Pharma West Africa pledges to nurture pharmacists, others with learning opportunities

Pharma West Africa pledges to nurture pharmacists, others with learning opportunities

An international trade exhibition dedicated to medicines, Pharma West Africa, has planned to host over 120 exhibitors and more than 2,500 pharmaceutical professionals from around the world, with the aim of nurturing them with accredited learning opportunities at its forthcoming conference.

Chief Executive, Jamie Hill, who spoke on the programme, said exhibitors would showcase aspects ranging from finished formulations for supply against prescription or for retailing in pharmacies and other outlets through to Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs), as well as machinery, equipment, technology and packaging.

“Major pharmacy and pharmaceutical organisations and trade bodies are partnering with Pharma West Africa to ensure the event appeals to anyone involved in the medicines supply chain,” he said.

The exhibition/conference, which is to take place from March 20-22, 2024, at Landmark Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, will be chaired by former Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria Chairman and CEO/Founder of Pharmaplus Nigeria Ltd, Ahmed Yakasai, with the third day being hosted by Pharmaceutical Wholesalers Association of Nigeria (PWDAN).

“Being accredited for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) means pharmacists and others attending the conference can collect CPD points.

“The idea is to bring together representatives from the entire pharmaceutical industry from across the globe to Nigeria under one roof for three days. Unlike a few other exhibitions taking place shortly afterwards, ours is 100 per cent focused on pharmaceuticals. We are not sharing our platform with other industries, such as laboratories or medical devices.

“We are proud to be hosting over 120 exhibitors at the exhibition this year and even prouder to say that a huge percentage of our exhibitors – between 25 per cent and 35 per cent, will be Nigerian companies. This is in line with our focus as a business across our entire portfolio to support the major Nigerian brand and Nigerian businesses as much as possible,” Hills said.

He added: “We really have a global spread of exhibitors who represent thousands of different pharmaceutical brands. I think it’s important to be able to bring the number of international companies that we have to the shores of Nigeria for this exhibition to support local businesses in many ways, such as for distributors or retailers being able to find more cost-effective products.”

“International manufacturers exhibiting here have also told us that they want to explore contract manufacturing with local manufacturers to boost the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Nigeria.”

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