In early 1984-1990s, Goverment of the United Republic of Tanzania(URT) with assistance from United Nations Industry Development Organization(UNIDO)established the Tanzania Institute of Leather Technology(TILT) in Mwanzaas a training centre of Leather Technology,Footwear and Leather Goods.
The Institute aimed at supporting Tanzania's leather industry through training of stakeholder in fields of hides and skins presevartion, collection process and manufature of Footwear and Leather Goods.
Every since its completion and installation of machennery and equipments, the institute has never offered any trainning or any other related activivties due to various reasons including, the state of collapse of the leather indusrty by then
In respond to that, in 1994 the Ministry of Indusrty, Trade and Market through the President Parastatal Sector Reform Commission(PPSRC) handed over this public institute to care-taker, private sector.
Since then, the care-taker if this institute had been utilizing the Institute infrastructure, equiepments and other faciclitiesfor tanning raw skins and hides, and production of leather products.
of recent, in an effort to strengthen the country's economy, the Government cited leather industryas one of the potential revenue and job creation sector which can contribute significantly towards the economic development of Tanzania
In order to address this issue, the government decide to reinstate the original intend purpose of establishing the former TILT which was to offer training on leather technology and leather products as well serve Tanzania leather manufacturing industries, including small scale leather enterprises.
In May 2010, the Presiddnt of the United Republic of Tanzania, his Excellency, Dr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, handed over the TILT to Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology, through the Ministry of Communications, Science and Technology(MCST)with plan for DIT to accomplish and Further develop the purpose established TILT and according to the stipulated KILIMO KWANZA policies.