Gov’t Moves to Boost Local Leather Industry

Rwanda wants to boost the local industry by limiting the imports of leather products from abroad

Uganda enters the last eight Campaign against Malawi on Monday afternoon.

The Cranes started the campaigns on the wrong foot losing to Kenya 0-2 but were later revived, physician winning the successive group games against Zanzibar and Burundi 4-0 and 1-0 respectively to finish in the summit of group B with the draws pairing them with The Flames of Malawi.

The two have faced in twice in the last two years on friendlies. The Flames managed to hold Uganda in Namboole mid July last year and were the better side  early in July this year, medical winning by a solitary strike from of Chiukepo Msowoya at the Kamuzu stadium.

Coach Micho is expected to maintain his attack line that finished the business against Burundi with goal hero Frank Kalanda starting ahead of wasteful Ceasar Okhuti.

Nelson Senkatuuka is also expected to supplement the strike force, Farouk Miya and Muzamir Mutyaba orchestrating the attack.

Other Matches;
Kilimanjaro stars from Tanzania will play Sudan in the second match before Tuesday double header pitting reigning champions Kenya against Rwanda and hosts Ethiopia closing last eight business with a tough clash against South Sudan.

Cranes lineup that lost to Malawi in July.
Uganda XI: Kigonya Mathias (G.K), Kiyemba  Ibrahim, Bukenya Deus, Bakaki Shafik, Kasagga
Richard(Captain), Lwanga Taddeo, Yunus Sentamu, Kizito Keziron, Fahad Muhammad Hassan, Kasumba Umar, Kiiza Martin.

Subs: Alitho James, Brian Ochwo, Farouk Miya,  Erisa Sekisambu, Abel Eturude, Tekkwo Derrick  and Ssemazi John.
Rwanda is looking to boost the local leather industry by limiting the imports of leather products from abroad and encourage locally made leather products, approved Rwanda’s Minister for Trade and Industry, Francois Kanimba said.

The Minister was speaking at a meeting on leather cluster, at Lemigo hotel in Kigali capital.

The meeting was aimed at discussing the role of leather cluster operations in reducing the second hand products such as shoes, belt, bags and more.

Francois Kanimba said that the country is losing much money because of exporting cheap unprocessed leather.

“Last year, the value of leather exports was $14 million annually, but a case study conducted by the ministry indicates that if we process and tan the skins and make leather products like shoes, bags, belt locally, the money can increase to $170 million,” Kanimba said.

Minister kanimba added that Rwanda is thinking of mechanisms to establish local factories for tannery, shoes factory and other leather products.

The minister reiterated that the factory to be set up should be of good quality to fetch more revenues.

He further said that his ministry will carry out a study to establish a plant for leather and the plant will be set up in partnership with leather products associations.

Augustin Mugemangango, the chairperson of Rwanda Association for the Promotion of Leather and Leather Products, (RAPROLEP), said that his association is ready to partner with the ministry of Trade and Industry in the establishment of a leather factory.

‘The minister has given us a lot of encouragement, we have 200 members; this number may rise even at 400 members. If we are organized, there is no reason that we shall not have shares in that new factory,” said Mugemangango.

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