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Leather and Leather Products Institute
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Basic Footwear Designing and Finishing Training Workshop in Rwanda Kicked-off

The training course in “Basic Footwear Designing and Finishing” to SMEs in Rwanda was officially opened on the 11th September 2017 by Madam Mukashyaka Germaine who is the Chairperson of Leather Value Chain Industry Platform. The Executive Director of COMESA Leather and Leather Products Institute (LLPI) Prof. Dr. Mwinyihija was represented in the event by Mr. Harrison Mungai who conveyed his greetings and thereafter highlighted LLPI Vision, Mission and the Institute’s Mandate.
In presence during the official opening ceremony were:

  • Mr. Habumugisha Michel who is the President of Rwanda Association for Promotion of Leather and Leather Products (RAPROLEP);
  • Dr. Osinniel, a representative of Ministry of Trade and Industry;
  • Mr. Kagango Diogeune, Director of Masaka Business Incubation Centre;
  • Two Footwear Training Experts from Kenya and Uganda contracted by LLPI.

 

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COMESA/LLPI Mission to Sudan

The Team of Experts of COMESA/LLPI led by Executive Director went to Khartoum Sudan from 16th to 24th August 2017.

The objective of the visit was to streamline the leather development activities of COMESA/LLPI with different public, private and academia organizations.

The Mission undertook MoU signing with different Government Organizations, made visit to Kerari Vocational and Entrepreneurship Center, Visited Incubation Center of Sudan Science and Technology University, conducted Cluster and Incubation Management Training Workshop, facilitated and sponsored the Khartoum Leather Fair.

 

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COMESA/LLPI JOINS THE ADVISORY BOARD OF INTRA COMMONWEALTH SMEs ASSOCIATION (ICSA) AS A FULL MEMBER

COMESA/LLPI is proud to announce that it joined the Intra Commonwealth SMEs Association (ICSA) Advisory Board as memebr since August 2017.
The objective of ICSA is to provide a sustainable platform for exporters and importers to regularly meet, build awareness of existing global standards as well as to encourage regional and extra regional investments in areas where the countries have competitiveness but lacks capacity. The association will be beneficial for the Commonwealth nations more particularly the LDCs, as it will enable firms to source their inputs more competitively while it will help LDCs to improve their supply capacities as well as diversify their export baskets. In other words, the association will help in enhancing and diversifying the exports of Commonwealth countries.

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COMESA/LLPI Conducts Training Course in Basic Footwear and Leather Goods Making at Lycee Industriel and Commercial Institute Djibouti

A training course in Basic Footwear and Leather Goods Making to SMEs was held from August 13 to 20 2017 in Djibouti at Lycee Industriel and Commercial Institute. The training was organized, under the COMESA-RISM Program financial support, by COMESA-Leather and Leather Products Institute in collaboration with the Ministère Délégué Chargé du Commerce, des PME, du Tourisme et de la Formalisation.

 

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Higher Education Academy Fellow Award

Prof. M. Mwinyihija, Executive Director, COMESA/LLPI
Prof. M. Mwinyihija, Executive Director, COMESA/LLPI

Prof. (Dr.4) M. Mwinyihija, Executive Director of COMESA/LLPI has been awarded a Higher Education Academy for Fellow Status.

The Award was given for the greatest achievement he registered in Academic research activities and engagement to Higher Education. Prof. Mwinyihija is known to be transforming the African leather sector through the Public, Private and Academia (Triple Helix Approach) that links the industrial development agenda and national policy and strategies with research and development; and developing Curricula for university, tertiary level and at institutional level. This initiative covers Postgraduates at Doctoral, Masters and BSc levels and also covers SMEs training to develop diagnostics towards industrialization in Africa.

This recognition is not only for himself; rather it is for LLPI and for the African leather sector at large. The Higher Education Academy (HEA) is an independent non-profit organisation committed to world-class teaching in higher education. HEA works in partnership with institutions and individuals in higher education supporting student success. The Higher Education Academy brings the sector together to collaborate, and share teaching strategies and practice.

The COMESA/LLPI family congratulates Prof. Mwinyihija for his wonderful achievement that will in turn enhance regional development.

EASTERN AFRICA HUB AND COMRSA/LLPI- REGIONAL DESIGNERS STUDIO CAPACITY BUILDING TRAINING-WORKSHOP FOR FOCAL POINTS HELD IN UGANDA

Partial View of The Training Workshop
Partial View of The Training Workshop
Partial View of The Training Workshop
Partial View of The Training Workshop

The first Training Workshop under the project entitled “Structured Design Training for Regional Leather and Leather Products SMEs in Leather Products Design, Craftsmanship and Export” was held from 19 to 21 July 2017 in Kampala, Uganda. This Training workshop was organized by COMESA/LLPI in collaboration with the USAID - East African Trade and Investment Hub (EATIH). Over 20 participants attended the Training Workshop, who came from 11 countries of the region, namely Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

The objectives of the workshop were to enhance the Focal Points’ appreciation of the scope of the Eastern Africa Hub project and its relationship with the Reginal Designers’ Studio; to capacitate Focal Points to apply the SMEs Selection Criteria and the administration of the Profiling Instrument; to enhance the Focal Point technical capacity to evaluate samples of leather footwear and products; and to identify and prioritize specific activities in the implementation of the Regional Designers Studio Project.

The Training Workshop was officially opened by the Executive Director of COMESA/LLPI. Prof. M. Mwinyihija and Director, Investment, East Africa Trade and Investment Hub, Mrs. Kanini Mutooni.

Presentations were delivered on the objectives and scope of the Hub Project and the Regional Designers Studio and the Selection Criteria and Profiling Instruments by Mr. Nicolas Mudungwe, Programs Coordinator, COMESA/LLPI.

Technical presentations on the Defects Identification Methodology were made on Leather Footwear and Leather Goods, respectively. by Mr. Feraw Kebede and Mr. Moses Mwangi who are renown experts in the Region.

Participants in Group works conducted Practical Evaluation of samples based on the Defect Analysis Methodology and this was further discussed in Plenary sessions.

The Training Workshop was concluded with the identification of priority interventions that should be implemented under the Flagship Regional Designers Studio Program; agreeing to initiate and implement activities virtually in the short to medium term and by allocation of tasks and timelines for the identified broad activities.

The Training Workshop Evaluation summary provided an account of participants’ views on various aspects of the Training Workshop. Overall, the Training Workshop was rated as good or excellent by all (100%) of the participants.

Partial View of The Training Workshop
Partial View of The Training Workshop
Partial View of The Training Workshop
Partial View of The Training Workshop
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Samples of Leather Products Displayed During the Training Workshop
Partial View of The Training Workshop
Samples of Leather Products Displayed During the Training Workshop
Partial View of The Training Workshop
Samples of Leather Products Displayed During the Training Workshop
Partial View of The Training Workshop
Samples of Leather Products Displayed During the Training Workshop
Partial View of The Training Workshop
Samples of Leather Products Displayed During the Training Workshop
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Partial View of Participants Presentation During the Training Workshop
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Handing Over of Certificates on Completion of the Training
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Group Picture of Participants

IULTCS 2021 Congress Organizing Committee Kick-off Meeting Held

First IULTCS 2021 Congress Organizing Committee Meeting
First IULTCS 2021 Congress Organizing Committee Meeting
First IULTCS 2021 Congress Organizing Committee Meeting
First IULTCS 2021 Congress Organizing Committee Meeting
First IULTCS 2021 Congress Organizing Committee Meeting
First IULTCS 2021 Congress Organizing Committee Meeting

Following COMESA/LLPI’s wining to host the IULTCS 2021 Congress, the first Organizing Committee Meeting kicked-off on 26th July 2017 at LLPI’s Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The Congress is to be organized in collaboration with the Ethiopian Government, Technology Universities, Private Sector Associations, and Professional Associations. The Meeting was officially opened by Prof. Mwinyihija, Executive Director of COMESA/LLPI.

The objective of the Meeting was to formulate and structure different components of the Organizing Committee that will realize the successfulness of the event. The Meeting elected Congress President and Organizing Committee Chairperson. The Meeting also structured the following five committees and assigned the respective Chairs:

  • Technical Committee
  • Fundraising Committee
  • Administrative Committee
  • Communication Committee, and
  • Mini-Exhibition Committee

Prof. Mwinyihija appreciated Government, University, and Association representatives from for their due attention to successfully organize the IULTCS 2021 Congress which is of the first of its kind in Africa.

COMESA/LLPI Organized Academia Meeting Held

Partial View of the Academia Meeting in Kampala, Uganda
Partial View of the Academia Meeting in Kampala, Uganda
Partial View of the Academia Meeting in Kampala, Uganda
Partial View of the Academia Meeting in Kampala, Uganda
Group Picture at the Conclustion of the Academia Meeting
Group Picture at the Conclustion of the Academia Meeting

As part of strengthening and promoting research and development projects focusing on the leather sector, COMESA-Leather and Leather Products Institute (COMESA/LLPI) organized a one-day meeting for academic colleagues from Kenya, Uganda and Zimbabwe, on 21st July, 2017 at Hotel African, Kampala, Uganda.

The meeting was organized to explore ways and means to facilitate and strengthen Joint Research and Networking as well as to further enhance COMESA/LLPI’s Capacity to Share Best Practices.

The Executive Director of COMESA/LLPI, Prof. Mwinyihija, opened the meeting by welcoming participants and giving a brief talk on LLPI’s endeavors to strengthen research activities for the development of the leather sector in the COMESA region. This was followed by presentations made by Dr. Douglas Onyancha from Dedan Kimathi University of Technology of Kenya, Mrs. Diana Nitamu from Makerere University Business School, Uganda and Prof Londiwe Nkiwane from National University of Science and Technology (NUST), Zimbabwe, respectively, on the following three project areas:

  • Identifying the Determinants of the Leather Technology Adoption in Artisan/SMEs Involved in the Leather Footwear and Leather Goods Manufacturing in Kenya; 
  • The Supply and Demand Implications on the Restriction on Exports of Hides and Skins and Potential Impact on Imports of Second Hand Footwear Ban in East Africa; and 
  • Leather Products and their Accessories – Formation of a Business Incubation Centre at National University of Science and Technology (NUST).

The presentations were followed by discussions that allowed to appreciate the current status of the research activities of the three projects and make recommendations on the way forward and resource mobilization for the three projects. Participants agreed to come up with tangible results and make next progress report during the 11th Consultative forum that will be held in Livingstone, Zambia in December 2017.

Courtesy Visit of the COMESA/LLPI Board of Directors to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives of the Republic of Uganda

Partial View of LLPI's Visit to Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives of Uganda
Partial View of LLPI's Visit to Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives of Uganda
Partial View of LLPI's Visit to Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives of Uganda
Partial View of LLPI's Visit to Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives of Uganda

COMESA-Leather and Leather Products Institute (COMESA/LLPI) Delegation composed of the Institute’s  Board of Directors (Mrs. Annoncée Kuradusenge - Board Chairperson from Rwanda, Mr. Wondu Legesse and Mr. Abdul Hakiim Sekandi - Board Members respectively from Ethiopia and Uganda), Executive Director- Prof. Mwinyihija Mwinyikione, and Institutional Capacity Development and Consultancy Expert Prof. Mekonnen Hailemariam paid a courtesy visit to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives of the Republic of Uganda on the 18th July, 2017.

During the Courtesy visit, Prof. Mwinyihija expressed his deep gratitude to the Hon. Ms. Amelia Anne Kyambadde, Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperative, of the Republic of Uganda, for receiving the delegation despite the busy schedule the Honorable Minister has. He then introduced members of the delegation after which the Board Chairperson briefed the Honorable Minster on the 32nd meeting of the Board and the COMESA/LLPI’s focus areas of activities and achievements in the leather sector in member States. Board members also briefed the Honorable Minster on their respective countries’ leather sector development activities.

The Honorable Minister, after thanking COMESA/LLPI for its remarkable activities for the development of the leather sector in COMESA region in general and in Uganda in particular, shared insights about the second-hand footwear and leather goods importation ban to be instituted in East African Community partner states starting from 2019, and capacity building and finance related challenges to unlock the potential of the leather sector.

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.

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