VIENNA, 17 May 2018 – UNIDO Director General LI Yong and Prof. Stanley Okolo, Director General of the West African Health Organization (WAHO) agreed to collaborate and support the development of the pharmaceutical industry across the ECOWAS region. They signed a joint declaration which takes stock of the ongoing UNIDO-WAHO cooperation to develop a regional Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) Roadmap Framework and national initiatives to upgrade the pharmaceutical industry in the ECOWAS region.
“Inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) will help drive the development of the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry in the ECOWAS region”, said Li. “We need a comprehensive effort to provide public health and economic development benefits so that we can reach the transformation envisaged by the Third Industrial Decade for Africa (IDDA III), which we are mandated to operationalize. The pharmaceutical industry is a priority under IDDA III and we look forward to building on our ongoing collaboration with WAHO to support development of the sector in West Africa”.
“Sustainable access to high quality essential medicines and vaccines is a key to the ECOWAS Regional Pharmaceutical Plan (ERPP) which recognizes the critical importance of developing the industry in the region”, said Okolo. “We look forward to partner with UNIDO and benefit from its technical expertise, its convening role and its partnership-building capabilities to drive the development of the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry in West Africa”.
In their meeting, the importance of joint resource mobilization was emphasized as supporting the development of the pharmaceutical industry will require significant resources and collaboration with numerous partners to achieve the objectives of the ERPP.
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