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Enhancing the Export Competitiveness of Kenyan Leather Products

Published on April 20, 2017

From April 24-25, the Hub, in partnership with the Central Leather Research Institute, will hold a two-day workshop on the preservation of raw hides and skins to increase the competitiveness of Kenyan leather products and the capacity of Kenyan leather workers. The workshop will cover the following topics: 1)Functions of skin, 2) Raw material classification and differences, 3) Identification and grading of hides and skins, 4) Principle and practice of preservation of hides and skins, 5) Common defects in hides and skin and preservation of hides & skins. The workshop will target 10 representatives from different leather clusters within Kenya. Those representatives are then expected to train an additional 15 individuals from each of their leather communities, for a total of 150 trained leather workers as a result of the first workshop. The Hub and partners will measure impact by the improvement in the quality of hides and skins.

Central Leather Research Institute is an Indian government institution with one of the world's largest leather research institutes. The training will take place in collaboration with the Animal Health and Industry Training Institute, as part of the Hub’s Kenya Leather Industry Development Program (KLIDP), implemented by its grantee IL&FS Cluster Development Initiative India. The KLIDP is a Kenya leather sector capacity building program that aims to increase the competitiveness of Kenyan leather products for export, and to attract investment into the sector. Kenyan government officials expect that its new leather park should drive the employment of an additional 50,000 leather workers by 2020. Hub supported leather training workshops will help ensure that these workers are prepared for employment opportunities in the upcoming leather park.