Pharmaceutical Products in Africa: How Does the Export Ecosystem Work?

Pharmaceutical products by both African and international companies are currently being manufactured in countries such as South Africa, Kenya, Morocco, and Egypt. As a whole Africa currently is looking to expand its pharmaceutical export ecosystem.  

As far back as 2007, leaders in Africa sought to address Africa’s overreliance on imports of pharmaceutical products. As of 2019, the continent possessed roughly 375 pharmaceutical manufacturers, as compared to about 5,000 and 10,500, respectively, in China and India.  

This led to the development of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Plan for Africa (PMPA) which provides a roadmap to help Africa develop its own country’s pharmaceutical manufacturing and become a leading exporter of Pharma products in Africaand pharma services that will rival China and India’s production.  

The strategy is to procure leading foreign pharmaceutical manufacturers to build plants in Africa or partner with African pharmaceutical companies to manufacture products with the promise of positive trade policies throughThe African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). 

As a result, foreign direct investments in pharmaceutical manufacturing should increase significantly – leading to job creation, training and skills development, and the implementation of modern technology equipment and systems and thus creating a thriving pharmaceutical export ecosystem 

Many leading vaccine manufacturers, such as Moderna and BioNTech, have signed deals and are in the planning stages to build facilities in Africa. 

The goal of AfCFTA is to integrate 1.3 billion people and potentially 2.2 billion people by 2050 into Africa’s pharmaceutical industry. Pharmaceutical exports from Africa are expected to enjoy significant growth over the next decade. 

 Trends in Pharmaceutical Exports in Africa 

When it comes to exports, Africa’s pharmaceuticals tend to stay within the region. More than half of exported pharmaceutical goods are destined for East and southern Africa. A small share of African pharmaceuticals is exported outside the region, mostly to the European Union, Yemen, and the United States. 

The goal of PMPA is to increase Pharma Exportson a global scale and become a leading supplier in the global Pharmaceutical Export market within this decade.  

  With the development of new policies, strategies, and organizations the Pharma Export ecosystem is expanding and modernizing each year. So International countries should start to look to Africa as a leading supplier of pharmaceuticals. The new policies and trade agreements that are now in place are meant to encourage growth within the industry and streamline doing export business with Africa easier.  

As one of the leading pharmaceutical exporters to Africa and the Middle East, ANP Pharma maintains high levels of standards and a team comprising of the most experienced certified pharmacists. Contact ANP Pharma to export pharmaceutical products to Africa and the Middle East today!