By ZBC Reporter
THE Zimbabwe Leather Collective has welcomed government’s support of the sector through the 2021 to 2030 leather strategy, which is expected to propel them to the global market and help grow the national economy.
A tour of Bulawayo based companies which are part of the Zimbabwe Leather Collective was an eye opener with the Chairperson of the organisation Arnold Britten saying they are burning the midnight oil to improve their operations and increase output in line with the demands of the lucrative export market.
The leather industry has always been a key contributor to the national economy. We believe that after the Vice president launched the strategy it brings back the importance of the leather sector to the economy. When the industry begins to operate as usually you will see import substitution recovery as the country will be spending less money on importing leather products, he said.
As part of supporting government efforts to revive the leather sector, the country’s export promotion body, ZimTrade remains instrumental in assisting local companies to grow.
The leather sector is one of the priority areas that has been identified by the government as key in developing the economy. Our take as ZimTrade is that we need to have initiatives and intentions that will assist the sector in moving forward. Over the years we have had exports coming to work with them to prepare them for the export market. We have been instrumental in gathering consent to helping the in trade and ease of doing exports, noted Jacqueline Nyathi, ZimTrade Regional Manager
The country’s leather industry is poised for further growth by taking full advantage of locally available raw materials at a time when livestock farmers continue to grow the national herd.