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Leather and Leather Products Institute
(COMESA/LLPI)

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The COMESA/LLPI 32nd Board of Directors Meeting Held

32nd Board of Director's Meeting of COMESA/LLPI
32nd Board of Director's Meeting of COMESA/LLPI
32nd Board of Director's Meeting of COMESA/LLPI
32nd Board of Director's Meeting of COMESA/LLPI

The Thirty Second Meeting of the COMESA-Leather and Leather Products Institute’s Board of Directors was held in Kampala, Uganda at Hotel Africana on 17th – 18th July 2017. The Meeting was attended by the Board Members from Ethiopia, Rwanda and Uganda. An apology was presented from Mr. Clement Phangaphanga (Malawi), who felt sick the night before his scheduled travel day. The Board Members expressed their best wishes and prayers for his quick recovery.

The Board examined the Institute’s January to June 2017 budget performance and work activities report as well as the 2018 proposed budget and work plan. The Board took cognizance of the progress that LLPI has achieved against its set annual targets that are informed by its strategic plan (2016 – 2025) and Annual Plan for 2017.

The Board also provided necessary Recommendations and Decisions for the Institute’s and Board’s consideration and guidance for the remaining period of the current year 2017 and approved the 2018 proposed Budget and work plan, for it to be considered by the relevant committee and endorsement by the Council of Ministers.

The Board registered it's appreciation and satisfaction for an excellent performance irrespective of its meagre resource. These were proud to be associated with the success registered and agreed that the milestones gained will translate to tangible beneficiation to Member States in the Region and ultimately realization of AUC Agenda 2063 pillar on industrialization.

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.

Workshop for the Validation of the DR Congo Leather Value Chain Strategy, Incubation Centre Feasibility Study and Business Plan Held

DRC Strategy Validation and Launch

The COMESA/LLPI facilitated DR Congo Leather Vale Chain Strategy draft document and reports of an Incubation Centre feasibility study and Business Plan, validation workshop was held at Beatrice Hotel, Kinshasa, DR Congo from May 26 to 27, 2017.

The workshop was organized by the Ministry of SMEs with financial support from COMESA Secretariat and European Union. Other institutions that brought assistance in the organization and publicity of the workshop included RAWBANK, TELE 50, and  I MAGIQUE DESIGN.

 

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COMESA-Leather and Leather Products Institute Conducts Training Course in Leather Footwear Design and Finishing at Masaka Business Incubation Centre

A training  course in Leather Footwear  Design and Finishing to SMEs operating in the leather footwear manufacturing was held at the Masaka Business Incubation Center, Rwanda from May 14 to 22 2017. The training was organized by COMESA-Leather and Leather Products Institute in collaboration with the Ministry of Trade, Industry and East Africa community Affairs (MINEACOM); Workforce Development Authority (WDA) and RAPROLEP which is an Umbrella of leathers practitioners in Rwanda.

 

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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

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.

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