The Minister of Trade Industry and Cooperatives, Hon. Amelia Kyambadde has today officially opened the Academic and Practical Skills and Inter-University Conference (APSIC2019) and Exhibition of Leather and Leather Products at Kyambogo University.

The minister inspected leather products exhibition stalls and applauded the University’s efforts in producing practically skilled students who are highly demanded in the industry. She advised the university leadership to ride on the skills of students in leather tanning to invent machines which can be used in the leather and leather products manufacturing instead of relying on rudimentary methods of using knives which are scary.

“The government is working on infrastructure development, supporting the curriculum and it can as well consider machinery for the industry.” She added.

The minister, reminiscing from her past experience of Kyambogo, which she described as looking unattractive with old buildings appreciated the administration for working hard in transforming the outlook of the university. Kyambadde further revealed that many employees approach her for Kyambogo University graduates who are preferred for their discipline and practicability.

In saying this, the minister was officially opening the Academic and Practical Skills and Inter-University Conference (APSIC2019) organized and hosted by Kyambogo University where she was the chief guest. This conference is the first of its kind in Africa, running from Wednesday, August 7 to Friday, August 9, 2019, attended by national and international participants.

The conference aims at promoting the interaction between Academia, Industry and government in the promotion of the leather sector in Africa.

The Conference is organized under the theme; “Emerging Technologies and Innovations for Sustainable Leather Sector Development in Africa.’’