By Staff Reporter
The 41st African Union (AU) ordinary session of the Executive Council resolved to approve a 650 million budget, host the African Medicines Control Conference in Rwanda, as Zimbabwe submitted it’s bid to host the Regional Centers For Regulatory Excellence Southern Africa in Zambia last week.
“Highlights of the Executive Council’s Decisions include the following matters; approval of the 2023 AU budget of US$654 878 930; hosting of the African Medicines Council by Rwanda; and instructing the Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC) to quickly finalise, the AU Partnership Strategy and Policy Framework for submission to 42nd Session of the Executive Council in February 2023. Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Honourable Monica Mutsvangwa said during the Post Cabinet Brief.
Through the meeting Zimbabwe sought advantaging from it’s Medical Regulatory Authorities’, World Health Organization accreditation and certification for consideration as host for the regional center of regulatory excellence in Southern Africa.
“Zimbabwe expressed its interest to host the Regional Centres of Regulatory Excellency for the Southern Region, given that our country’s regulatory authority, the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe is accredited and pre-qualified by World Health Organisation (WHO) as a Regional Centre of Excellence.” Minister Mutsvangwa also said.
The meeting also took to adoption of amendments to the Statute to the Africa Centers for dieses Control and prevention (Africa CDC) as the continent gunners for preparedness in combatting health pandemics following COVID 19 and Monkey Pox.
“The Executive Council also approved the amendments to the Statute to the Africa-Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa-CDC) meant to elevate it to an autonomous continental health agency capable of rapidly and effectively responding to future health emergencies.” The Minister of Information Publicity and Broadcasting Services Monica Mutsvangwa also emphasised.
The AU policy strategy is expected to structure African responses to the it’s standards in engagement with external partner.
“Strategy is expected to bring clarity on how the AU engages with its external partners as well as how it can best leverage on partnerships for the benefit of the continent.” Minister Mutsvangwa also said.
The African Union is Africa’s highest inter regional and continental supreme multilateral structure which has been central in availing support for member states.