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ECA to conduct an Expert Group Meeting on AfCFTA-Anchored Pharmaceutical Initiative's Centralized Pooled Procurement Mechanism and its legal instrument
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 02 December 2023 / PRN Africa / -- The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) will, on December 5 to 7, 2023, convene a three-day Expert Group Meeting (EGM) of the AfCFTA-Anchored Pharmaceutical Initiative’s (Pharma Initiative) pooled procurement pillar of essential SRMNCH health products, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The meeting will focus on the technical review of Centralized Pooled Procurement Mechanism (CPPM) and its accompanying Legal Instrument.
This high-level meeting, comprising of senior governmental officials and technical experts from 10 pilot Member States (Ethiopia, Kenya, Djibouti, Eritrea, Mauritius, Madagascar, Comoros, Rwanda, Seychelles and Sudan), along with technical experts from ECA, and development partners aims to achieve consensus on the pooled procurement framework and its legal instrument. The deliberations and decisions from the EGM will guide the roadmap for establishment of the mechanism and its legal instrument for endorsement and signature at the proposed Ministerial Meeting scheduled for the first quarter of 2024.
Upon the signing of the legal instrument, the CPPM will be put to the test by procuring 1-4 medicines as proof of concept. This initiative holds immense potential to revolutionize pharmaceutical procurement practices across Africa, ensuring access to affordable, quality medicines for all by fostering Health commodity security.
The Pharma Initiative’s CPPM is anticipated to consolidate procurement of pilot SRMNCH products in ten countries namely: Ethiopia, Kenya, Djibouti, Eritrea, Mauritius, Madagascar, Comoros, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sudan.
SOURCE United Nations Economic Commission for Africa