About Us

Ethiopian Leather Industries Association : ELIA

A sectoral/trade association of more than 194 leather manufacturing industries in Ethiopian.

ELIA is working to enhance (building up) the capacity of the leather industries with the highest manufacturing capacity and the entire business climate. So that; the leather industries will produces a diversified, global competitive, environmentally friendly product and significantly contributing for improving the living standard of the people.

ELIA was first established in 1994 as the Ethiopian Tanners Association. In 2004 the name was changed to the Ethiopian Tanners, Footwear and Leather Products Manufacturing Association to allow footwear and leather garments and goods full participation in the Association. As of January 2007, the name was changed again to Ethiopian Leather Industry Association (ELIA). ELIA incorporates Footwear, Leather Garments & Goods and Tanners working in the country affiliate companies.

ELIA is promoting the export of leather, shoe and leather goods and garments; and protecting the rights of members and assisting them to improve their business.

Our Vission

To be the lead facilitator of the Ethiopian Renaissance in Leather Industry

Our Mission

Contribute to the development of an enabling business environment and service provision such as advocacy, trade and technology transfer facilitation to its members for the sustainable development of the Ethiopian leather sector.

What We Do

Promoting export of leather, shoes and leather goods and garment, protecting the rights of members, and assisting businesses to improve.


As of August 2023 ELIA has a total of 194 leather companies as member. The 194 companies are comprised of 28 Tanneries, 37 Footwear manufacturers, and 129 Leather product manufacturers.

ELIA also has associate members. These associate members are comprised of companies who are working with the association and leather industries through input, chemical and machinery supplies and professional association established by leather and fashion industry experts.

Main Milestones

Founded in1994

Leather Manufacturing Industries194

Board of Directors7

Contact Address