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My Government Will Focus on Making Ghana a Pharmaceutical Hub in West Africa, Says Bawumia

Vice President and NPP flagbearer, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia says one of the areas he intends to make priority if he becomes president would be to provide support for the local production of medicines.

At a meeting with members of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana on Thursday he said: “Transforming the industry and making Ghana a pharmaceutical hub in West Africa to start with, will be of enormous benefits to Ghana, and my government, by the grace of God, will focus on that”, while making additional pledges to implement policy frameworks that would make the industry buoyant.

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Currently, about 70% of Ghana’s medicines are imported, leaving little room for local manufacturing. To address this, Dr. Bawumia is promising to establish a pharmaceutical enclave or park to boost the manufacturing of essential medicines locally.

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The meeting with pharmaceutical industry players comes barely a month after he met business industry players, promising them tax breaks among other things.

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