Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (April 2022): The Minister of Health, Dr. Lia Tadesse, has signed the African Medicines Agency (AMA) Treaty today (April 27) making Ethiopia the 29th member state of the African Union to sign the treaty.

Ethiopia’s Minister of Health, Dr. Lia Tadesse, stated on Twitter that the AMA will support national and regional efforts to build stable, dependable, and efficient regulatory systems for medicinal products that benefit the continent’s public health.

According to Ethiopia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the African Union’s Deputy Chairperson, Dr. Monique Nsanzabaganwa, thanked the Minister’s leadership on their resolve to sign the treaty. She also emphasized the platform’s relevance in establishing a robust regulatory framework and fostering a thriving indigenous medical business on the continent.

The AMA Treaty was adopted by Heads of States and Government during their 32nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly on 11 February 2019 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The African Medicines Agency aspires to enhance the capacity of State Parties and AU recognized Regional Economic Communities (RECs) to regulate medical products in order to improve access to quality, safe and efficacious medical products on the continent.


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