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Trade minister Amelia Kyambadde at inter university leather exhibition at Kyambogo university

Uganda Loses Sh 1trillion In Leather Sector Annually

Uganda loses about sh 1trillon annually in leather sector exports due to inefficiencies, Makerere University Don Prof John Kabasa has said.

Speaking at inter-university conference on leather and leather products at Kyambogo University, Kabasa said despite the huge demand for leather products on global scale Uganda still hovers behind in leather exports and lacks capacity to increase production and technology to compete with the rest of the world.

He proposed upgrade in leather curriculum to enable youth embrace  new technologies to provide innovative and creative industry.

The conference whose theme is: emerging technologies and innovations for sustainable leather sector development in Africa has been organised to show case available leather products,platform for policy reviews and curriculum development.

Trade minister Amelia Kyambadde pledged to review industrial and national  leather  and leather products policy 2015 to speed up sector development  and enhance youth innovations into leather industry.

She however discouraged players in the industry to desist from exporting raw materials. Currently the demand for leather, leather products and footwear in the world is nearly $215billion as per 2018.The exports of semi processed leather from Uganda recorded were approximately $54billion in 2017.

Kyambadde cautioned leather players to embrace value addition to  address sector challenges for example improving on quality of fas hides and skin reaching the tanning industry.

She also advised them to increase exports and marketing of value added leather products.

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