Tanzania to Reduce Shoe Import, Plans to Produce Footwear Locally

Published By : 26 Nov 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

Mr. Joram Wakari, the Executive Secretary of Leather Association of Tanzania (LAT), stated in an interview that Tanzania uses only a fraction of its overall potential at present in the leather industry. Even that is wasted because the country utilizes its scarce resources to import footwear and other leather products from foreign countries.

He further added that income coming from the export of the semi-processed leather materials are inconsistent as a significant amount of foreign exchange is spent in importing shoes, which are mostly made up of plastic and are unhealthy and perilous for the environment.

Tanzania holds the second position in the African leather industry, wherein Ethiopia leads the market with the highest livestock population including more than 22 mn cattle, 16 mn goats, and 7 mn sheep.

At present, Tanzania spends a significant amount of its scarce foreign exchange in importing almost 50 mn shoes every year. It also imports other leather products such as belts, bags, purses, and wallets, which can easily be made in the country using the available skins and raw hides.

Mr. Wakari also said that the association supports the industrialization drive launched by the President, Dr. John Magufuli. The President also revealed his plans for the revival of the leather industry in Tanzania in his inaugural speech of the Parliament.

The President stressed on giving preference to the labor intensive industries that utilize materials, which are locally available to manufacture products with huge consumption ratio in the country. The key objective of preferring the labor intensive industries is to have these sectors contributing around 405 of jobs in the nation by the end of 2020.

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