Kyambogo University in collaboration with Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation 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.
The event will promote a sense of creativity, innovation and invention among the participants hence boosting science and technology in Uganda and Africa at large.
According to information on Kyambogo university conference website, the event is to commence on 7th to 9th August 2019.
It will involve Africa Inter-university conference and exhibition with respect to Leather industry and its role in enlarging MSMEs and to identify improvements in the artisanal crafting of leather products.
This year’s theme is focused on the promotion of the Triple Helix Interactions between the Academia, Industry and Government.
According to information at hand, the sub-theme will explore broad issues on how studies and research are tailored to the practical problems from industry and private sector through appropriate government office to be channelled to academia to obtain practical solutions.
An exhibition area will be organised during the APSIC 2019 event at the same venue to showcase leather technologies and innovations, or institutions working in the subject area.
Basing on information, 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 among others.
Institutions and individuals working in the subject areas are encouraged to apply poster sessions accordingly.
The objective 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.
Leather sub-sector in Uganda has experienced a sluggish growth yet, the country has a growing number of animals including cattle (14 million), goats and sheep (20 million)( Kiraye et al. , 2018 ), and other ruminants.
According to UIA 2017, approximately 95% of the Ugandan processed hides and skins are exported as partially processed leather.
The National Leather and Leather Products Policy 2015, the Leather Value Chain Strategy 2015-2025 and Agriculture Sector Development Strategic, the Government has been promoting value addition and exports.
The EAC Heads of State Summit has also emphasized value addition, specifically on the leather value chain. The Africa Leather and Leather products Institute in their new Strategic Plan has emphasized promoting and strengthening the growth of the regional leather value chain.
Over 90% of leather products are imported from outside Africa, despite the huge potential in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern African region.
Of the 25 million pairs of shoes annually demanded in Uganda, one million are produced locally and the 24 million are imported mainly from Europe, North America and Asia. Out of the total import of shoes, only about 500,000 pairs are leather shoes. Despite this potential, most of the finished leather products are imported into the country from Asia, the European Union and North America.
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