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Inauguration of Innovative Leather Products Technology Unit in Sialkot
May '11
An inauguration ceremony is being held at Leather Products Development Institute, Sialkot, Pakistan on 30th April 2011 for unveiling the Innovative Leather Products Technology Unit established by UNIDO during 2010.

Inauguration of the Innovative Leather Products Technology Unit was performed jointly by Ms. Shadia Yousif Bakhait, UNIDO Representative in Pakistan and Mr. Muhammad Younis, Chairman, Pakistan Gloves Manufacturers and Exporters Association, Sialkot.

UNIDO has successfully implemented a project for provision of latest technology to upgrade the Leather training institutes in Pakistan. During the course of implementation of project in 2010, technology has been transferred to Leather Products Development Institute at Sialkot, Pakistan being managed by Pakistan Gloves Manufacturers and Exporters Association. The project was implemented as a component of UNIDO's One UN Program in Pakistan.

A number of interventions have been implemented to achieve the overall target of technical assistance for the Leather Industry in Pakistan. The interventions included provision of latest technology for advanced industrial training to workers, training on management and marketing issues, technical expertise by an international expert, on the job training and advice in a number of leather industries, and study tour to Turkey by key promoters of Leather Sector in Sialkot. The interventions formed a complete package for the Leather industries of Sialkot of which the transfer of technology was the major component of project.

Typically, technical assistance offered by UNIDO for this programme consisted of the following major components:
-- Providing direct assistance to (primarily private, small- and medium-scale) industrial units in evaluating business opportunities, finding or establishing markets (niches), building product ranges, improving production methods and product quality, enhancing productivity, developing labour and managerial skills.

-- Human resources development of the leather-related industries through:
- elaborating and implementing comprehensive professional training systems;
- upgrading the existing Leather Training Center with latest training technology;
- implementing experts meetings, workshops, seminars and special (training) courses in design, technology and management related areas;

-- Regular monitoring and interaction with stakeholders ensuring the ownership at national level.

Pakistan Gloves Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PGMEA) is responsible for supervision and management of Leather Products Development Institute (LPDI), Sialkot. Mr. Muhammad Younis, Chairman, PGMEA has taken personal interest in upgrading and development of LPDI and he has been consistently supervising the activities of LPDI in collaboration with Mr. Muhammad Atif, Project Manager, LPDI.

The programme has been coordinated by Mr. Sardar Ahsan Younus, Prgoram Development Expert, UNIDO Pakistan under the supervision of Ms. Shadia Yousif Bakhait, UNIDO Representative in Pakistan.

A formal handing over and taking over of technology is being held on 30th April during the inauguration ceremony.

UN Information Centre, Islamabad (UNIC)

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