Leather industry incubates: The Kinshasa bootmakers in technical training

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Nearly fifty booties of the leather industry of the city of Kinshasa province participate, since Tuesday in Kinshasa, in a workshop of technical training of incubated on the topic: “Manufacture of the shoes and the problems related to the production”, confided on Wednesday ACP, Mr. Camille Nkuka Ibanga, Training Director at the Office for the Promotion of Congolese Small and Medium Enterprises (OPEC).

The aim of this workshop, which aims at providing bootmakers with modern shoe manufacturing techniques, is organized by OPEC from 14 to 20 May, in collaboration with the Common Market Secretariat for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). It also aims to make bootmakers able to manufacture shoes that are competitive in the international market.

Mr. Feraw Kebede, a specialist at the Leather Institute in Ethiopia, who provides the training with the sub-theme “Product Development” has developed the techniques for designing a shoe with a new “Design”.

He pointed out to boot makers that shoe development starts with the zero point which is design. This phase involves the different stages namely, the shape, the sections, while insisting the design, which gives shape to the shoe.

The workshop then turned into a learning workshop where bootmakers experimented and reconciled theory with practice in the incubator room of (Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the leather sector set up. OPEC.

For the OPEC Director General, Vital Manga Bolengu, this training marks the start of a technical training for boot makers. During this training incubators have acquired a solid knowledge to be able to manage intelligently and rationally the entrepreneurial resources, thanks to the appropriation of the modern tools of management.

According to the Director General, the prospective study conducted by the experts of the leather institute of COMESA showed that the development of the leather value chain in the DRC has potential to generate income and create direct jobs in the DRC. the value chain.

And to add that the pilot incubator of SMEs in the leather sector faces a great challenge, that of seeing in the medium term, Congolese put on quality products “made in Congo”, like other countries Africans who have succeeded, like Ethiopia.

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