Wiskes Mkombezi - Source: Internet
By Franklin Mtambalika
The country's leather industry has received a major boost following the procurement of processing machines under a project called Malawi Enterprise Productivity Enhancement—MEPE.
MEPE, a brain child of the Common Market for East and Southern Africa-COMESA is implementing the project to Leather Industry's Association of Malawi—LIAMA members under the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism.
This follows an outcry by LIAMA members who for many years have been calling for investment in the industry, to prevent farmers from selling unprocessed hides.
Speaking to Newsline on Thursday, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism Spokesperson Wiskes Mkombezi confirmed the development saying the project is worth Three Hundred Thousand Euros.
“Under that project line, there is a procurement of equipment called Leather Design Studio,” Mkombezi highlighted.
In his remarks, President of Leather Industry's Association of Malawi Edward Malunga expressed excitement on the development.
He explained, “We are very excited that we are going to have our own machinery because this is state of the art equipment which is going to carter for other Southern African countries. We are going to be the center point for these people whenever they want to do some training and other things.”