The SIC Group, whose objective is to promote the leather industry in France and abroad, is organising a two-day convention to bring together the suppliers of raw hides and skins in eastern and central Europe (including the Baltic and Balkans) with buyers from western Europe. The Leather Link convention will take place in Flamenco Park Hotel, Budapest, Hungary, June 21-22, 2002.

Information about the event can be found at the website []. The convention includes company presentations and conferences of general interest between eastern and western European companies. Simultaneous translations in English, German and Russian will be provided. The initiative from the SIC Group is being organised in conjunction with the Hungarian leather associations BCE and BIMEO. The objective of the meeting is to stimulate trade in raw hides and skins, semi-processed and finished leathers between eastern and central European suppliers and western buyers.

The meeting is being supported by a number of foreign trade associations and significant interest has already been shown from Bulgaria, France, UK, Hungary, Italy, Kazakhstan, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands and also Pakistan.

Participants will be invited to work, lunch and dine together.

A social programme will be an integral part of the event to encourage further business and personal contacts. This will include a cocktail party, a dinner and sightseeing tour.