Ethiopia Gearing Up for the XXXVI IULTCS Congress 2021

Ethiopia is gearing up for the XXXVI IULTCS International Congress, taking place October 20-23, 2021 in Addis Ababa. Under the lead of Professor Dr. Mwinyikione Mwinyihija, naturally member of the scientific committee of this year´s congress in Germany, our colleagues at Addis Ababa based African Leather and Leather Products Institute starting to take up measures and preparations to organise and conduct the next global meeting of the leather and tanning industry and it´s sodality of scientists and researchers. With this Africa will host the Congress for the second time after 2001 in Cape Town, South Africa.

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About the Host and Organizer

Organiser and Host of the XXXVI IULTCS International Congress, ALLPI, is headquartered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and its membership encompasses ten countries, namely; Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, Sudan, Zambia and Zimbabwe. It is also working with Djibouti, DRC, Madagascar and Swaziland under Consultancy services and potential for them to become members in the near future.

The Mandate of ALLPI is defined in its Charter and complimented by the COMESA Treaty, COMESA Summit Decisions, Council of Ministers Directives, COMESA Secretariat Strategy, COMESA Regional Leather Value Chain Strategy, Member States Leather Value Chain Strategies, Public and Private Sector Stakeholder’s inputs through the Regional Core Team, Triple Helix and SME Technical Committee platforms, among others. The diversity of the Committee members have expanded to include leading global players of the industry to provide in-depth and real-time solutions to the leather sector.

ALLPI is to be Africa’s premier center of excellence for a competitive leather sector in the global arena and to facilitate member states and link partners, enterprises and institutions for value addition, sustainability and competitiveness in the leather sector through sharing of knowledge and innovation.

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Congress Theme: Greening the Leather Value Chain

Prof Dr Mwinyikione Mwinyihija
Executive Director of Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute

"Africa is emerging with key players through the leather value chains where finishing high-quality leather and leather products are being witnessed in all the strategic corners of the continent! Therefore, holding the 2021 Congress is both timely and opportune as the rest of the world can visit the continent to witness what is happening and find investments opportunity where doing business is attractive and progressive. Excellence in leather and leather product is evidenced in countries such as Ethiopia and many other countries in Africa where ALLPI is actively engaged.

Your participation in the 2021 Congress is both historical and goal setting for the continent and we welcome you all in Addis Ababa the capital for Africa Union to progress together to the next level of industrialisation! For that, the continent adopts a theme that is encompassing to 'Greening the Leather Value Chain" to ensure a sustainable pathway that will provide luxury, health and wealth with an assurance of the same to the next generation and beyond!"