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Zimbabwe leather sector strategy
Véronique Saunier | 22 April 2016


Manufacturing of quality leather and leather goods is deeply anchored in the history of Zimbabwe and the sector has been identified as having enormous potential to contribute to the economy of the country and become a social and developmental driver.

“The leather industry is labor intensive and generates employment for the active population,” explained Clement Shoko, Chairman of the Zimbabwe Leather Development Council (ZLDC), talking from the organisation’s booth at the MM&T exhibition that was held in Hong Kong from 30 March to 1 April 2016.

The ZLDC’s presence at the MM&T exhibition along with six Zimbabwean tanners and leather manufacturers is part of an ongoing strategy whose main objective is to transform the Zimbabwe leather value chain from the production and export of raw materials and partly processed products to that of value added products such as finished leather, footwear and leather garments.

“We are here to showcase our products, find international markets and attract potential investors,” said Shoko, standing in front a large wet blue cow hide exhibited by Global Tanners which attracted a lot of attention from potential buyers for its remarkable size and thickness that makes it particularly suitable for the upholstery industry. 

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