The President of Uganda, President Yoweri Museveni has confirmed that the nation has the required capacity to host the African Medicine Agency (AMA) following its investments in developing and manufacturing drugs over the years
According to the President, the country already has experience in making HIV/Aids drugs for the last 10 years under Cipla Quality Chemical Industries Limited.
In a meeting with a team from the African Union at State House Entebbe on Thursday, which was on a verification mission of countries bidding to host the AMA headquarters, he said “for us, we are moving on with what we call the pathogenic economy. The issue is whether Africa will move with us. We started a long time ago with Aids drugs. Why should foreigners make money out of our sicknesses and not us?”
Uganda is among the eight countries seeking to host the continental regulatory agency. They are Rwanda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Algeria, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco.
AMA will provide a streamlined regulatory authority to improve quality medicines access and combat substandard imports in the continent.
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