The hides skin and leather industry contributes about 4% to the Kenyan Agricultural GDP. The dealers in the local market are estimated to have earned about 1.8 billion Kshgs, while the exports earnings were reported to be about 4 billion Kshgs annually. This sector is an important sub-sector of agricultural sector and is key to the development of Kenya.
The scope for this industry to grow is fantastic and as per the report from Kenyan Leather Development council, Kenyans buy 24 million pairs of shoe every year. The industry has been facing stiff competition from cheap substitutes which are imported and dumped on the unsuspecting Kenyan Consumers. Kenyan leather shoes are said to be much superior in quality, however much needs to be done to promote the sale of Kenyan shoes, and other leather goods.
As part of the Governments efforts to promote the leather industry, the Kenya Leather Development Council (KLDC) in collaboration with the World Bank through Deloitte will be hosting a leather fair in May 2012 in Nairobi, to promote the Kenyan leather goods in the global market.
The fair, will take place from 15th to 17th May 2012 at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (K.I.C.C). the fair is expected to attract the local manufactures and investors to showcase various articles made from leather. The event is expected to create an awareness for both local and international players, who are following developments in the leather sector in Kenya.
This event is the first of its kind in the country and will try to counter the influx of synthetic goods dumped in the Kenyan Market affecting the leather goods sector.
The leather sector has huge potential to contribute to the country’s economic development and create employment to the youngsters.
The exhibition will allow the visitors to enter free of charge and interact with the manufacturers / traders of leather goods manufacturers, shoe manufacturers, institutions imparting training related to leather processing and value addition and others connected with the industry.
The event is expected to create the right atmosphere for the leather industry to develop, grow and improve the demand for leather through processing and value addition in order to improve their earning both from local and international exports.