ESRF and SOAS-University introduce a Project on Pharmaceutical Products in Tanzania.

    Date: Friday Mar 29, 2019

    Organiser: ESRF in collaboration with SOAS University of London

    Place: ESRF Conference Hall

    Pharmaceutical industry has been one of the oldest industrial sector in Tanzania dating back to early days of Tanzania’s independence. Despite of its long existence in the country, pharmaceutical has a declining trend as time goes in terms of its growth.

    The decline has been associated with a number of issues which the Economic and Social Research Foundation in partnership with SOAS-University of London today organized inception workshop on ‘‘Improving the Procurement of Pharmaceutical Products and Increasing Domestic Production of Essential Drugs in Tanzania”.

    The workshop aimed at introducing the research project to key stakeholders in the health industry space in an attempt to explore areas and ways to improve the governance of pharmaceutical procurement in Tanzania and strengthening the domestic industry.

    The event was graced by Dr. John Mduma- Commissioner and Director General of Fair Competition Commission on behalf of the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment.

    In his opening speech, Dr. Mduma expressed the commitment of the Government to protect local pharmaceutical manufacturers as long as they ensure quality of their products. He emphasized on the quality of products.

    In her welcoming remarks, Dr. Tausi Kida, the Executive Director ESRF narrated the plan which indicates that the local share of medicines market is declining , share of the local supplies has also been declining from 35% in 2009 to less than 20% in 2015 and exports are flat-lining due to.rising barriers to market entry for local firms; a prohibitive tax structure (on one hand discouraging local production and on the other, encouraging imports); increasing price-based competition from imports; power and infrastructure constraints; skills constraint; delays in registration etc

    She said with this context in mind, the primary objective of the inception workshop today is to develop a cohesive understanding among key stakeholders on the scope of the project on ‘‘Improving the Procurement of Pharmaceutical Products and Increasing Domestic Production of Essential Drugs in Tanzania,’’

    Last updated on 2019-04-01

ESRFs activities are supported by the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) and International Development Research Centre (IDRC)