Rwandese President Paul Kagame has called upon all national parliaments to back the treaty on African Medicines Agency (AMA), which has now entered into force.
The president made the observation on Friday, as he opened the 17th Conference of Speakers and Presiding Officers of the Commonwealth (CSOC) – Africa region.
It is a conference with a focus on, among other themes, retooling Parliaments for effective and efficient oversight.
“This is a landmark agreement that will help ensure that vaccines and medications in Africa are both high-quality and locally produced,” he said of the African Medicines Agency treaty.
The AMA treaty was adopted by Heads of State and Governments during g their 32nd ordinary session of the Assembly on 11th February 2019 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
This treaty went into force on November 5, 2021, 30 days after the deposit of the 15th instrument of the ratification, by the Republic of Cameroon at the African Union Commission.
As of November 9, 2021, 17 member states including Rwanda had ratified the treaty establishing the conti8nental agency and deposited the legal instrument of ratification to the Commission. In total, 26 member states had assented to the treaty.
AMA is a specialized agency of the African Union (AU) intended to facilitate the harmonization of medical products regulation throughout the AU in order to improve access to quality, safe and efficacious medical products on the continent.
Following a similar model of the European Medicines Agency, AMA is intended to have a wide scope covering medical products-medicines (including traditional and modern ones), vaccines, blood and blood products, diagnostics, and medical devices.
Such efforts are intended to address a deficiency in drug production and the challenges posed by counterfeit and substandard products.