EGYPT— The Egyptian Authority for Unified Procurement, Medical Supply, and Medical Technology Management (UPA) has struck a deal with JMS Japan, a prominent blood bag producer, to establish a new manufacturing plant in Egypt.

This announcement was made during a meeting between UPA Chairperson Bahaa El-Din Zidan and Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, where they discussed various major projects and the Authority’s recent initiatives.

The blood bag production endeavour is a collaboration between UPA, represented by ECMI, JMS Japan, and Intervarma, JMS’s sole agent in Egypt.

This deal was signed in Singapore in the presence of Egypt’s ambassador.

The facility, which is the first of its kind in Egypt, will produce blood bags, anticoagulants, and supplies used in patient blood transfusions.

This initiative will be executed in collaboration with a Japanese company  with the goal of transferring technology and localising the industry, as well as in partnership between Holdipharma, UPA, and two private sector enterprises to address local market needs, which total 2.5 million blood bags per year. In addition, export to neighbouring markets in Africa and Arab countries.

The significance of the blood bag manufacturing project under the UPA’s integrated project is that it will meet the needs of blood and its many derivatives within the context of the state’s general policy, which fosters manufacturing, technology transfer, and localization of diverse industries.

Earlier in January, Esmat emphasised the importance of public-private sector integration in advancing Egypt’s pharmaceutical industry and deepening local manufacturing, particularly given the local and foreign private sectors’ modern technology and management experience.

The UPA been played an important role in developing the proposed project including the manufacture of blood bags and their requirements, means of anticoagulation, transfer and localisation of this technology, and training of workers, in cooperation with the Japanese partner and local partners,

Prime Minister Madbouly praised UPA’s efforts and reaffirmed the government’s commitment to expanding the healthcare sector and improving access to quality medical supplies for all Egyptians.

Established in 2019, UPA supports efforts towards universal health coverage by encouraging strategic procurement and management of pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, and other medical supplies for all public healthcare bodies.

The UPA is responsible for Health Technology Assessment (HTA), ensuring cost-effective procurement of health technologies and negotiating prices for providers in both the private and public sectors, while operating independently from purchasers, providers, and pharmaceutical entities.

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