The Africa Industrialization Day (AID), celebrated on 20 November, represents a unique platform to enhance international cooperation and dialogue on the pan-African industrialization agenda, and to raise awareness of the opportunities and challenges associated with this innovation drive.
In this context, the promotion of value chains constitutes a major catalyst towards boosting industrial development that will lead to social and economic prosperity.
This year, under the theme “Promoting Regional Value Chains in Africa: A pathway for accelerating Africa’s structural transformation, industrialization and pharmaceutical production”, AID 2018 offers an important opportunity to identify innovative, solution-driven actions and policies to advance pharmaceutical production on the continent, in the context of the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) and the Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa (IDDA III).
IDDA III as well as the Accelerated Industrial Development of Africa (AIDA) have recognized the pharmaceutical industry as a priority given that its sustainable development can contribute strongly to promoting the continent’s progress. Production of medicines in closer proximity to where they are needed can contribute to improved health outcomes and has the potential for job creation in a knowledge-intensive industry. In order for the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry to reach its full potential in empowering African economies, there is a need to highlight the importance of the sector and the requirement for greater support to be provided for its long term development. AID 2018 panel discussions will consider possible responses to the challenges at the national and regional levels while focusing on the key role of the private sector to improve access to high quality, affordable essential medicines for all.
The AID 2018 event, celebrated at UNIDO’s headquarters in Vienna, is organized by UNIDO with the support of the United Nations Office of the Secretary-General, the UN Economic Commission on Africa (UNECA), and the African Union Commission (AUC).