The Non-Oil sectors of the Nigerian Economy is often a largely neglected sector despite its huge potentials for growth and massive contribution to the development of the Economy. Interestingly over the years, the leather sector has been the number one contributor to our national GDP, aside from crude oil receipts. Not only that, footwear and leather products from local designers are now better appreciated with fair pricing placed on quality production from the Industry.
However, despite this growth, there is the challenge of age-long dogma’s by the Nigerian populace that locally made footwear and leather products are always inferior. This accounts for why the country still imports between 80-120 million pairs of footwear annually into the country. In addition, local producers lack access to the right equipment to scale up production and thus have just a meager 18% of the local market share.
We could all decide to continue with a “Business as Usual” approach or get pragmatic by highlighting industry’s successes, proffering solutions to definite issues, reaching out for government support and begin a re-orientation of Nigerians about the current state of the footwear and leather industry.
Made In Nigeria Shoe Expo (MINSE) captures all of the issues within the industry, strives to ensure balanced representation from youths and women within the industry, and presents broad multi-stakeholder representation across the value chain from leather tannery’s, Equipment Manufacturers, relevant government agencies, Finished Leather goods producers etc.
At the Third edition of the Expo, we would be driving the discourse on “SUSTAINABLE FUTURES“. Beyond the increased patronage locally designers enjoy today, or growing exports from key leather and footwear hubs, Local businesses must be well positioned towards global competition, disruption from foreign investment into the local industry, uncertainty over government policies, among others. Sessions covering access to finance, asset financing, branding, essentials for packaging, entrepreneurship, customer relationship management would be offered for FREE at the Expo.
In conclusion, it must be acknowledged that Industry events are the easiest avenues to grow ones brand, catch up on prospects for the sector, identify emerging opportunities across the value chain, network with industry professionals and stakeholders as well as showcase innovation. To this end, we welcome you to the Third edition of Made In Nigeria Shoe Expo holding in Lagos, Nigeria from Sept. 27 -29, 2017.
Get a FREE PASS at http://www.tinyurl.com/MINSE . For Exhibition and Sponsorship enquiry, kindly contact us via e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com