The 5th World Leather Congress organised by the International Council of Tanners along with the Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI) is scheduled to take place on November 1, 2021, in Addis Ababa and will be followed by the XXXVI IULTCS International Congress, November 3-5, 2021 at the Skylight Hotel. Although the coronavirus pandemic in Ethiopia is fairly stable at the moment the organisers explained that the situation is fairly fluid relating to the virus and many things may change between now and the dates of both events. 

Travel restrictions and quarantining into and out of Ethiopia exist for many countries currently and therefore the organisers of both events have decided to offer a hybrid version to maximise the number of attendees.

Speaking at the press conference Dr Luis Zugno, IULTCS Organising Committee Chairman said; “With only 112 days to go I urge the global leather industry to come together either virtually or live and support these two important events in Africa. We need more attendees to register, and we also need more support such as sponsorship to allow them to take place. There are so many major issues facing the international leather industry at the moment that we all need to come together and discuss them to find solutions.”

The World Leather Congress has a list of high-profile speakers listed on its website who will be addressing the central theme of “Leather a gift of nature”. This will be followed by the IULTCS congress under the banner of “Greening the Leather Value Chain”. The IULTCS congress is the leading scientific conference for the global tanning industry.

Due the pandemic the Organising Committees of both events have decided to create a hybrid event which is part live and part virtual and they are working with an international virtual events company to make the congresses reachable globally and attract between 300-400 people to attend the events. Papers will also be available for virtual delegates to download to offset any differences in time zones. 

Dr Christine Anscombe urged people to register as delegates for the events virtually and suggested that if the pandemic situation improved between now and November delegates could “upgrade” and travel to the live event. She also said that members of the industry located closer to Ethiopia could attend in person and that some companies could sponsor a speaker or delegate to attend the events. For further information and to register click here