The delegation met the Managing Director of FDDI, Mr. Raajeev j Lakhara and had a long discussion where Mr. Sameer Kumar Srivastava, Sr. Executive Director, FDDI was also present.
Sharing the details, Mr. Raajeev j Lakhara, Managing Director, FDDI said, “The delegation visited the FDDI to analyze the functional mechanism & capacity assessment of the Institute for institutional collaborations for the development of the South African Leather & Footwear Value Chain Sub-sectors.
The South African delegation made two presentations namely Leather & Footwear Value Chain Strategic Intent & SAFLIA Initiative at VUT which gave an overview of the country’s efforts to boost exports in the context of a dramatically changed - and changing - global environment.
The leather industry in South Africa has been fundamentally transformed through South Africa’s transition from a relatively closed and protected economy to an open market.
The South African Leather & Footwear Value Chain Sub-sectors consists of Leather sector, Footwear sector, Leather Goods, Handbags and General Goods sector, Crocodile sector, Ostrich sector and Taxidermy sector.
The South African Leather sector consists of 31 formal Leather Processing operations in Skins & Hides sector producing Automotive, Furniture and Footwear leather where as 170 formal operations in the Footwear sector. There are 84 formal operations in Leather Goods, General Goods and Handbag sector and 02 dedicated tanneries in an established Ostrich leather value chain besides 120 Crocodile farms and three crocodile tanneries and 71 Taxidermists in Taxidermy industry.
The activities undertaken by FDDI were also briefed to the South African delegation through a presentation which was delivered by Ms. Satyam Srivastava, Consultant, FDDI where she imparted knowledge & skills for designing and planning, techniques for identifying, creating and developing syllabus for the Shop Floor, Middle Management, Higher Management & the Micro Enterprises at the cluster level.
Through the presentation delivered by Consultant - FDDI, the delegation gained first-hand knowledge about the growth of the Indian footwear & leather products industry, the technological advancement taking place in the industry which will immensely benefit the South African footwear & leather products industry.
The delegation discussed in length about the curriculum development process of the Institute, methodologies of promoting training programs among the industry, Business Model, Specific Technologies (Traditional Shoe Manufacturing Technology and Testing Capacity), Design Technology and other services offered by the FDDI.
“The delegation found FDDI as the most efficient technical solution provider which is equipped to facilitate all other growth mechanism factors considered crucial for the leather sector of South Africa,” added Mr. Lakhara.
The delegation also visited the entire campus of the FDDI, Noida where they were made aware of the technicalities of various departments of the institute.
The delegation expressed satisfaction and said that the visit gave them excellent exposure which will help in the growth of the footwear & leather industry of South Africa and thus, in diversifying the economy and achieving sustainable economic growth for the country through training & consultancy to be provided by the FDDI.
FDDI is expanding at the global stage & becoming the first choice in the area of Industrial Consultancy due to the quality, services, efficient & effectiveness in its approach resulting in many countries seeking support from the Institute.