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Developing Africa’s pharmaceutical sector crucial- ECA

 

 

 

The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) says there is an urgent need to develop the pharmaceutical sector in Africa to reduce the continent’s dependence on imported pharmaceutical and medical products.

Mr Soteri Gatera, the ECA’s Chief of Industrialisation and Infrastructure Section, said this in a statement posted on its website on Wednesday.

Gatera spoke in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at a meeting hosted by the ECA, the African Union Commission (AUC) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

He said Africa bore disproportionate burden of disease with, for example, more than 70 per cent of the world’s HIV/AIDS cases and 90 per cent of deaths due to malaria raising the need to encourage local production of drugs.

“Non-communicable diseases are also becoming increasingly prominent across the continent given the demographic changes that are taking place.”

He said that non-communicable diseases were predicted to overtake infectious diseases as the leading causes of death in Africa by 2030.

According to him, the situation is made worse by the continent’s significant challenges in accessing high-quality pharmaceuticals, exacerbating a continued high burden of disease.

Gatera also said that the availability of essential drugs in the public sector across the continent had  been reported to be less than 60 per cent.

“The major factor being that Africa is hugely dependent on imported pharmaceutical and medical products.

“It is estimated that more than 80 per cent of Anti-Retrovirals (ARVs) used on the continent are imported from outside the continent with 70 per cent of the pharmaceutical and medical products market being served by foreign imports.

“An international standard, commercially viable pharmaceutical industry in Africa can contribute to improved access to effective, safe and affordable essential medicines and economic development”, he said.

Gatera said that from the health perspective, a key potential benefit was to develop a source of quality assured medicines across products including those for the pandemic diseases (HIV, Tuberculosis and malaria) and the broader range of essential medicines.

He said that through proximity of production, resource-constrained regulators could properly oversee the manufacturing of products produced in the region compared to the level of scrutiny possible for distant suppliers.

According to Gatera, the immense need for drugs presents a potential market opportunity for pharmaceutical companies on the continent.

“For example, the current number of persons on ARV treatment on the continent represents a market opportunity of over one billion dollars.

“This market will more than triple over the next decade as more people are placed on ARV treatment and other uses of ARVs are expanded.

“The total pharmaceutical spending for the continent in 2012 was estimated at 18 billion dollars and it is projected to reach 45 billion dollars by 2020.”

Gatera said that in addition to providing a secure source of medicines and a potentially large market, local production of pharmaceuticals also advance industrial development and move the continent towards sustainability of the health sector response.

Other advantages are reduced external dependency, facilitation of stronger regulatory oversight to curtail counterfeit products, job creation and improved trade balance.

He said it also enabled production of drugs for diseases that primarily affected Africa and could serve as a catalyst to developing a broader manufacturing and knowledge-based economy.

He said some measures had been taken by the AUC and its partners to promote the manufacture of medicines in Africa in line with the accelerated industrialisation initiative for the continent’s socio-economic transformation.

The untapped opportunities lend themselves to a wide array of partnerships for the promotion of inclusive and sustainable industrial development.

“The partnerships would create higher-skilled jobs, build equitable societies and safeguard the environment, while sustaining economic growth,” he said.

According to the statement, the workshop seeks to validate an ECA report titled: “Review of Policies and Strategies for the Pharmaceutical Production Sector in Africa: Policy coherence, best practices and future prospective.”

The policies and strategies for the pharmaceutical sector in Africa are reviewed with a view to assess the level of policy coherence, capturing best practices and painting future prospects for the sector.

The report provides an overview of the status of pharmaceutical production in Africa and identifies levels and quality of production on the continent.

Nigeria to work closely with global partners on ERGP execution

 

 

Nigeria will work closely with international development partners to accelerate the pace of socio-economic and sustainable growth, particularly in those areas that will lead to the speedy realisation of the objectives of Nigeria’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP).

Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udo Udoma, made this known in Abuja while meeting  with the Ambassador Designate of Japan, His Excellency, Yukata Kikuta, and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) Managing Director (Programme Development and Technical Cooperation Division), Phillippe Scholtes.

At each of the meetings, the Minister told his guests that Nigeria is disposed to working with local and foreign development partners to achieve the change agenda of the Buhari Administration.

He acknowledged the cordial and beneficial working relationship existing between Nigeria and both Japan and UNIDO over the years, and emphasized that there were opportunities for further enhancing the relationship given the policy initiatives and disposition of the Buhari Administration.

They were briefed by the Minister on Nigeria’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan which the Minister said was developed by the Nigerian Government in response to the economic challenges the Buhari Administration inherited at inception. They were also briefed on the many policy initiatives of the Federal Government.

The Minister explained the concept of the ERGP: “The plan was developed after extensive consultations and has been generally accepted and commended by Nigerians. It has three key objectives: Restoring growth from a negative trend in 2016 to seven per cent by 2020; Investing in our people by increasing social inclusion, creating jobs and improving the human capital base of the economy; and building a globally competitive economy.”

Specifically, he indicated that Nigerians were impressed by the transformation of the Japanese economy over the last 50 years and noted that this was achieved by the strong partnership existing between the Japanese Government and the Japanese private sector. He said the Nigerian Government was also working on strengthening its own partnership with the private sector because of the recognition that increased private sector investment is critical to achieving the development targets set out in the ERGP.

Economy: Nigeria to partner with Japan, UNIDO – Minister

 

 

Nigeria’s Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udoma says Nigeria will work closely with Japan, the UN and other international development partners to boost  economic growth and sustainable development in the country.

Udoma made this known in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media, Mr Akpandem James, on Monday in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The Minister gave the assurance while meeting with the Ambassador designate of Japan, Yukata Kikuta and UN Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), Managing Director (Programme Development and Technical Cooperation Division), Mr Phillippe Scholtes.

He told his guests in different meetings that Nigeria was disposed to working with local and foreign development partners to achieve the change agenda of the Buhari’s administration.

He acknowledged the cordial and beneficial working relationship among Nigeria, Japan and UNIDO over the years.

Udoma emphasised that there were opportunities to further enhance the relationship given the policy initiatives and disposition of the Federal Government.

He also spoke on Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) and the level of implementation of the Plan.

 “The Plan was developed after extensive consultations and has been generally accepted and commended by Nigerians. It has three key objectives of restoring growth from a negative trend in 2016 to seven per cent by 2020.

 “Also, investing in people by increasing social inclusion, creating jobs and improving the human capital base of the economy and building a globally competitive economy,” the Minister said.

Udoma said Nigerians were impressed with the transformation of the Japanese economy over the last 50 years.

According to him, this feat was achieved through a strong partnership between the Japanese government and the private sector.

He said the Nigerian government was also working on strengthening its partnership with the private sector.

“Nigeria is working with private sector because of the recognition that increased private sector investment is critical to achieving the development targets set out in the ERGP,” Udoma said.

In his response, the Ambassador designate of Japan, Yukata Kikuta pledged his readiness to enhance the existing cordial working relationship with the government of Nigeria.

The envoy assured of his country’s willingness to play a helpful role in the growth of Nigeria’s economy.

The Minister while meeting with UNIDO officials observed that UNIDO programmes were in alignment with the objectives of the ERGP.

He said the ERGP was developed to address Nigeria’s socio-economic challenges and laid the foundation for economic diversification, inclusive and sustainable growth.

The UN Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), Managing Director (Programme Development and Technical Cooperation Division), Mr Phillippe Scholtes, reiterated UNIDO’s commitment to support Nigeria by its partnership with the ministry and other relevant government agencies.

The official added that the organisation would collaborate with the Nigerian government to promote the new Country Programme for Sustainable and Industrial Development in Nigeria (2018-2022).

“The validation of UNIDO’s new Country Programme for Sustainable and Industrial Development in Nigeria (2018-2022) was done in consultation with the ministry.

“It was developed in full alignment with relevant national, regional and global strategies, including ERGP, Industrial Development Decade for Africa II and 2030 Agenda,’’ he said.