Kagame urges African countries to ratify Medicine Agency

On 26 May 2021 at 06:50

President Paul Kagame has urged African countries to mobilize resources to strengthen delivery on key priority areas particularly increasing domestic health financing and ratifying the African Medicine Agency (AMA).

Kagame made the call on Tuesday 25th May 2021 as he delivered remarks at the virtual 38th Session of the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD) Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee to address Africa’s key development challenges and solutions.

The meeting also reflected on pressing development questions which became more accurate with COVID-19 pandemic.

In line with the institutional reform of the African Union, the NEPAD Planning and Coordination Agency was transformed into the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD) in 2018, with a robust new mandate, governance structure, and rules of procedure.

Kagame said that African countries should make sure the agency strengthens delivery on priority areas.

“We must make sure that this enhanced agency strengthens delivery on our continent’s key priority areas. Resource mobilisation will remain a key factor for achieving our goals. The strength of our health systems and institutions have been tested for over the past year,” he stressed.

During the last African Union Summit in February 2021, Kagame recommended that the AUDA-NEPAD be assigned the responsibility for providing technical support to Member States and regions to increase domestic health financing working together with partners.

As he chaired the AUDA-NEPAD Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee yesterday, Kagame highlighted that the support is a critical role for the Agency, in line with the Africa Leadership Meeting Declaration of February 2019.

“Similarly, we should seize the opportunity to establish the African Medicine Agency (AMA), this year by signing and ratifying this important treaty. A strong regulatory body is absolutely central to Africa’s ambitions to produce safe and effective pharmaceuticals and vaccines for our people,” he said.

“Our continent remains exposed to many socio-economic challenges brought about by the Covid pandemic. Successfully navigating these times, will require innovative solutions, and above all increased regional cooperation. As AUDA-NEPAD, we must be ready to do our part and make a difference,” added Kagame.

NEPAD was created in in July 2001. It was created, few months after the African Union was founded to replace the Organisation of African Unity in May 2001.

NEPAD’s mission was to eradicate poverty and integrate Africa into the global economy, with a focus on good governance. It officially became the African Union Development Agency in 2018.

Algeria, Egypt, Nigeria, Senegal, and South Africa are among countries that spearheaded the establishment of NEPAD. Many others rallied to the NEPAD cause in the following years.

Kagame urged African countries to make sure that AMA strengthens delivery on priority areas.