Sri Lanka explores opportunities in Kenya’s Leather Industry.Saadiya Haji
Sri Lanka explores opportunities in Kenya’s Leather Industry.
A delegation from Sri Lanka led by the Ag. High Commissioner paid a courtesy call to the Kenya Leather Development Council (KLDC Office) in March, 2018. The aim of this meeting was to explore opportunities for Sri Lanka in the Kenyan Market.
Sri Lankan Statement of Interest
According to DI (the company represented by the Delegation), the company produces 35,000 pairs of shoes per month. The company specializes in production of millitary and safety boots, belts, bags and other accessories. The company seeks to establish partnerships with Kenya in the following areas:-
- Establishment of a strong supply chain network with Ken- ya especially in the area of wetblue and finished
- Opening of leather products outlets in Nairobi—This will assist in creation of employment for Kenya‘s
The head of delegation observed that DI is currently targeting the youth in its expansion plans and Kenya is a strategic mar- ket due to its youthful population and increase in middle in- come earners.
Kenya’s Statement of Proposal
On the other hand, the Kenyan delegation comprising of tanners, footwear and leathergoods enterpreneurs put forward that:-
- They look forward to partner with Sri Lanka in the areas of Technology Transfer in order to upscale production of quality leather and leather products in
- Access to Accessories—Sri Lanka is known in production of a wide range of soles as such, MSMEs would want to explore further on how they can partner with Sri Lanka on this
- Capacity Building—Training is a critical aspect in the leather products chain and MSMEs would wish to explore how Sri Lanka could partner with Kenya to grow its skills base in leather
Mr. Yassin Awale (Advisor on Leather to Cabinet Secretary) observed that Kenya is home to a variety of International Brands including; Philips, Essar,
- and is a critical strategic market as it opens doors to the EAC and COMESA As such, DI would benefit a lot by establishing a base in Kenya for their operations in East and the wider African region.