Al-Ahram’s pharmaceutical manufacturing expo, conference to kick off 16 October

Doaa A.Moneim , Wednesday 9 Jun 2021

The conference is set to be launched under the theme of localising pharmaceutical manufacturing in Egypt, and will be held in collaboration with Egypt’s medics city

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A group photo of Al-Ahram top officials and some of the representatives of over 20 local and foreign companies that operate in the pharmaceuticals industry in the Egyptian market After the conference which was held on Wednesday, june 9, 2021. photo by Hassan Omar

Al-Ahram Establishment has announced that its second edition of its pharmaceutical manufacturing exhibition and conference will kick off on 16 October over two days, following the success of the first edition that was held in 2019.

The announcement came during a press conference held on Wednesday in Al-Ahram Establishment’s headquarter in the presence of Al-Ahram top officials and representatives of over 20 local and foreign companies that operate in the pharmaceuticals industry in the Egyptian market.

The conference is set to be launched under the theme of localising pharmaceutical manufacturing in Egypt and will be held in collaboration with Egypt’s medics city.

Hossam Zayed, the rapporteur of the conference, said that the pharmaceuticals sector is witnessing significant attention from Egypt’s political leadership.

He added that Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi adopted a building policy over all sectors, including the health and pharmaceuticals sectors, which has led to the establishment of the Egyptian medics city.

Chairman of Al-Ahram Establishment Abdel-Mohsen Salama noted that the second edition of the conference was supposed to be held in 2020, but the onset of the pandemic outbreak inhibited taking the action.

He added that the COVID-19 crisis has shown the importance of the health and pharmaceuticals sector as a strategic, pivotal, and imperative industry.

“Egypt has great ambition to improve such a sector in the domestic market as well as advance and enhance the sector’s exports, and the state has included this sector in its strategic plan,” Salama explained.

He stated that Al-Ahram plays its enlightening role as a national institution in this regard through organising a conference that is expected to demonstrate the challenges the sector is facing and propose solutions to tackle them.

Head of the Pharmaceuticals Division at the Federation of Egyptian Chambers of Commerce Ali Auf said that the pharmaceutical industry in Egypt has proven its responsibility amid the ongoing crisis and has risen to the occasion.

He added that Al-Ahram is a big player in raising awareness for such an industry, especially amid the ongoing challenging time, and has the ability to shed light on critical issues, including the pharmaceutical industry and its role in the Egyptian market.

“Our ambition is to localise and export Egyptian pharmaceuticals to external markets. The main objective of the conference is to diagnose the current condition of this important industry and set practical solutions to deal with its challenges, particularly with the severe impacts of the pandemic,” Auf illustrated.

President of Ain Shams University and President of the conference Mahmoud El-Mitini said that the conference is a golden chance to engage foreign pharmaceutical companies to share their insights and solutions.

He added that pharmaceutical manufacturing has been persisting over 80 years in the Egyptian market, including local and holding companies, as well as five foreign ones.

Al-Ahram organised and sponsored the first edition of the conference in 2019, prior to the pandemic outbreak.

The conference called on the Egyptian government to reconsider pharmaceutical pricing and make the system of registration simpler.

They also called on the banking system to play a role in providing funds and facilities for the sector to enable companies to enter more markets around the world.

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During the conference which was held on Wednesday, june 9, 2021. photo by Hassan Omar

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