Leather Fair Hopes to Bring in Big Returns

The All African Leather Fair (AALF) was opened in Addis Abeba on March 17, 2017 at the Millenium Hall. There were over 150 participants from more than 30 countries participating as exhibitors during the fair.

“The fair is registering significant promotional progress,” read a statement by Yigzaw Assefa, board chairman of the Ethiopian Leather Industries Association.

There were also studies on the leather sector distributed to the visitors and participants during the fair, regarding the challenges facing leather producers. One of the major reported challenges was the quality of raw skins and hides, which also present a problem for leather exporters. The natural issues that affect animals eventually lead to defects in the hides and skins.

The leather industry has been one of the priority sectors of the government for its potential to bring in foreign currency. The government has planned to collect 800 million dollars from the sector at the end of the second edition of the Growth & Transformation Plan.

Published on Mar 18,2017 [ Vol 17 ,No 880]



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