The training program was launched in Addis Ababa City Administration and Oromia Regional State according Berhanu Serjebo Director of Corporate Communication with the Ministry of Industry.

The courses are intended to produce a steady supply of skilled professionals for the leather sector to support efforts to modernise the processing techniques within the sector.

There more than 65 students who are currently enrolled in first and second degree programs in leather sector specialties offered at the Addis Ababa University and the Indian Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI) explained Berhanu.    

It is expected that a selected group of students will travel to India to attend tertiary level instruction according to the mutual cooperation arrangement between the CLRI and Addis Ababa Institute of Technology. The Chennai based CLRI have agreed to train 30 professional in two degrees and five students working towards their tertiary degree he explained.

The technological cooperation with CLRI is expected to offer significant support to the efforts to utilise national resources in the country he added.

The income earned from the export of leather has shown notable improvement after the nation banned the export of crust leather said Berhanu.  

Source: Ethiopian Press Agency