This year, the Lagos Leather Fair is themed, ‘ADVANCING THE CONVERSATION’, is all about a call to action. Steps must be taken to enhance the creative efforts of practitioners across the value chain, and aggressively upscale the skills of artisans within the industry.

It has become obvious that there is a need to provide an enabling environment and invest in everything necessary to build capacities across the supply chain in order to achieve commercial-level production and well finished, higher-value exportable products, and in so doing, create dignified employment.

The time has come to advance the conversation so that the Fair’s objectives of growing a skilled workforce, aspiring to global standards and achieving enhanced marketability can be met