Kenya to host the Africa Pharmaceutical Summit

By Claire Wanja

Kenya will host a two day Africa Pharmaceutical Summit Starting Wednesday this week.  

The Summit will run under the theme ‘Building competitiveness and enhancing markets’ to reflect the centrality of building an efficient ecosystem that is critical for the pharmaceutical industry and market to thrive.

The objective of the Africa Pharmacy Congress and networking event is to support pharmacists in their lifelong learning and continuing professional development.

The summit will be opened tomorrow Wednesday 24th February 2016 by Mr. Julius Korir, Prinicipal Secretary, Ministry of Industrialization alongside Dr. Kipkerich Koskei, Registrar, Pharmacy and Poisons Board, Nazeem Mohamed, Director, Federation of East African Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Palu Dhanani, Chairman, Federation of Kenya Pharmaceutical Manufacturers at 9.00 a.m at Safari Park Hotel.

The Principal Secretary for Health, Dr Nicholas Muraguri, will be the chief guest and keynote opening speaker on Thursday 25 February 2016 at 9.00 a.m.

Over 50 international speakers from science, industry and policy are expected at the summit and 70 exhibitors will showcase an array of innovations from the cutting-edge fields of pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and life sciences.

The exhibition and high-calibre summit program presents an excellent opportunity to showcase products and services, discuss cooperation and business models, and catch up with the latest industry know-how.

Focus topics include growth opportunities and evolving market dynamics; Enhancing East Africa’s Pharma Competency in A Global Marketplace; Technology adoption in, and driving investment into, the pharma sector; and Bringing innovation to patients: reducing access barriers to critical therapy  among others.

A further premiere will be the Tableting and Capsule Technology Conference on 25 February 2016 that will focus on offering the industry an opportunity to learn the latest technologies on tablet presses, encapsulation and granulation.

Elsewhere, Kenya has been named the new host country for the FAO/WHO Codex Coordinating Committee for Africa for the next three years.

Kenya takes over the coordination role for the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) for Africa from Cameroon whose term just ended.

One of the Kenya’s mandate as a FAO/WHO Coordinator is to come up with regional Codex Food Standards for African countries with a goal to facilitate trade in the continent.

CAC is the international Food Standards development body whose mandate is to come up with science-based food standards such as the Code of hygienic practice, guidelines, specifications, safe levels of pesticide residues in foods, veterinary drugs residues in food and contaminants.


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