A strategy designed to improve the livelihoods

A strategy designed to improve the livelihoods of human beings working in the leather-based industry in Zimbabwe has been formally released, after extra than a 12 months of extensive work and involvement via the industry. The Zimbabwe Leather Sector Strategy changed into developed with the help of the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), underneath ITC’s Programme for building African Capacity for Trade (PACT II), that’s funded by way of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).


Zimbabwe’s leather-based industry is presently operating at about 20% of its ability in spite of market opportunities within the usa, inside the COMESA area and overseas, in keeping with industry specialists. Until 2000, Zimbabwe produced 17 million pair of footwear, falling to just 1 million in 2011 because of a loss of uncooked materials. In 2011, 84% of uncooked hides and skins were exported, main to a severe scarcity of uncooked hides for local industry and forcing half of the usa’s tanneries to close down. Had Zimbabwe discovered a way to tan and use the leather-based in the united states of america and sell the finished merchandise abroad, it would have carried out a ways better export earnings. “If all of the raw hides and skins in Zimbabwe are transformed into finished goods like shoes, clothes and other leather goods, the enterprise might balloon to US$ 2.5 billion from the existing value of US$ 450 million,” stated COMESA Secretary-General Sindiso Ngwenya.


The goal of the Leather Sector Strategy, which has unified all fee chain players, consisting of private region and guide institutions, is to encourage the production and export of cost-added products along with completed shoes, garments and different leather gadgets.


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