The Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya Leather Development Council (KLDC) accompanied H.E. The Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya on a tour of Italy between 2nd and 6th December 2018 for purposes of enhancing investment and trade between the two countries. The visit took the delegation to Rome, Milan and Vicenza Cities. The area of interest was the manufacturing component, with special focus on leather, textile and coffee. Kenya’s competitive advantage in the region was also highlighted.
The delegation, which also comprised three members from the private sector, was able to meet with the sectorial associations in Italy dealing in footwear, leather goods and tanning (ASSOMAC and UNIC). During the visit, prospects of collaboration with the Italian counterpart were deliberated upon basing in mind that Kenya has similar associations
A visit to one of the biggest leather Cities in the world was undertaken. The team visited the Rino Mastrotto Group S.P.A. based in Venneto. The group produces high quality leather for production of footwear, leather goods and upholstery, with 41% being used in the automobile industry. The firm has adopted resource efficiency practices which include:
- Energy saving
- Reduced chemical consumption
- Reduced water use with 95% of the production automated.
The group expressed the desire to support the Big Four Agenda by setting up operations in Africa through Kenya. They stressed that business thrive under stable Governments and political tranquility in Kenya would provide a warm reception for business opportunity in the Country.