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LISEC Project Overview

  The LISEC project is funded by the European Union through the Trust Fund approved at the Valletta Summit in November 2015. The overall objective of the project is to create greater economic and decent employment opportunities, especially for young men and women, through the development of the Ethiopian leather industry and the Modjo leather industrial park. The project addresses three distinct and interrelated components, as follows: 

 
• Advancing Economic Competitiveness by Strengthening the Leather Value Chain;  

 
• Protecting the environment by facilitating financial investments towards the establishment of an eco-friendly leather industrial park in Modjo;


 • Strengthening social cohesion by supporting local economic and social development initiatives, especially for women and youth living in the Modjo area, and by enhancing industrial and labor relations in Modjo Leather City (MLC).

 
  UNIDO-LISEC

 
  UNIDO is mandated to work on the first component of the LISEC project, which aims at advancing the economic competitiveness by strengthening the leather value chain. This component has three main outputs, namely:


1. Improve Quality and Quantity of Hides and Skins (H&S - including a grading system, training, awareness raising) by supporting the leather value chain from slaughterhouses to tanneries;

2. Support tanneries (processing and producing finished leather) towards integration into the global leather value chain through Competitiveness Gains/Environmental compliance including the creation of a Leather Industry Development Institute (LIDI) Regional Centre;

3. Promote Investments in/around MLC (including Medium, Small and Micro Enterprise clusters) for both domestic and foreign companies.

Gender Mainstreaming


Recognizing that empowerment of women and gender equality as key ingredient for sustainability of the leather industry, UNIDO-LISEC project is committed to ensure a balanced access and participation of women and men in all project activities. All the project’s activities are expected to be equally provided to women and men, but a particular attention has been reserved to women and youth. The project gives particular attention to capacity building and related support activities to women network; promotion of improved working conditions and working environment (through up-gradation and modernization of certain processes); and promotion of the women role especially in the business services. It also aims to ensure the consideration of special needs of women groups for income generating activities and business management.

Upgrading Ethiopian leather and leather products industry


Upgrading Ethiopian leather and leather products industry