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Export Charter: SAFLIA 'a key supporter'

Published: 19th Aug 2019
Author: Tony Dickson - S&V Editor

The Southern African Footwear & Leather Industries Association (SAFLIA) was also a signatory to the export charter unveiled at the SA Footwear & Leather Export Council (SAFLEC) AGM in July.
       In the report in the last S&V Footwear & Leather Goods Magazine, John Comley was listed as a signatory on behalf of the Footwear & Leather Industries Cluster (FLIC), "where he was in fact authorised by the SAFLIA Exco to sign on SAFLIA's behalf", SAFLIA executive director Jirka Vymetal said. Comley is a SAFLIA Exco member as well as chairman of FLIC. At the ceremony, Ernest Heunis, who is executive manager of FLIC and chairman of the Skins, Hides & Leather Council (SHALC), signed on behalf of FLIC and SHALC.
       Reacting to the report, Vymetal said: "The only point we're making is that SAFLIA has always actively promoted exports and has been a key player in government assistance programmes which have made manufacturers more competitive. It is also the main sponsor of the Arsutoria trend and design courses held annually which are at least as beneficial for export ranges as they are for the domestic market. And when it comes to industry participation in negotiations between governments and trade blocs affecting exports, it is SAFLIA which represents the industry."

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