Leather industry conference in Chennai from Thursday

January 28th, 2009 - 9:08 pm ICT by IANS  

Chennai, Jan 28 (IANS) Facing tough times ahead on account of the economic meltdown in Europe and the US, around 160 participants will discuss the challenges and opportunities for the leather industry at a seminar to be held here. Organised by the Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI), the two day event - the 43rd Leather Research Industry Get Together (LERIG 2009) - will be inaugurated Thursday by Planning Commission member V.L. Chopra.

Department of Science and Technology secretary T. Ramaswami will be one of the speakers.

“It is now time to introspect the present state as well as the challenges of the sector to enable stakeholders to plan appropriate strategies for the future,” CLRI director Asit Baran Mandal told reporters here Wednesday.

Topics likely to be discussed include sliding overseas demand and non-trade barriers by the European countries.

M.R.S. Rao, scientist from Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore, will deliver the B.M. Das Memorial lecture. Late Das, considered the father of Indian leather industry, was the first CLRI director.

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