Under the patronage of Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli, the Al-Ahram Establishment will launch the second edition of its annual pharmaceutical conference on Saturday. The conference, which will take place on October 16-17, will discuss the location of the pharmaceutical industry in Egypt and providing practical solutions to its problems.
Abdel-Mohsen Salama, chairman of the board of directors of Al-Ahram, said the establishment is keen to hold its annual pharmaceutical conference, welcoming the efforts made in the preparatory work for the pre-conference, including the scale of the in-depth discussions during its sessions, and effective participation in terms of the number and quality of participants.
The conference represents a pioneering experience in monitoring the implementation of the recommendations of the first edition, which were carried out in cooperation with the different sectors of the Ministry of Health and all the partners organizing the event, added Salama.
The conference will be held under the chairmanship of Mahmoud Al-Metini, president of Ain Shams University, and the honorary chairmanship of Ashraf Hatem, chairman of the parliamentary committee on health.
The opening session of the conference is scheduled in the presence of Abdel-Sadek Al-Shorbagi, President of the National Press Authority; Salama; and Alaa Thabet, the editor of Al-Ahram.
Mohamed Awad Tageddin, advisor to President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi for health and prevention affairs, will also attend the event.
Al-Ahram, during its 145-year history, has been keen to support the state’s efforts to improve services provided to Egyptian citizens, especially in the areas of health and medicine, according to Salama.
“There have been excellent and significant achievements in the field of health care and medicine in Egypt, as recognized by various international organizations,” said Salama.
Thabet said that Al-Ahram has made all the necessary preparations, including organizing the preparatory sessions and meetings for the conference in cooperation with partners, to ensure that the event will serve as a permanent platform for shed light on all aspects of the Egyptian pharmaceutical sector. in terms of safety and in compliance with the highest standards, as well as the opening of new markets.
“The event will also highlight that Egypt provides the right climate to attract more global partnerships and Arab and foreign investment, to meet the needs of the Egyptian market and help increase exports,” he said. added Thabet.
The Egyptian market of more than 100 million inhabitants is promising. There are 165 active pharmaceutical factories in Egypt, in addition to 40-50 new licensed factories. However, despite the numbers, drug exports amount to $ 300 million, which is considered a small amount compared to other countries.
Al-Metini stressed that the success of the conference in its first edition “testifies to the serious discussions that characterized its sessions and the important recommendations made by the conference.
“The second edition will highlight ways to address the challenges and risks facing the pharmaceutical industry and discuss ways to improve it. It will also discuss ways to develop scientific research and ensure the success of the process of technology transfer and industry localization, ”he said.
A large exhibition will be held on the sidelines of the event, said Hossam Zayed, the general coordinator of the conference. The exhibition will be held in cooperation with large pharmaceutical companies: General Medicines Division of Federation of Chambers of Commerce, Cosmetics and Nutritional Supplements Division of General Federation of Chambers of Commerce, Chamber of Pharmaceutical Industry , the Egyptian Medicines Research and Manufacturing Company, and the Medical Supplies Export Board.
Zayed noted that “several preparatory sessions have been organized for the conference to meet the aspirations and expectations of citizens, doctors, pharmacists and drug officials.”
He explained that the conference will include discussions on the strategic partnership with international companies and the role of the Egyptian pharmaceutical city, the challenges and opportunities in light of the lessons learned from the coronavirus pandemic and the problems faced by research and development in the sector. and the exit.
Conference attendees will also highlight health insurance and universal healthcare as well as the future of pharmaceutical exports and the digitization of the healthcare sector to support Egypt as a regional hub for the industry. pharmaceutical.
Speakers at the conference will include Tamer Essam, chairman of the Egyptian Medicines Authority, Major General Bahaa Zeidan, chairman of the Egyptian Unified Procurement Authority, Ashraf Ismail, chairman of the General Authority for Accreditation and health control, and Hossam Sadek, the executive director of Universal Health Insurance.
The event will also see the participation of Amr Mamdouh, president of the Egyptian city of medicine, representatives of various relevant institutions in Egypt and local pharmaceutical companies, chairmen of the boards of directors of foreign pharmaceutical companies operating in Egypt, and representatives of the House. of Pharmaceutical Industry and Commerce.
“The conference will conclude its work by presenting a work plan to locate the pharmaceutical industry and find all the solutions required for many of the problems hampering this effort,” he added.
The first edition of the pharmaceutical conference formed a committee to monitor the implementation of its work program, vision and recommendations in cooperation with the Ministry of Health.
In addition, the Standing Committee of Conference Participants submitted the recommendations of the first edition to the authorities concerned who have been tasked with monitoring their implementation in the framework of continuous dialogue and interaction between all parties concerned. .
The Standing Committee plans to work on implementing the recommendations of the second edition in a similar fashion.
* A print version of this article appears in the October 14, 2021 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly