Leather and leather products are highly-globalized products and continue to be traded all over the world. Moreover, the leather industry occupies a prominent position in the world’s economy with a global traded value that exceeded 260 billion in 2019. The leather sector is therefore one of the key sectors boosting development through its contribution to expansion and diversification of industries, creation of wealth and utilization of readily available by-products and renewable resources. The leather sector in Africa holds untapped potential and recognized as the most promising foreign exchange earning sector.
The leather industry is also accused of being a source of pollution to the environment with effects on water and soil profile, plant growth, and human health. Although the African leather industry is relatively insignificant compared to other worlds, the present discussion tries to give information about the activities that ALLPI is undertaking to minimize the environmental problems, that encompass:
1. Greening contribution of leather in Africa through Research
2. Evolving policy for environmental management and
3. Application of implementation matrix that allows the private sector to self-assess in order to revamp his/her leather processing methods for minimizing discharge to the environment.
For nearly 40 years, APLF is the no.1 platform where the leather industry gathers to launch new products, meet colleagues and exchange information. Our mission remains unchanged under all circumstances; thus we continue serving the industry by organising a series of virtual events for different regions.
APLF is the world’s leading leather trade show and considered by the industry as the most important event in the leather industry calendar. In 2019, APLF welcomed exhibitors from 20 countries and visitors from 90 countries. Important associations and organisations also utilise APLF as the platform to hold annual events.
Due to COVID-19, the 2020 APLF will be rescheduled in 30 March – 1 April 2022 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. In the meantime, APLF will organise various online events as well as continue serving the industry through APLF.com.