Meet in Africa, an event composed of a trade fair, buyer/seller and partnership meetings as well as the African Federation of Leather and Allied Industries’ (AFLAI) general assembly, was held in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, on Oct. 6-9. It was the fourth Meet in Africa event. This year’s host country has the biggest cattle population in Africa and ranks tenth internationally. The trade fair had 270 exhibitors from 20 countries, including 90 Ethiopian companies and 124 from other African countries. Shoes accounted for 10 percent of trade at the fair. Meet in Africa (MIA) attracted around 2,200 professional buyers from over 30 countries. Exhibitors were quoted as saying that the quality of the visitors was sensibly better in terms of potential business than the 2002 edition in Tunisia. Tony Blair, the British prime minister who was in Ethiopia for the Commission of Africa Conference, visited the fair on the second day and greeted exhibitors such as Elico from Ethiopia and Pittards from the UK. At AFLAI’s general assembly, Hechemi Cherif resigned as president and was replaced by two vice presidents for a 6-month interim period. MIA’s 5th edition will be held in Cairo in Egypt in 2006. The Paris-based SIC Group will continue to be involved in the organization.