The COMESA/Leather and Leather Products Institute (LLPI) headquartered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, was established by the signing of the Charter by COMESA Member States in Mbabane, Swaziland on 23rd November 1990 in order to promote productivity, competitiveness, trade and regional integration in the leather sub-sector through the provision of the following key services:
The COMESA/LLPI mission is to contribute to the sustainable development, competitiveness and integration of the COMESA leather sector while operating as a technical institution and a center of excellence in leather and leather products processing and manufacturing technology.
Contact: The Director
P.O. Box 2358 Code 1110
COMESA/LLPI membership is open to all members of COMESA. The current members are: Angola, Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea Ethiopia Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
COMESA/LLPI operates as a separate legal institution with a Board of Directors currently consisting of seven members from Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Sudan, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
COMESA/LLPI activities fall into two broad areas of core and co-ordination activities:
DEVELOPMENT OF THE LEATHER SECTOR
COMESA/LLPI is a regional institution whose main objective is to develop the leather sector of the region through helping the private and public leather industries to improve production, marketing and trade by providing technological and information inputs, mobilising investments, rehabilitation programmes and pooling and development of relevant capacities and capabilities.
HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT
The Institute conducts training of operators, technicians, in the whole spectrum of the leather industry, including hides and skins improvement, leather manufacturing technology, leather finishing technology, leather goods design and production, quality control and effluent treatment. A number of courses lead to diplomas and certificates. Short-term courses are aimed at upgrading skills. Workshops and seminars are conducted to disseminate and exchange information.
INVESTMENT AND TRADE PROMOTION
COMESA/LLPI activities address investment and trade promotion for private sector development and solicit bilateral and donor funding for programmes for the business community to take maximum advantage of regional as well as international integration, cooperation and trade.
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
Research activities encompass enhancement of national research and training, institutional, process and product development including leather products, chemicals, machinery, equipment and auxiliaries, standardization and quality control, effluent treatment and pollution control.
CONSULTANCY AND EXTENSION
Consultancy and extension services are aimed at promoting investments and trade through suitable studies and surveys.
INFORMATION COLLECTION AND DISSEMINATION
COMESA/LLPI is the regional center for the collection and dissemination of information on hides, skins, leather and leather products and acts as a regional trade promotion centre. It could establish regular follow-up with member States and constant contact with international organisations and donors. The enhancement of this web-site is a part of the Institute's information networking objective.
COMESA/LLPI co-ordinates national and regional training, research and information programmes; assesses regional manpower, technology and training needs; and addresses gender issues within the leather sector.
Within the region there are a number of institutions and programmes associated with COMESA/LLPI. For example COMESA/LLPI Country Units facilitate co-ordination and co-operation on agreed programmes.