DHL Regional Conference highlights sector growth opportunities in Africa’s Life Sciences & Healthcare sector - African Business Magazine
Close
DHL Regional Conference highlights sector growth opportunities in Africa’s Life Sciences & Healthcare sector

DHL Regional Conference highlights sector growth opportunities in Africa’s Life Sciences & Healthcare sector

  • ‘Delivering Healthcare to Africa’ DHL’s Annual Regional Life Sciences & Healthcare Conference focused on life sciences & healthcare supply chains to support African growth in the sector
  • Africa highlighted as market with a positive growth trend in healthcare

Over 125 healthcare professionals and logistics experts came together last week to discuss ‘Delivering Healthcare to Africa’ at DHL’s (www.DPDHL.com) 6th annual Regional Life Sciences & Healthcare conference in Pretoria, South Africa.

According to Deloitte, the Sub-Saharan region as a whole is on a positive growth trend although growth rates vary considerably from as low as 1.52% in South Africa to as high as 9.94% in Ethiopia. Growth in healthcare spend across Africa is forecasted at around 3 percent until 2020, with the top 15 countries with the exception of Gabon currently spending over US$ 1 billion per annum on health.

Africa has positive growth potential in the healthcare sector, but continuous investment in capabilities, quality and innovation are needed to operate successfully across the continent, noted Thomas Ellmann, Vice President EMEA, DHL Life Sciences & Healthcare in his opening speech. 

Africa is considered the final frontier in delivery of healthcare services and there are a number of service delivery challenges to be overcome. According to Ellmann, companies in the sector have quality and process standards high on their list of requirements, in addition to visibility and control throughout the supply chain, from the point of manufacture to the end customer. Temperature control, Good Distribution Practice, trade compliance and regulations, and innovation are all key to success when it comes to the supply chain. “We wanted to address the requirements of the life sciences and health care industry at the conference with leading companies and experts in the sector, and discuss how the industry can adopt the best supply chain strategies to capitalize on Africa’s growth potential,” says Ellmann.

Hennie Heymans, CEO of DHL Express Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) adds, “We have been in Africa for 38 years and have established ourselves as the market leaders. Africa is home to one of the fastest growing middle classes and access to healthcare products and services is critical. DHL Express is perfectly positioned to support healthcare supply chains in Africa – a market where we continue to see enormous potential and opportunity. Over the past two years we have equipped 16 countries in SSA to handle dangerous goods, enabling the movement of temperature-controlled consignments throughout our network. An additional seven countries are planned for DG-certification in 2017. We have also set up Express Logistics Centers and capabilities in 21 countries across SSA providing the ideal locations for short-term stock holding and the distribution of medical device and diagnostics equipment, electronics and spare parts, with further investment envisioned in this area.”

As the leading logistics provider for the life sciences and healthcare industry, DHL serves customers globally and provides industry-leading capabilities, including time-definite international (TDI) express network covering 220 countries and territories, life sciences-qualified DHL Medical Express services in over 70 countries that enable global access to healthcare through continuous investments in skills, scale and solutions that adapt to ever-changing needs.

Distributed by APO on behalf of Deutsche Post DHL.

Media Contact: 
Megan Collinicos
Head of Marketing, Sub-Saharan Africa
DHL Express
Tel +27 21 409 3613 
Mobile +27 76 411 8570
Megan.Collinicos@DHL.com

About DHL’s Regional Life Sciences & Healthcare conference:
DHL’s Regional Life Sciences & Healthcare Conference included presentations and discussions around key industry trends in the sector. Now in its 6th year, the event focused on enabling networking with peers and industry experts to help gain deeper insight into future developments in the life sciences and healthcare sector in Africa, exchange ideas and view new logistic solutions.

About DHL:
DHL – The logistics company for the world
DHL (www.dpDHL.com) is the leading global brand in the logistics industry. Our DHL family of divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from national and international parcel delivery, e-commerce shipping and fulfillment solutions, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management. With about 340,000 employees in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide, DHL connects people and businesses securely and reliably, enabling global trade flows. With specialized solutions for growth markets and industries including technology, life sciences and healthcare, energy, automotive and retail, a proven commitment to corporate responsibility and an unrivalled presence in developing markets, DHL is decisively positioned as “The logistics company for the world”.
DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group. The Group generated revenues of more than 59 billion euros in 2015.

For more information: www.dpDHL.com 
Stock images available: www.dpDHL.com/en/media_relations/media_library.html 

Rate this article

Author Thumbnail
Written by African Business Magazine

African Business and its award-winning team is widely respected for its editorial excellence. We provide the all important tools enabling you to maintain a critical edge in a continent that is changing the world. Our special reports profile a wide range of sectors and industries including Energy, Oil and Gas, Aviation, Agriculture to name but a few.

Related Posts

  • Gabon, Kyrgyz Republic ratify Trade Facilitation Agreement; 8 more needed for entry into force

    Gabon’s WTO ambassador Marianne Odette Bibalou Bounda submitted her country’s instrument of acceptance to WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo on 5 December. On 6 December the Kyrgyz Republic’s WTO ambassador Daniiar Mukashev submitted his country’s instrument of acceptance to DG Azevêdo. 

    Earlier, on 17 December 2014, Gabon submitted its Category A notification to the WTO outlining which substantive provisions of the TFA it intends to implement upon entry into force of the Agreement. The Kyrgyz Republic submitted its Category A notification to the WTO on 31 July 2014.

    The TFA will enter into force once two-thirds of the WTO membership has formally accepted the Agreement.

    In addition to Gabon and the Kyrgyz Republic, the following WTO members have also accepted the TFA: Hong Kong China, Singapore, the United States, Mauritius, Malaysia, Japan, Australia, Botswana, Trinidad and Tobago, the Republic of Korea, Nicaragua, Niger, Belize, Switzerland, Chinese Taipei, China, Liechtenstein, Lao PDR, New Zealand, Togo, Thailand, the European Union (on behalf of its 28 member states), the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Pakistan, Panama, Guyana, Côte d’Ivoire, Grenada, Saint Lucia, Kenya, Myanmar, Norway, Viet Nam, Brunei, Ukraine, Zambia, Lesotho, Georgia, Seychelles, Jamaica, Mali, Cambodia, Paraguay, Turkey, Brazil, Macao China, the United Arab Emirates, Samoa, India, the Russian Federation, Montenegro, Albania, Kazakhstan, Sri Lanka, St. Kitts and Nevis, Madagascar, the Republic of Moldova, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Peru, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Iceland, Chile, Swaziland, Dominica and Mongolia.

    The TFA broke new ground for developing countries and LDCs in the way it will be implemented. For the first time in WTO history, the requirement to implement the Agreement was directly linked to the capacity of the country to do so. In addition, the Agreement states that assistance and support should be provided to help them achieve that capacity.

    A Trade Facilitation Agreement Facility (TFAF) was also created at the request of developing and least-developed country members to help ensure that they receive the assistance needed to reap the full benefits of the TFA and to support the ultimate goal of full implementation of the new agreement by all members. Further information on TFAF is available at www.TFAFacility.org.

    Implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement has the potential to increase global merchandise exports by up to $1 trillion per annum, according to the WTO’s flagship World Trade Report released on 26 October 2015.  Significantly, the Report also found that developing countries will benefit significantly from the TFA, capturing more than half of the available gains.

    The World Trade Report 2015 is available here. More information on the WTO and trade facilitation is available at www.wto.org/tradefacilitation.

    Distributed by APO on behalf of World Trade Organization (WTO).

    Media files
    World Trade Organization (WTO)
    Download logo

  • The dti Remains Committed to Contribute towards Youth Development in Line with the NDP

    The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) has dismissed as outrageous insinuation by  the Democratic Alliance (DA)  Member of Parliament (MP) David Maynier, that it funded the Progressive Youth in Business to the tune of R200 000. With facts that were provided by the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies in response to a parliamentary question that was raised by DA MP Geordin Hill-Lewis, it is evident and disappointing that the DA choose to mislead the public with regard to the beneficiary and the amount that was dispersed by the dti towards youth economic development efforts.

    The department funded the Regoapele Capital Wealth to Engineering and not the Progressive Youth in Business as alleged by the DA. Such political opportunism do not serve the public interest and undermines youth empowerment economic efforts. The department wishes to reiterate as per the response provided by the Minister that it funded the Regoapele Capital Wealth Engineering to the tune of R100 000 and not R200 000 as alleged by the DA MP David Maynier.

    The amount paid was for a Mobile based Application initiative that will serve as a platform to connect youth led initiatives with government departments,  DFIs, JSE listed companies amongst others in providing access to information, technical and expert advice as well as improved access to incentives.

    The remaining R100 000 will be used for other youth development strategic projects in line with the mandate of the department. The department remains committed to contribute towards youth development and empowerment in line with the National Development Programme. 

    Distributed by APO on behalf of The Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa.

    Media files
    The Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa
    Download logo

  • National Consultative Workshop on Disaster Risk Management Policy in South Sudan

    UNDP and the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management are organizing a national validation workshop for the National Disaster Risk Reduction Policy at Dembesh Hotel. The workshop is a practical follow-up to the national high-level briefing on the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction held in Juba on Tuesday. The consultative workshop will be attended by officials from the states, national line ministries, and representatives from the Embassy of Japan and UNDP.

    What: National Consultative Workshop on Disaster Risk Management Policy in the Republic of South Sudan

    When: Wednesday December 7 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.

    Where: Dembesh Hotel

    Who:                    

    • Hon.  Hussein Mar Nyuot, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management
    • Mr. Banak Joshua, Undersecretary, Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management
    • Representative of the Embassy of Japan
    • Representative for UNDP

    For further information, please contact: Kymberly Bays, UNDP, kymberly.bays@undp.org and +211 954 396 893.

    Distributed by APO on behalf of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

    Media files
    United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
    Download logo

  • EU trains Liberian fisheries inspectors

    European experts will be arriving in Liberia this week to conduct a two-day training of Liberian fisheries inspectors and monitoring personnel. The capacity-building event will take place in Monrovia on 8-9 December.

    Representatives of the European Commission (EC), the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA), the Spanish Fishing Monitoring Centre (FMC), the Liberian FMC and the Bureau of National Fisheries (BNF) will participate in the training.

    On the request of Liberia, the workshop will focus on remote tracking of tuna vessels. Participants will reinforce their knowledge of vessel monitoring tools such as the Automatic Identification System (AIS) and the satellite-based Vessel Monitoring System (VMS).

    The training has been organised in the framework of the five-year Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement (SFPA) and protocol between the European Union and the Republic of Liberia, signed on 9 December last year.

    Under this agreement, Spanish and French purse seiners and surface long-line vessels who pay the appropriate licence fees can fish for tuna and tuna-like species in Liberian waters.

    In addition, the EU pays an annual compensation to Liberia, including money to support the Liberian fisheries policy. This includes measures to reinforce fisheries monitoring, control and surveillance, as a way to ensure sustainable fisheries in Liberian waters. This training further contributes to that goal.

    Distributed by APO on behalf of Delegation of the European Union to Liberia.

    Media files
    Delegation of the European Union to Liberia
    Download logo

  • Cyber security: Central African States adopt model cross-border laws

    An exacting endeavour of the Central African Economic Community (ECCAS) member states – supported by the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) – has yielded fruits with the adoption by countries of the sub-region of model laws on telecommunications, cyber security and the regulatory framework to govern cross-border interconnection. Such is the outcome of a session of the meeting of Ministers of Posts and Telecommunications of the Economic Community of Central African (ECCAS) member States, which has just taken place in Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of Congo. 

    The adoption is the outcome of a long process (initiated in 2011) and of a request by Ministers in charge of Telecommunications and ICTs of ECCAS member states in 2010, requesting the statutory Council of ECCAS Ministers to submit for approval to the ECCAS Conference of Heads of state and government four policy documents, including one on harmonization of national policies and regulations and plans of action for development of ICTs in the Central Africa sub-region.

    The ECCAS Secretary General was tasked to initiate forthwith and in cooperation with ECA and ITU, the drafting of model laws and regulations pertaining to (a) electronic transactions, (b) protection of personal data and (c) cyber security.

    In a bid to provide technical assistance to the Secretariat General of ECCAS and CEMAC, the sub-regional Office of ECA for Central Africa, in collaboration with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), co-organized a workshop on harmonization of the cyber-security legal framework for Central Africa in 2011 in Libreville, Gabon. This workshop culminated in draft model laws on the protection of personal data, electronic transactions and cybercrime control to be adopted by the statutory organs of both communities.

    Subsequently, three sub-regional meetings on these preliminary draft laws were organized by the ECA in collaboration with ECCAS (2012, 2013 and 2014) to sufficiently mature the document for adoption by ECCAS Telecommunications/ICTs Ministers. Accordingly, it is in December 2016 that the Ministers of Posts and telecommunications of ECCAS member states adopted these laws and drafted a declaration dubbed ‘‘The Brazzaville Declaration’’.

    This harmonized legal framework is an essential frame of reference propitious for the development of ICTs through a sound, transparent and robust regulation, but especially a tremendous catalyst for attracting investors and capital that would, inter alia, help the sub-region to successfully achieve digital transformation. It should also greatly contribute to bolster citizen’s confidence in using ICTs and electronic communication services on the one hand and, on the other hand, foster the development of a digital economy or other online transactions while ensuring protection for personal data.  

    One of the recommendations of the declaration urges the ECA to support the ECCAS Secretariat General in (i) developing a roaming frame of reference in the Central Africa sub-region and (ii) in establishing mechanisms for  the monitoring and evaluation of the level of adaptation of legislative and regulatory frameworks. 

    Distributed by APO on behalf of United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).

    Media files
    United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
    Download logo

  • President Zuma Accepts the Annual Remuneration Recommendations for Public Office Bearers

    President Jacob Zuma has accepted the Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers recommendations for the adjustment of Public Office Bearers annual remuneration for the 2016/2017 financial year.

    The Commission recommended that there would be no adjustment (0 %) to the remuneration of following Public Office Bearers:

    • All members of the National Executive (the President, Deputy President, Ministers  and Deputy Ministers);
    • All members of the National Parliament;
    • All members of the Provincial Executive and Legislature;
    • All Judges
    • Local government: Positions of Executive Mayors to Whip;
    • Traditional Leadership: Position of the King/Queen to full time Deputy Chairperson of Provincial House of Traditional Leaders (PHTL).

    The Commission further recommended a four percent (4 %) cost-of-living adjustment to the remuneration of the Local government: Municipal Councillors and six percent (6 %) for all Magistrates and from full-time member of the National House of Traditional Leaders (NHTL) to Headmen/Headwomen as well as sitting allowance for all members of NHTL and PHTL.

    Salaries and allowances of different categories of public office bearers are determined by the President, after taking into account, amongst others, the recommendation of the Commission. 

    Distributed by APO on behalf of Republic of South Africa: The Presidency.

    Media files
    Republic of South Africa: The Presidency
    Download logo

Join our mailing list

If you would like Independent, Informative and Invaluable news analysis on the African continent, delivered straight to your inbox, join our mailing list.

Help us deliver better content