ALGIERS- Sub-Saharan countries draw on Algeria's experience in the fields of health, pharmaceutical industry and laws governing the sector, said Wednesday in Algiers the head of the African Pharmacists Inter Association (IOPA), Kpeto Kounde Innoncent.
"The 18th session of International Pharmaceutical Forum, to be held in Algiers from 14 to 16 May, will give a boost to cooperation between African countries in these fields," he added during a press conference held jointly with the secretary general of the International Pharmaceutical Forum, Dr. Christophe Ampoam and the head of Algeria's National Pharmacists Association, Lotfi Benbahmed.
"Most African countries import European and Asian pharmaceutical products, while Algeria has developed quality pharmaceutical products," he said.
In this regard, he called for the strengthening of cooperation in the field between countries of northern and southern Africa.
He also underlined the efforts of governments and professionals in the field with a view to "ensuring availability of drugs for all African citizens at reasonable prices."
For his part, Christophe Ampoam hailed the "positive outcomes" of the previous sessions of the Forum regarding the African continent, since the first session held in Benin in 2000.
He added that such "meetings are appropriate platforms for the exchange of experience and broadening cooperation areas between the different African countries."
Lotfi Benbahmed said that such scientific meetings contribute to "the development of the sectors of health and pharmaceutical industry as well as the fight against diseases prevalent in Africa, in addition to the willingness to unify legislations within the African Union."