To promote academic and practical skills in leather and leather products technology.


Specifics objectives of the event are to:

  1. Promote the triple helix interactions between the academia, industry and government.
  2. Share knowledge and ideas about the leather sector, specifically the opportunities, challenges and threats.
  3. Discuss the role of academia, industry and government in increasing awareness of inclusive growth, sustainability and resource efficiency in the leather value chain.
  4. Showcaseappropriate technologies and innovations in the leather processing, leather materials and finished leather products.
  5. Discuss the policies, strategies and programs at national, regional and international levels promoting the leather sector development.


  • Leather and leather products
  • Published proceedings;
  • A book volume with selected conference papers showcasing success stories, barriers and opportunities for transitions to low leather development pathways in Africa; and
  • A communiqué summarizing key conference recommendations for Africanleather policymakers and development partners.


  • African leather policymakers, leather science experts, private sector actors and civil society appraised of the pros and cons of alternative development pathways and policy choices including achievements and procrastinations; and
  • ii) Strengthened links/ networks amongst leather value chain actors in Africa.


The organizing committee of the APSIC 2019 event will use various methods to ensure effective participation by all stakeholders:

Arrivals of the participants and experts: This will involve welcoming participants of the APSIC 2019 from airport and other destinations to their respective hotel premises and also from hotel premises to the venue of the event.

Day 1: Facilitated Plenary Sessions: This will involve commissioned keynote papers from selected renowned researchers, policymakers and practitioners in the different thematic areas. The keynote papers will draw on existing evidences to frame the dialogues around each thematic area. Two keynote papers will be commissioned for each theme, one from a developed country perspective and another from the African perspective to ensure a balanced discourse of the subjects.These sessions will be coordinated by professional facilitators to ensure proper and effective stakeholder engagement.

Days 2: Matching Sessions: This will involve exhibitions of technologies, leather and leather products from Universities, colleges and SMES from different countries in Africa.

Day 3: Plenary Closing Session: This session will be dedicated to feedback generated from the matching sessions to collectively identify strategic priority response polices, measures and options for Africa in the new global leather economy.