About LIDI

The Ethiopian leather industry is a relatively older industry with more than 80 years of involvement in processing leather and producing leather products. The industry bases itself on the country’s livestock resources. Indeed Ethiopia possesses one of the world largest livestock populations. This enormous population of livestock provides ample opportunity for the development of the leather industry in the country. In addition to possessing large livestock population, Ethiopian cattle hides are well known internationally for their fine grain pattern and good fiber structure and are ideal for making shoe uppers.

Correspondingly, the Ethiopian highland sheepskins have got worldwide reputation in terms of quality, thickness, flexibility, strength, compact structure and clean inner surface. It is also estimated to assume for about 70% of the national sheepskin production found to be very suitable for the production of high quality leather garments, sport gloves and has great demand - on the international leather market.

Vision & Mission
To see the share of the Ethiopian leather Industry grow tenfold in 2023 in the global market - Vission

By expanding the Ethiopian leather industry sustainably and fast, promoting investment, providing the investor with production and marketing, technologies, counseling and support services; making Ethiopia gain the most out of its leather resources - Mission.

Objectives of the Institute
The objectives of the Institute are:

To facilitate the development and transfer of leather and leather product industries’ technologies as well as enable the industries become competitive and beget rapid development.

LIDI’s Core Values
  • Customer oriented service

  • Readiness for change

  • Best and fair service

  • Effective team work

  • Professional ethics

  • Occupational safety and health

  • Decent working environment
Organizational Chart
Duties and Responsibilities of the Institute
The institute have the following powers and duties to:
  • Formulate policies, strategies and programs that assist in the facilitation of the development of leather and leather products industries, and implement the same upon approval;

  • collect, analyze, organize and transfer to the sector’s data center and disseminate to users, as may be appropriate, data necessary for the development of leather and leather products industries;

  • prepare and disseminate project profiles that may be helpful in expanding investments in the leather and leather products industries, conduct feasibility studies for those investors desiring to engage in the sector, follow up project implementation and provide remedies concerning problems encountered during implementation;

  • advise investors desiring to engage in the leather and leather products industries sector on the selection of technology, negotiation, construction, erection and commissioning;

  • prepare and conduct practical trainings on technology, technical matters, marketing and management and other tailor made trainings, that assist the development and competitiveness of the leather and leather products industries sector, and issue certificates to trainees,

  • conduct studies and researches to promote the development of the leather and leather products industries,

  • provide support and consultancy services concerning production process, production planning and quality control;

  • cooperate with government and private institutions with similar objectives, locally and abroad, and encourage similar co-operations between private institutions,

  • undertake benchmarking studies that facilitate the development and competitiveness of the leather and leather products industries and assist those conducting similar activity in the sector;

  • deliver product-testing services to leather and leather products industries;

  • extend support in the creation of input and output linkage;

  • conduct market study for leather and leather products industries products;

  • identify technologies that can be developed and undertake product development activations;

  • conduct joint research and assist in the strengthening of local research capacity in the sector;

  • deliver its services to users at one stop shop;

  • collect, as may be appropriate, fees for services it renders;

  • own property, enter into contracts and sue and be sued in its own name;

  • perform such other activities as are conducive to the attainment of its objectives.