Morocco – Sothema confirms its African ambitions

May 9, 2013 9:50 am0 commentsViews: 190

Agostinho Ca (Guinean Minister of Health) and Omar Tazi (Sothema’s CEO).

Sothema is now in conquered territory. After the recent inauguration of its plant in Dakar in March, the #1 Moroccan pharmaceutical company is now investing in Guinea-Bissau market via a convention which has been signed Wednesday, April 24 at the company’s headquarters in Bouskoura .

Omar Tazi, president of Sothema and Agostinho Ca, Guinean Minister of Health, have indeed signed a protocol on the elaboration of a pharmaceutical law and development projects in the pharmaceutical and medical sectors in the country of West Africa.

«”We will bring our expertise to the Ministry of Health of Guinea-Bissau to establish legislation on drugs, take over the distribution store and distribute our drug on the spot», announced Omar Tazi.

For Guineans, «This convention will bring closer the two countries and further strengthen of the bilateral cooperation and help regulate the pharmaceutical industry to improve the health of the population of Guinea-Bissau, where the patients are mostly lacking quality medicines», said for his part the Guinean minister. The latter has already made ​​initial contacts with Moroccan clinics for evacuating sick Guinean. “Currently, patients are evacuated to Cuba, while Morocco is only 3 hours by plane,” says Tazi.

According to the president of Sothema, this convention falls within the framework of strengthening South-South relations and strengthening development strategy on the African continent. It comes after the inauguration last March in Dakar by the Sovereign and Senegalese President Macky Sall of a drug production plant «West Afric Pharma», subsidiary laboratories Sothema, with an investment of 92 million dirhams.

This convention also comes just months after the visit of a Moroccan exporters mission in Guinea-Bissau (from 19 to 22 January). “This resulted in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Guinea-Bissau and Asmex. It aims to achieve, by Moroccan companies, investment projects in the areas of energy and water as well as partnership projects in other sectors including pharmacy, sea fishing and processing seafood, food processing, mining, cement and real estate, “says Hassan Sentissi El Idrissi, Asmex President (Moroccan exporters Association).

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