Leather designers to benefit from the state of art of leather design studio


By Alick Junior Sichali

Leather designers in the country are said to benefit a lot from the  completion of works of the leather design studio in Chileka Chatha area, Blantyre.

President of Leather Industry Association of Malawi (Liam), Edward Malunga, made the sentiments in an interview on Saturday with The Maravi Post saying  works under the project have been finalized and now is operational.

Malunga said the studio has state of art equipment for designing and  production of tailor-made leather products such as shoes, bags and belt.

He said the studio will help leather designers to be doing a lot of work  with high quality attached to it in a short time.

“The studio’s vision is to be a leading and innovative centre of excellence  in building Small Scale Entrepreneurs (SME’s) capacity in production and  marketing of leather products,” Malunga said.

According to Malunga the studio will also significantly contribute to the  Buy Malawi Strategy a project which government embarked on.

The President of Liam said Buy Malawi Strategy will be a hub of market of
leather products as its targeting locally made products.

“Government has embarked on the Buy Malawi Strategy; this project will
create a market for the products we will be producing,” explained Malunga.

According to the association they will soon commence the project of
building a Tannery in the country so that materials to be used at the
studio should be bought within the country.

The association said the interventions are being done under the MEPE II
Project which believes that the Buy Malawi Strategy implementation can only
succeed by providing SME’s with technical capacity to enable them produce
high quality products for local and international markets.

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