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The Africa Pharma Conference
4th & 5th June, 2019

2 Day Interactive Programme

Keynote Speakers

Inspiring and thought provoking speakers during the keynote address that will touch on key items in the critical debate on how to finance policies that aid local manufacturing of pharmaceuticals in Africa and how leaders on the continent seek to facilitate an acceleration of industrial development.

Plenary Sessions

Participate in one of our plenary sessions. Listen, learn and engage with technical experts from around the world and different African backgrounds as they share their insights and views towards how to catalyse local production of essential drugs in Africa.

Technical Panelists

Interact with policy makers, sponsors and partners and discuss how to optimize the opportunities for pharmaceutical companies (and allied firms) to increase their presence and partner with African manufacturing companies to gain access into the market and expand their market share.

Expert Exchange

Follow up with the Technical Panelists; ask them questions that did not reach the plenary session and dive deeper into the key concepts on how to harmonize local and regional regulations, integrate markets, incentivise business environment to facilitate the operation of potential investors.

Press Release

The African Union Commission (AUC) plans to organize an Africa Industrialization Week (AIW) to be held from the 19th to the 23rd November 2018 at the AUC Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The commemoration to be organized by the Department of Trade and Industry of the African Union Commission in partnership with the NEPAD Agency, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and other key Development Partners. The Theme for the AIW2018 is: “Promoting Regional Value Chains in Africa: A pathway for accelerating Africa’s structural transformation, industrialization and pharmaceutical production”.

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Conference Summary

conference objectives

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


Conference Deliverables

Unified African leadership, working with pharmaceutical companies, business leaders and other stakeholders towards establishing a viable African pharmaceutical industry.2. Enhanced understanding of short- and longer-term opportunities for cost reductions.


Expected delegates

Heads of State, Senior Government Officials such as Line Ministers, Regional Economic Communities (RECs) i.e ECOWAS, Private Sector – Pharmaceutical trade association (e.g. FAPMA, IFPMA), Medical Device & Diagnostics manufacturers; Investment & Finance Institutions; etc


Delegates will be registered through the website for US $500 per delegate. Members of the Federation of African Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Associations (FAPMA) and its affiliates will be eligible to a 35% rebate, which will be coordinated by FAPMA secretariat. National delegates/Official delegations from AU Member States, including those from Regional Economic Communities will be registered free and these will be coordinated through the AUC and NEPAD.

About the Organisers

About NEPAD Agency

NEPAD Agency is the technical body of the African Union. The core mandate of the NEPAD Agency is to facilitate and coordinate the implementation of regional and continental priority programmes and projects and to push for partnerships, resource mobilisation, research and knowledge management. Through NEPAD African countries are provided unique opportunities to take full control of their development agenda, to work more closely together, and to cooperate more effectively with international partners. Learn more at www.nepad.org.


The African Union Commission

The vision of the African Union is that of: “An integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamicforce in global arena.” The Commission is the key organ playing a central role in the day-to-day management of the African Union. Among others, it represents the Union and defends its interests; elaborates draft common positions of the Union; prepares strategic plans and studies for the consideration of the Executive Council; elaborates, promotes, coordinates and harmonizes the programmes and policies of the Union with those of the RECs; ensures the mainstreaming of gender in all programmes and activities of the Union.


About DFS Africa

DFS Africa is a platform dedicated to growing foreign and local investments in Africa’s industry and markets. We help organizations and public authorities structure bankable projects and businesses that are able to attract the necessary growth capital or finance for greenfield projects. Our platform is unique in the sense that it creates an avenue for Public Authorities, Policy makers, Project Sponsors, Investors, Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) and private Financial Institutions to discuss best practices and the most efficient ways to scale businesses, structure projects and finance capital projects across Africa. Our events offer the opportunity for investors and investees to 'cut through the clutter' in finding relevant and strategic partners to work with.


Key Speakers

President Paul Kagame

President of Rwanda

H.E. Moussa Faki

Chairperson (African Union Commission)

H.E. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki


Li Yong

Director General UNIDO

Michel Sidibé

Executive Director UNAIDS

Vera Songwa

Executive Secretary , UNECA

Bience Gawanas

Special Adviser on Africa, Under-Secretary General, United Nations

Dr. Akinwumi Adesina

President African Development Bank (AfDB)

Emmanuel Mujuru

Chairman Board of

Dr. Tedros Adhanom

Director-General World Health Organization

H.E Amira Mohamed El Fadil

AUC Commissioner for Social Affairs

Ambassador Albert M. Muchanga

AUC Commissioner for Trade and Industry