China-Africa leather colleagues work together to promote the development of China-Africa leather industry
On November 14-28, Su Chaoying, vice chairman of the my country Leather Association, led a Chinese leather delegation through Egypt to conduct a half-month business inspection of the African leather industry. This time, I focused on the East African countries where the leather industry is more developed, including Kenya, Ethiopia and Tanzania. The content of the inspection included the development of the leather industry in these countries and their investment policies and environment. The tremendous progress made by China's leather industry over the past two decades has attracted worldwide attention. The output of leather products such as leather, leather shoes and leather clothing in my country ranks first in the world. Undoubtedly, my country has become a major leather country in the world. However, it is precisely because of the rapid expansion of the volume of leather and leather products that more and more international trade disputes have been triggered: the European Union levied a 16.5% anti-dumping duty on my country's leather shoes; international trade disputes caused by technical trade measures have also increased. More and more. At the same time, the national macro-control policies have been continuously promulgated, the leather processing trade policy has been adjusted, the export tax rebate of leather products has been reduced or cancelled, environmental protection requirements have become increasingly stringent, and the cost of raw materials has remained high. In short, after entering the Eleventh Five-Year Plan, my country's leather industry is facing a new living environment and development goals. my country's leather industry is in a critical period of reintegration. The past era of development driven by output expansion has passed. We must adjust Industrial structure, change the growth mode, and transition from a quantity-led type to a secondary entrepreneurial development stage based on quality, brand, environmental protection and export benefits. Faced with the new living environment and development goals, the leather industry has realized that only by actively adjusting its development thinking can it grasp the initiative of the sustainable development of my country's leather industry. Among them, responding to the government's call to actively go global and seek new development opportunities abroad is a way out for everyone. In many African countries, such as Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania, the leather industry is their traditional industry, and they also have good resource advantages. In recent years, in order to promote economic development, the governments of these countries have attached great importance to the development of the leather industry and formulated many practical With preferential investment policies, and at the same time continuously strengthening ties with the world's leather industry, especially China's leather industry, Africa has become a potential partner for my country's leather industry. In order to better understand the African leather industry and better grasp its policies and investment environment, the China Leather Association went to Egypt and Ethiopia to conduct a preliminary inspection of the African leather industry in March. On this basis, after continuous communication with African countries and listening to the opinions of relevant member units, the inspection itinerary was finally determined. This business inspection has been highly valued by the leather industry authorities of these countries, and the inspection content is rich and substantial. Each country held a symposium, where government departments introduced industry policies, and industry associations introduced industry development status; field trips to enterprises were arranged. The Chinese delegation visited their leather and shoemaking enterprises and inspected industrial parks. At the same time, Chinese representatives shared Representatives of the counterparts from each country conducted face-to-face business cooperation negotiations. In just a few days, the members of our delegation have a more comprehensive, thorough and in-depth understanding of the leather industry development status, market conditions, industry policies, and investment environment in these countries, which can be described as fruitful.