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The COMESA Leather and Leather Products Institute (LLPI) has become a full member of the International Union of Leather Technologists and Chemists Societies (IULTCS).

Executive Director LLPI, Prof. Mwinyikione Mwinyihija said COMESA member States that include Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Uganda and Zambia will benefit from this new development.

“With continued growth of leather manufacturing in the Central and Southern Africa regions, it is important that the voice of this region be heard in global technical discussions and we make a contribution towards the technical direction taken by industry,” Dr Mwinyihija said.

The IULTCS is a world-wide organization of professional societies which was originally organized in London in 1897. Currently, the organisation has 17 Member Societies and 4 Associate Members representing some 3000 individual members.

The union aims at fostering cooperation between member societies, hold congresses to further the advancement of leather science and technology, form commissions for special studies and to establish international methods of samples and testing leather and materials associated with leather manufacture.

In welcoming the LLPI, the IULTC President Dr. Dietrich Tegtmeyer said: “On behalf of the Executive Committee I am pleased to welcome this new member and look forward to their active participation in IULTCS activities.”

The LLPI is based in Addis Ababa Ethiopia and strongly promotes and supports the leather industry in COMESA countries.