Kyambogo university, Kampala, Uganda



Kyambogo University, Kampala Uganda, in collaboration with Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives Uganda, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovations, Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Ministry of Education and Sports and Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute is planning to host the first Academic and Practical Skills Inter-university Show for Africa Leather and leather products from 7th to 9th August 2019, in Kampala Uganda. 

THEME: Emerging Patterns, Practical Skills, Technologies and Innovations for Sustainable Leather Sector Development: Global Leather Necessities and African Realities.


Promotion of the Triple Helix Interactions between the Academia, Industry and Government:

The sub-theme explores broad issues on how studies and research are tailored to the practical problems from industry and private sector through appropriate government office to be channeled to academia to obtain practical solutions.

Leather Science, Technologies and Innovation including Farming practices, Bio-technologies and Indigenous Knowledge Systems:

The sub-theme explores broad issues on the leather and leather products and sustainable development with a special focus on bio-technologies, farming practices and indigenous knowledge system for improved productivity and value addition in agriculture and on leather value chain. These technologies and innovations present opportunities for addressing many of Africa’s development challenges including poor access to quality processing techniques. Likewise, papers under this sub-theme should explore based on empirical evidences the many controversies that trail the development of some of these technologies in Africa and across the globe.

Institutional Structures and Social Innovations for Sustainable Development of Leather Sector in Africa:

The sub-theme explores the institutional and social structures needed to deliver on sustainable structural transformation towards inclusive growth of leather sector in Africa. This includes the new forms of public policies shaped by new models of innovation that enhance resource efficiency, resource productivity, green economies, green industries, and decoupling economic growth from social and environmental impact.

Youth and Gender Empowerment for the Leather Sector Sustainable Development in Africa:

The sub-theme will explore regional and global experiences on youth development and engagement in science, technology and innovations, which will serve as a knowledge asset for both leather practitioners and policy makers to foster activities on youth development, empowerment and leadership in Africa. The potentials and challenges of youth and gender engagement/empowerment for African sustainable development through Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives(MTIC) and Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute(ALLPI) are also covered under this sub-theme.

The aim of the proposed event is to be in line with the African Union Agenda 2063 and the SDGs Agenda 2030 in the processing of leather and leather products.



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. Showcase appropriate 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 African leather 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
  • Strengthened links/ networks amongst leather value chain actors in Africa.


The organizing committee of the APSIS 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 APSIS 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.


An exhibition area will be organized during the APSIS 2019 event at the same venue. To show case leather technologies and innovations, or institutions working in the subject area, exhibitors are requested to apply in advance to mickiraye@kyu.ac.ug. Spaces for the exhibition will be very limited and will be allocated on first-come first-served. Target Exhibitors will be on innovative leather science, leather technology and leather innovation products, prototypes, etc. produced as a result of research, good policies and practical applications of innovations. Institutions and individuals working in the subject areas are encouraged to apply poster sessions accordingly.


Dates: 7 – 9 August 2019

Venue: The venue will be Kampala, Uganda. Specific venue will be communicated to stakeholders and partners at a later date.


Delegates from all leather and leather products policy stakeholders (policymakers, researchers, private sector actors, and civil society) in the developing, emerging and developed countries with interest in leather value chain capacity strengthening for sustainable development in Africa are welcome to attend the APSIS 2019 event. Key policy making and policy implementation arms of Africa including the African Union Commission (AUC), Regional Economic Commissions (RECs); the United Nations Organizations/Agencies (UN); African national governments; researchers; private sector actors; civil society actors; and key development partners, philanthropies and Donor Agencies from developed, emerging and developing countries are particularly encouraged to attend.


Mr. Kiraye Michael

Address:  APSIS 2019 Coordinator, Kyambogo University,

Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science

P.O Box 1, Kampala, Uganda

Phone: +256772523342 or +256706847595

Email: mickiraye@kyu.ac.ug, prokyu@kyu.ac.ug