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Launch of The AfCFTA-anchored Pharmaceutical Initiative’s Centralised Pooled Procurement Mechanism (CPPM)

23 July, 2021

Media Advisory


What: Launch of The AfCFTA-anchored Pharmaceutical Initiative’s Centralised Pooled Procurement Mechanism (CPPM)

Who:               United Nations Economic Commission for Africa               

When:             Thursday, 29th July 2021, 14.00-16.00 East Africa Time.

Where:           Virtual

The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)’s led AfCFTA-anchored Pharmaceutical Initiative will launch the Centralised Pooled Procurement Mechanism (CPPM).  

The objective of the launch is to solicit buy-in from pilot countries on the proposed CPPM and its work program, time frames and expected objectives, as well as the establishment of necessary institutional arrangements (secretariat and national levels) for successful implementation of the mechanism. Furthermore, it will showcase health business opportunities for private sector investment contributing towards creation of jobs, cost savings and productivity gains leveraging on the AfCFTA and the Africa Medicines Agency (AMA) for sustainable and inclusive development in Africa. 

United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ECA Vera Songwe will be joined by a range of stakeholders from other UN entities, AUC, AUDA-NEPAD, IGAD, Pilot Countries Focal persons, State and Non-State Actors, Private Sector and Development Partners to share technical experiences and solutions on CPPM in order to improve access to affordable and safe pharmaceuticals and COVID – 19 pandemic related commodities. 

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Media contacts:

Segolame Evans (Ms.)
Regional Integration Section, RITD, ECA
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Senait Afework (Ms.)
African Trade Policy Centre, ECA