UNIDO International Business and Investment Forum 2018

Mobilizing investment, technology and partnership opportunities for Africa's pharmaceutical industry

An international business and investment forum on “Mobilizing investment, technology and partnership opportunities for Africa’s pharmaceutical industry” gathered some 70 participants at the UN Campus in Bonn from 1 - 2 March. The Forum offered a platform for African pharmaceutical manufacturers, who have been part of a UNIDO supported mentoring process, to explore partnership opportunities with Germany pharmaceutical companies and potential investors. For the German industry the Forum further offered an introduction to African pharma markets and the business environment supplemented by presentations/discussions around three key topics: market access, access to affordable finance, access to technology. German companies learnt about the growing market opportunities that a growing middle class with increased purchasing power, as well as disease patterns beyond the pandemic diseases that resemble those in more advanced geographies ought to offer for investments in the medium term. “Players from other parts of the world – notably India, more recently from China – are intensifying their engagement in the African pharmaceuticals industry” said Bernardo Calzadilla-Sarmiento, Director for Trade Investment and Innovation at the event encouraging German and other European companies to follow suit.

Almost 200 B2B conversations between pharmaceutical manufacturers from Africa and Germany/ Europe served to explore options for business partnerships in the time ahead. Financing institutions such as DEG Germany, Catalyst Principal Partners, Acumen Fund East Africa, and other major players such as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria were also in attendance as were the Federation of African Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Associations (FAPMA), the Southern African Generics Medicines Association (SAGMA), the Federation of East African Pharmaceutical Manufacturer Associations (FEAPM) and the West African Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (WAPMA). Africa’s pharmaceutical industry was represented by companies from Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Uganda, South Africa. Zambia, Zimbabwe.

The Forum was hosted by the recently established UNIDO Investment and Technology Promotion Office (ITPO) in Bonn, Germany, which sets out to promote investments in developing countries and foster collaboration. It formed part of a UNIDO programme – funded largely by Germany – which for more than a decade has sought to foster local pharmaceutical production (LPP) in developing and least developed countries, notably in sub-Saharan Africa.

UNIDO International Business and Investment Forum 2018

Event Documents

Agenda (312.24 KB) Download
Participants List (49.58 KB) Download

Day 1

Opening session

Bernardo Calzadilla-Sarmiento, UNIDO, Presentation Opening Session (6.39 MB) Download

Africa - the last frontier

Jean Mina, McKinsey& Company, Presentation Africa-the last frontier List (79.24 KB) Download
Emmanuel Mujuru, FAPMA, What are African companies looking for Africa - the last frontier (1.78 MB) Download
Isabel Thywissen, DEG, How do investors perceive pharma in Africa - the last frontier (1.17 MB) Download

Inside the African pharma market

Nazeem Mohamed, FEAPM East African Pharma Market Inside Africa (1.56 MB) Download
Gertrude Mothibe, SAGMA, Southern African Pharma Market Inside Africa (354.35 KB) Download
Assane Coulibaly, UNIDO Expert, West African Pharma Market Inside Africa (611.14 KB) Download
Mariatou Tala Jallow, The Global Fund, Increasing Procurement from African Pharma (1.55 MB) Download
Aida Bayissa, Ethiopian Investment Commission_Presentation Regional Session East Africa (2.25 MB) Download
Assane Coulibaly, UNIDO Expert, French speaking West Africa_Regional Session West Africa (417.08 KB) Download

Company Presentations

Abacus Parenteral Drugs Ltd., Uganda_Company Presentation_01032018_Bonn (2.47 MB) Download
Dannex Ltd., Ghana_Company Presentation_01032018_Bonn (887.09 KB) Download
Dawa Ltd., Kenya_Company Presentation_01032018_Bonn (4.22 MB) Download
Doré Pharmaceuticals (Pty) Ltd., Namibia_Company Presentation_01032018_Bonn (1.83 MB) Download
Entrance Pharmaceuticals and Research Center, Ghana_Company Presentation_01032018_Bonn (559.03 KB) Download
Laboratory & Allied Ltd., Kenya_Company Presentation_01032018_Bonn (3.06 MB) Download
NRB Pharma Zambia Ltd., Zambia_Company Presentation_01032018_Bonn (826.72) Download
Plus Five Pharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd., Zimbabwe_Company Presentation_01032018_Bonn (742.72 KB) Download
Varichem Pharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd., Zimbabwe_Company Presentation_01032018_Bonn (700.32 KB) Download

Promoting Health and Industrial Development - UNIDO support to LPP

Juergen Reinhardt, UNIDO, Promoting Health and Industrial Development UNIDO support to LPP (968.52 KB) Download
Shahid Hasan, UNIDO, Sector Development Strategies (471.08 KB) Download
Rohin Vora, FKPM_Regal Pharma, Kenya, GMP Road Map - a Case Study from Kenya (2.2 MB) Download

Info-Hub Presentations

Acumen_Info-Hub Presentation_01032018_Bonn (3.04 MB) Download
Agency for Business and Economic Development_Info-Hub Presentation_01032018_Bonn (305.87 KB) Download
Catalyst Principal Partners_Info-Hub Presentation_01032018_Bonn (820.91 KB) Download
DNDi_Info-Hub Presentation_01032018_Bonn (3.08 MB) Download
King & Spalding_Info-Hub Presentation_01032018_Bonn (243.29 KB) Download

Day 2

Market Access

Sudip Chaudhuri, IIMC, Market Access (226.72 KB) Download
Tilahun Kassahun, Ethiopian Investment Commission, Ethiopia's National Pharma Strategy (1.8 MB) Download
Nazeem Mohamed, FEAPM, Regionalization in the EAC (456.77 KB) Download

Access to Technology

Kristopher Howard, UNIDO Expert, Access to Technology (527.53 KB) Download
Pierre Linford, Adcock Ingram, Access to Technology (282.45 KB) Download

Access to Finance

Duncan Onyango, Acumen, Access to Finance (3.29 MB) Download
Henry Ocansey, Dannex Ltd, Access to Finance (210.48 KB) Download
Dorien Mulder, Medical Credit Fund_PharmAccess, Access to Finance (1.04 MB) Download

Event Photos