The Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Group of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (PMG-MAN) has concluded arrangements to hold the Nigeria Pharmaceutical Manufacturers’ Expo (NPME 2017) in Lagos, from August 30 to September 1.
PMG-MAN is the umbrella body of local manufacturers of medicines and healthcare products in Nigeria. NPME is the biggest international pharma manufacturing exhibition in West and Central Africa.
According to its organisers, NPME is the definitive pharma event, and this year, delegates are expected from countries across the continent including Ghana, Mali, Chad,Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Central African Republic, Senegal and Morocco. Others are The Gambia, Ivory Coast, Niger, Burkina Faso, Algeria, Benin, and South Africa.
A statement by PMG-MAN’s Executive Secretary, Dr. Obi Peter Adigwe, said the Expo was billed to attract close to 200 exhibiting companies and nearly 10,000 pharma and related sectors’ trade professionals from across the region.
According to him, this year’s edition with the theme: Increasing Access to Healthcare in Nigeria: Strategic partnerships to achieve Medicines’ security and national self- sufficiency, is expected to surpass all stakeholders’ expectations.
Adigwe said this was due to PMG-MAN’s robust and comprehensive advocacy, which has resulted in significant advances in the pharma manufacturing policy landscape in Nigeria as well as on the continent.
Recently, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo issued an Executive Order on support for local content in public procurement, directing the mandatory patronage of locally manufactured medicines by all Ministries,Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
Operators say that this policy is expected to accelerate growth and development of the local pharmaceutical manufacturing sector, which will in turn assure national medicines’ security as well as boost self sufficiency in the production of medicines.
Other positive outcomes associated with these policies include the stimulation of considerable employment in the sector and their capacity to also lead to increased inflow of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) as well as facilitate the export of Nigerian medicines to neighbouring countries.
To build on this, the President, West African Pharmaceutical ManufacturersAssociation (WAPMA)/PMG-MAN Chairman, Dr. S. Okey Akpa, during his presentation to the ECOWAS Health Ministers’ Assembly, urged member nations, as well as development partners to support the on-going collaborative efforts to exponentially increase manufacturers’ capacity on the continent.
This, he argued, was the most sustainable manner to guarantee access to high quality, affordable medicines within the region.
Another recent development that demonstrates the significant improvement in local pharma manufacturing is the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) signed by the Federal Government with a local firm to produce vaccines in Nigeria.
While signing the agreement on behalf of the government, Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, stated that the need to ensure medicines’ security for the nation was a key factor that underpinned the partnership.
Adigwe, however, said that these policy reforms represent only a fraction of the strategic engagement roadmap developed and initiated by the group to foster a favourable policy environment for local manufacturers.
He added that this year’s theme was carefully chosen to ensure the timely involvement of all relevant stakeholders in an industry he described as “The jewel of the nation in terms of criticality and potential profitability.”
Adigwe further indicated that favourable government policies together with the right local and international partners were key factors that could bring Nigeria’s pharma manufacturing industry within a stone’s throw of the Indian model where pharma manufacturing has become a major contributor to India’s $10 trillion economy.
NPME traditionally showcases a wide range of equipments and input, which cover the entire industry, including allied industries such as food, nutrition, cosmetics and others. Investors, pharma processing machineries and service providers from a number of countries have already indicated their participation in this year’s NPME.
Additionally, pharma, healthcare, veterinary, food and beverage, and cosmetic finished products manufactured by local manufacturing companies in Nigeria will be on exhibition at the Expo.
The Nation News