only able to produce 8 million pairs of shoes annually, leaving a deficit of 23 million pairs. Read More ...

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The government will create a Sh130 million revolving fund in 2017/18 financial year for lending to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the leather industry.

Industry, Trade and Co-operatives Cabinet secretary Adan Mohamed yesterday said the funds will be sourced from a regional financial institution and the Kenya Industrial Estates (KIE).

“We are in the final stage of negotiations with the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank, commonly known as PTA Bank, for a Sh30 million loan.

KIE will commit from its annual budget Sh100 million as part of taming finance challenges small traders are grappling with,” he said. Addressing the media in Nairobi after launching a five-year strategic plan aimed at revitalising the leather footwear sector, Mohamed said the funds will be advanced at special rates below the market rate.

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The Kenyan government to fund SMEs in the leather sector

Kenya is planning to revive its leather industry, with at least Sh130 million set aside to fund Small Medium Enterprises(SMEs) in the leather sector.

Speaking during a forum with members of the Kenya Footwear Manufacturers Association (KFMA) early this week, Industrialization Cabinet Secretary Adan Mohamed said the funds will be used to build workspaces for SMEs in all the 47 counties.

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Team of Academicians from Bahir Dar University Visited COMESA/LLPI

A Team of Academicians from Bahir Dar University Visited COMESA/LLPI on March 9, 2017. The Team was composed of a Public Relation Officer, Researchers and Lecturers.

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