Over 200 tanners, footwear and leather goods manufacturers and garment producers are preparing to showcase their products in three weeks. Close to 17,000 people are expected to attend the three-day event at the Millenium Hall. The Ethiopian Leather Industries Association partnered with the Ministry of Industry, the Ministry of Trade & Regional Integration and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) to organise the fair to be opened on February 16, 2023. In the first 10 months of the past year, a little over 33 million dollars was earned in export from the leather industry from the expected 69 million dollars. The Association President, Redman Bedada, said the event would play a vital role in reinvigorating the leather industry and reversing the downturn in the aftermath of the pandemic.