On November 22, 2016, the Symposium on China-Africa Partnership: Improving Access to Health and Medical Products was held in Shanghai, China. Sun Xianze, Vice Minister of China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA), attended the symposium and delivered a speech. The Symposium aims to carry out the spirit of President Xi Jinping’s important direction at the Johannesburg Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation on “encourage and support local drug production by Chinese enterprises in Africa to increase Africans’ access to medicine”, and promote China-Africa practical cooperation in medical industry.
The Chinese government highly emphasizes the safety of food and medical products, and is carrying out a series of regulatory reform measures and system innovation to improve the safety and quality of medical products, boost the structure adjustment and industrial upgrading of the pharmaceutical industry from the supply side, and make contributions to the public health of the whole world including Africa, said Sun Xianze.
Sun Xianze emphasized that CFDA will actively promote the drug supervision cooperation, information sharing, and communication mechanism between China and Africa, and carry out efficient international cooperation in the field of drug testing and inspection, quality standard, supervision and inspection, pharmacovigilance, and marketing authorization to jointly guarantee the safety of the supply chain.
The symposium was held during the 9th Global Conference on Health Promotion. Relevant leaders from the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China, State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine of China, Shanghai Municipal Government, United Nations Population Fund, and 19 health ministers of African countries attended the symposium. About 300 representatives from relevant international organizations, medical industry and research institutes were present at the symposium.