In line with the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) of the Federal Government, coupled with a determination to drive made in Nigeria products, organisers of the Made in Nigeria Shoe Expo (MINSE) have called on Nigerians to patronise Made in Nigeria Shoes and leather Products. The 4th edition of the expo brought together local and foreign based companies, and focused on highlighting the value chain of Nigeria’s footwear and leather businesses, in a bid to promoting the growth of the sector, and the economy at large.
“This 4th edition of MINSE is geared towards promoting made in Nigeria shoe products, looking at the entire value-chain, within the Nigerian footwear and leather industry. Over the years, we have constantly aligned with the government’s policies towards growing the non-oil sector, one of which is the footwear and leather sector. So its important that we give it the right visibility and awareness”.
The MINSE Coordinator also stated that, “Nigeria has a pool of creative talent, but many Nigerian shoe and leather entrepreneurs do not have the necessary skill-set and training institutions to build adequate capacities to meet global standards. This is why we put together free master classes for people within the micro enterprises to enhance their skills by addressing knowledge gaps within the footwear and leather sector.”
Also showcasing at the event was Roberto Cardinali, Co-CEO, Tecnofilm, one of Europe’s top footwear technology companies. The company said it hopes to provide raw materials for Nigeria’s SMEs within the footwear sector, while combining good quality and affordability”
“Nigeria is a new market for us; it is a big challenge, but we believe Nigeria is a promising market for us too, because it’s growing fastly, and we believe there is an opportunity for us to use new technologies, new products, and new qualities for this market, at this time when it is experiencing growth.”
Exhibitors at the Expo also showcased different products made in Nigeria, ranging from shoes, bags, footwears, slippers, socks, shoe making equipment, clothing, and others. They called on government to continue to improve Nigeria’s infrastructure, particularly power, in order to create an enabling environment for Nigerian based industries to thrive.
The annual Made in Nigeria Shoe Expo (MINSE), is one of Nigeria’s foremost Shoe and Leather Events, bringing together government stakeholders, shoe designers, manufacturers, trade brokers, fashion enthusiasts, gentlemen of the press, and the general public from within and outside Nigeria.