Rwanda is missing out on over $170 million per year from exports of finished leather products for not having factories that process hides and skins into fine leather.
But this is not unique to Rwanda. According to participants at the recent meeting of Comesa Leather and Leather Products Institute, the East African Community has continued to under-exploit its leather industry despite increasing local demand for leather products.
With a population of over 169 million people, says the institute, the region has a demand for leather footwear standing at 126 million pairs per year. Read more. Source | East African