The Ethiopian Leather Industries Association (ELIA) is organizing the All-African Leather Fair (AALF) 2008 which will take place in Addis Ababa from February 20-22, 2014.
Ethiopian Leather Industries Association (ELIA) is a nonprofit trade association of the leather industries businesses and works to enhance and improve the leather industries business climate by promoting export of leather, shoes and leather goods and garment, protecting the rights of members, and assisting businesses to improve. ELIA was first founded in 1994 as the Ethiopian Tanners Association included footwear and leather garments and articles in 2004 and became the Ethiopian Leather Industries Association (ELIA) in 2007. They aim to spearhead the emergence of the Ethiopian leather industry as a key global player representative of its members who are producing and exporting first choice leather and leather products. ELIA Incorporates Footwear, Leather Garments & Goods and Tanners operating in the country.
The Fair is a specialized one designed to promote the African leather industry and to enable it create an interface with its partners within the continent and around the world. It will also offer the opportunity for business persons in the industry to meet and to talk face to face and to get immediate feedback on their prospective businesses. It will enhance their access to new markets and it will also provide a comprehensive forum for increased business in leather, leather products and the allied industries notably chemicals, machinery, components and accessories.
It will bring together tanners, footwear and other leather goods manufacturers, equipment and technology suppliers, chemical and inputs suppliers, manpower training institutions, trade promotion organizations, etc from all over the world. African companies and organizations are expected to constitute the largest attendance.
Ethiopia has a successful track record in organizing specialized leather fairs. The Meet in Africa 2004 Leather Fair was one of such Fairs which was able to draw the participation of more than 270 Ethiopian and international exhibitors and more than 3000 international visitors.
Organizing of specialized leather trade fairs similar to the All-African Leather Fair (AALF) 2014 will serve as a vehicle to promote the wealth that Africa has in the sector by making a platform available where the industry can showcase its exportable items to the world market.