Deputy PM meets Uni vice chancellor to promote partnership links

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Addis Ababa, February 5 (WIC) - Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen, who is on a visit in England, has met with vice chancellor of the University of Northampton to discuss how the institution could help support the leather industry in the African country.

Professor Nick Petford travelled to the Ethiopian Embassy in London and met with Demeke Mekonnen to talk about how the university could assist with Ethiopia’s wider development strategy.

In conjunction with Pittards Plc, the UK-based leather and leather products manufacturing company, which owns Ethiopian Tannery, the University of Northampton hopes to develop the management skills within the Ethiopian leather industry through a partnership to boost significant growth and enhanced profitability for the industry.

Prof Petford was joined at the meeting at the Ethiopian Embassy by Dr Ian Brooks, executive dean of Northampton Business School and Rachel Garwood, director of the Institute of Creative Leather Technology.

Dr Brooks said: “The University’s unique capabilities in leather technology and business capability can offer the Ethiopian leather industry support to help it become a world leader for leather; from innovation in animal stock management through to high quality products.

“The industry is already robust, but we can transform its future, by helping it become a global brand of high quality.” (