Italy To Boost Rwanda Leather Industry

side effects geneva;”>The Minister of Trade and Industry, cialis 40mg François Kanimba on Thursday signed an Agreement with the Italian Trade Commission (ICE) represented by the Director of its Johannesburg Office, visit this site Sergio La Verghetta and the Rwandese Association for the Promotion of Leather and Leather Products (RAPROLEP)

The contract is aimed at accelerating the operationalization of a Training and Production laboratory for the footwear and leather products in the community processing center in Gatsibo District, Eastern Province.

According to Kanimba, the signatories intend to establish a technical and financial cooperation in the set-up, organization and installation of the laboratory.

“The Italian partners expect to send 24 machines with production capacity between 60-200 pieces per day latest May, 2013,” he noted.

Kanimba said the agreement will serve to transfer and apply advanced Italian technologies and know-how to the local industry in terms of development of new product designs, training on new product development and other technical services and technologies in the local footwear and tannery industry.


The Italian delegation was composed of Dr. Sergio La Verghetta Director of the Agency for the promotion of Foreign Trade and the Internationalization of Italian companies (ICE) – The Italian Trade Commission at Johannesburg; Dr. Carlo Milone Secretary General of the International Polytechnic Industrial and Economic Development (PISIE) Italy, and Patricio Cioni President of PLURIPEL Group an investor in the tannery sector.

After a three-day visit and meetings with different Government institutions, besides the Italy Government support to the leather community processing center in Gatsibo district, the private investors PLURIPEL Group are also committed to invest in the leather industry in Rwanda.

Their investment in leather industry will be done in three phases.

Phase one will cover building a tannery for production of wet blue for export and 10% of finished leather to supply local market while the second will see the upgrade of production from Wet-blue to finished leather.

Phase three will ensure the establishment of a shoe factory with other Italian investors in leather products.

If all goes well, said Kanimba, the parties agreed to complete the three phases by 2017.

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