Ethiopia to host 5th World Leather Congress

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The 5th world leather congress is going to be held from 3 to 6 November 2021 in Addis Ababa, sky light hotel, whilst the 12th all African leather fair and the 6th African sourcing and fashion week will be held from 3rd of December to 6th 2021.
Giving special attention to the leather and textile sector the government is working to develop specialized Industrial Parks (IPs) and a leather project initiative that aims to establish a city designated to produce leather and related materials at Mojo town which can create over 30,000 jobs upon its completion.

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“The project is under implementation to make Modjo town of Oromia State the hub for leather industry and envisions to attract anchor companies’ involvement thereby transforming the town into one of the state- of-the- art tannery centres in Africa,” said Teka Gebreyesus, state minister of the ministry of trade and industry, briefing for the media. As he said the project that is under implementation is expected to cost USD 200 million.
Bringing more than 5,000 participants drawn from 250 international leather goods manufacturing and exporting companies as well as researchers from over twenty countries are expected to take part in the event. The world leather conference will have a two level conference to discuss current and future situations/ technologies and networks with in the particular industries.

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The 12th All-African Leather Fair will be attended by over 150 international manufactures and exporters from 20 countries show casing their products and innovations. All-African Leather Fair is a platform for manufacturers from the entire Africa continent.
“The trade fair and congress will avail a great opportunity to African leather goods manufacturers to penetrate the international market. The event will also provide opportunities for business to business networking among participants,” Teka said, highlighting the promising growth Ethiopia’s leather industry has experienced over years which constituted the competitive edge for the country to be chosen as the event’s venue.
The trade fair also seeks to create opportunities for the participants to share experiences, harness potentials and motivate new innovations, among others, said the organizers. “The trade fair and congress will avail a great opportunity to African leather goods manufacturers to penetrate the international market. The event will also provide opportunities for business to business networking among participants,” said Calabro Aurelia patrizia, representatives of UNIDO Ethiopia.