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ZDA to facilitate export of drugs

THE Zambia Development Agency (ZDA) has pledged to facilitate the export of locally manufactured essential medicines.

Acting Director General Gabriel Musentenkwa says the agency will help Yash Life Science to export its products.

Mr Musentenkwa with the ZDA team of representatives from Investments, policy and planning and legal divisions visited the company located in Shimabala, Kafue District on Monday this week.

The tour was part of the Agency’s routine company visitations to appreciate their operations and get first hand information on the challenges affecting the industry, as well as opportunities.

Speaking before the tour of the plant, Mr Musentenkwa assured Yash Life Sciences of the Agency’s availability to support the company in its expansion plans as well as research and development.

“The agency is interested in seeing the products from Yash Life Sciences in the regional and international markets, and will facilitate this through the ZDA’s Export Development Division,” he said.

Yash Life Sciences director Himanshu Patel said the company started its commercial production in 2020 and produces a range of essential medicines.

Mr Patel said Yash was implementing the second phase of expanding its production capacity.

He said the company was prioritising research and development in order to continue improving and adding on the number of products they were already manufacturing.

“After the expansion process, the company will create up to 1,000 direct jobs and many more indirect jobs through the forward and backward linkages,” he said.

Mr Patel said the company was exporting its products to Malawi and was currently exploiting other markets such as Tanzania and Mozambique.





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