Showcasing the African Medical Supplies Platform (AMSP): Engaging the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD)
Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Webinar: 12:30 to 14:30; Addis Ababa Time


12:30 to 14:30; Addis Ababa Time; Duration: 2 hours; Language: English

Why you should attend

The African Medical Supplies Platform (AMSP) is a joint initiative of the African Union’s African Centre for Disease Control (CDC), the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the AFREXIMBANK, under the leadership of African Union Special Envoy, Strive Masiyiwa. It is an offshoot of the AfCFTA-anchored Pharmaceutical Initiative, which was originally conceived and launched in November 2019 by ECA in partnership with AUC, IGAD, AUDA-NEPAD, WHO, UNAIDs and other stakeholders. AMSP has been put in place in the context of the challenges and opportunities of COVID-19, with a view of operationalising and fostering the primary objectives of the AfCFTA-anchored Pharmaceutical Initiative of ensuring access to safe and affordable quality medicines in Africa, through pooled procurement and capacitating local production for improved health outcomes. It is a digital platform intended to serve as a consolidated online marketplace to facilitate the provision of COVID-19-related medical products by addressing supply chain issues such as shortages, delays in distributing supplies, accessibility and affordability. The platform was recently launched on 18th June 2020 by H. E.  Cyril Ramaphosa, President of the Republic of South Africa in his capacity as current Chair of the African Union.

A number of African governments have already joined and have begun leveraging the AMSP in the ongoing battle against COVID-19. To ensure that the opportunities afforded by this platform are well known and made readily available to all relevant prospective beneficiaries, ECA, alongside, African CDC, Afreximbank and Special Envoy, Strive Masiyiwa have embarked on a number of outreach and sensitisation efforts directed at African regional institutions, African countries/governments and African people. Regional Economic Communities play a major role in African countries’ development, including in championing concerted responses to developmental threats, such as the multi-dimensional threats posed by COVID-19.



It is against this background that ECA, Afreximbank, Africa CDC and AU Special Envoy, Strive Masiyiwa wish to convene a virtual meeting with the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), a lead initiator of the AfCFTA-anchored pharmaceutical initiative, to showcase the opportunities offered by AMSP, as well as how it is structured. It is hoped that the meeting would provide the necessary insights about the platform that would enable IGAD member States’ Governments, Private Sector operators and other stakeholders to access and leverage the benefits of the platform, particularly in light of the unrelenting spread of the COVID-19 pandemic on the continent and the attendant impacts on both human lives and sources of livelihood.



IGAD Secretariat Staff, high level officials from Ministries of Health and Finance of IGAD Member States as well as their regulatory, procurement and standards associations, IGAD Private Sector Operators and other interested Stakeholders.  


  • Speakers

-          Representative of the ECA to serve as moderator

-          Welcome Remarks by IGAD Representative

-          Brief Remarks by Strive Masiyiwa, African Union Special Envoy

-          Remarks by Vera Songwe – UN Under Secretary General and ECA Executive Secretary

-          Presentation of the AMSP by Fatoumata Bâ, Managing Partner, Janngo Capital

-          Presentation of IGAD Medicines Regulatory Harmonization initiative (MRH) Initiative and efforts in establishing IGAD Medicines supplies platform by Mme Fathia Alwan.

-          Response by officials of IGAD Member States Ministries of Health

-          Response by officials of IGAD Member States Ministries of Finance

-          Response by Private Sector Representatives

-          Closing remarks by a representative of Africa CDC



Contact Points:

UN Economic Commission for Africa

Francis Ikome/ Jane Karonga

Tel:  App #+251-923207538/+251912966923

Email: ikome@un.org/karonga@un.org


Africa Medical Supplies Platform

Chidinma IFEPE

Email: chidinma@janngo.africa / buyer@amsp.africa


IGAD Secretariat

Dr. Fathia Alwan

Tel: +253 77816860