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Africa Pharma Conference 2020

The African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD), the African Union Commission (AUC), and key stakeholders including the Consortium of Partners (in support of the PMPA) are convening the Africa Pharma Conference in Nairobi (2020) to focus on issues and policies that will facilitate sustainable development of regional hubs in best practices. Ideas and initiatives around regional hubs will be explored and this will establish the foundation required for increased access to financial investments, technology and cross-continental capacity development for the pharmaceutical sector and allied ecosystem.

The pharmaceutical industry in Africa is one of the fastest growing in the world. Over the past ten years, the market has exploded to US$ 21 Billion, with projected estimate of US$60 Billion by the end of 2020; hence a focus on building regional hubs that will accelerate the growth of the Africa Pharma industry is imperative.

Aims of the conference

The aim of the conference is to facilitate improved access to affordable essential medicines and catalyse local production in Africa through increased political commitments and workable solutions

The conference will:

  • Examine the evidence as it relates to constraints, opportunities and examples of good practices;
  • Explore and showcase how regional hubs can drive further industrialisation and accelerate the growth of Africa’s supply chains for all essential medicines
  • Consider a broad range of related issues including those of harmonization of regulatory protocols, research and development, production, quality control, distribution, testing and diagnosis and health care capacity development, as well as incentives that can boost local production on the African continent such as the African Medicines Agency, the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and other health systems initiatives;
  • Facilitate and forge business to business partnerships;
  • Articulate a set of recommended actions; The outcomes of the forum will be presented to African Union Organs such as the Assembly of Heads of State and Government for consideration.

Objectives of the Conference

The overall objective of the conference is to facilitate concrete actions that will improve universal access to quality- assured affordable essential medicines and catalyze local production in Africa by harnessing high-level political commitment and workable solutions.

The forum will;

  • Examine the evidence as it relates to constraints and how to overcome them, opportunities and propose a number of concrete steps that can be implemented by governments to develop LPP;

  • Consider a broad range of related issues including those of harmonization of regulatory protocols, research and development, production, quality control, distribution, testing and diagnosis and health care capacity development, as well as incentives that can boost local production on the African continent such as the African Medicines Agency and other health systems initiatives;

  • Examine the way global pharmaceutical companies can partner with African LPP’s to share knowledge, capacity development, technology and financing;

  • Facilitate and forge business to business partnerships;

  • Seek to support African Regional Economic Communities and countries to craft strategies that ensures increased access to Pharmaceuticals and health commodities;

  • Discuss existing best practices employed by successful hubs for increased access to pharmaceuticals and how less successful hubs can leverage;

  • Articulate a set of recommended actions;

    The outcomes of the forum will be presented to the African Union Organs, such as the Assembly of Heads of State and Government for consideration.