Su Chaoying said the exchanges between the two nations have continued for many years and they will keep close contacts for developing further cooperation. The talks focused on future developments, industrial policies, industry challenges and the function of leather associations in the management of trade, as well as cooperation on improving communication relating to future leather trade fairs.

Based on Ethiopia’s rich resources and cheaper labour, combined with the advantages of the Chinese leather industry, the Ethiopian delegates expressed their hope to strengthen more cooperation with Chinese leather counterparts. They stated that immediate cooperation should be launched by introducing technologies for upgrading the leather processing technologies in the Ethiopian leather industry, attracting Chinese enterprises to invest in the shoemaking and leather goods sectors. The Ethiopian delegation also hoped to recieve support on skills training, design and technical improving with bilateral strengthening cooperation.

Su said the CLIA will not only play a more important role but also drive cooperation in leather industry. He made commitments to hold further talks with the Ethiopian delegation on a specific plan to carry out objectives with further discussions during the Shanghai leather trade fair (ACLE) in September.