May 13, 2022

Nigeria signs an agreement with Cuba on the production of vaccines and biopharmaceuticals

Nigeria has signed an agreement with Cuba to implement actions on contract manufacturing, technology transfer, vaccine production and marketing of Cuban biopharmaceuticals in Nigeria.

Nigeria’s Ambassador to Cuba, Benaoyagha Okoyen, in a statement made available to the Nigerian News Agency in New York, said the two countries had also agreed to partner in other areas.

He said that the two countries have expressed their interest in implementing actions for the development of the partnership, especially in scientific cooperation projects, academic collaboration, co-development agreements and licensing of innovative products.

Okoyen and the President of the Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Industries Group (BIOCUBAFARMA), Eduardo Diaz, who represented the Republic of Cuba, signed the expression of interest document.

According to the envoy, Nigeria signed the document with Cuba at the just-concluded BIOHAVANA 2022 international conference from April 25-29 in Havana.

“The Nigerian Embassy in Havana, under the leadership of the Ambassador, played an important role in guiding the Nigerian delegation through the various stages of its participation in the conference, including coordinating several relevant side meetings.

“The delegation included participants from the Ministry of Health; National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control; Federal Ministry of Science and Innovation; Sheda Science and Technology Complex; National Biotechnology Development Agency; Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka; and the West African Health Organization (WAHO).

The BIOCUBAFARMA, the organizer of the conference is the commercial organization of the Cuban government that produces medicines, equipment and services through scientific and technical development to improve the health of the population, the production of exportable goods and services and the advanced technologies in food production.

Delegates from over 50 countries witnessed the signing of 18 agreements by 12 countries, including Nigeria, Australia, Russia, Germany, Japan, Canada, South Korea and Turkey. (