''Medicines export to Libya will boom with border reopening'' (Head of CNIP)

November 25, 2020

(TAP) - 'Medicines' export to Libya will boom with the reopening of borders,' head of the National Chamber of Pharmaceutical Industry (CNIP), Sara Masmoudi.

The shortage recorded in this area during the first ten months of 2020 is about to be filled, she pointed out.

Speaking to TAP, Masmoudi said the percentage of export sales had declined during the health crisis, especially during the lockdown period, as exports were suspended for almost three months.

The disruption in the production of raw materials worldwide was one of the major obstacles to the export process, in addition to some logistical problems and pressure from the local market, she noted.

She added that the sector's exports had declined by 8% in the first period of the year 2020, against an increase of 17% in the same period in 2019.

Masmoudi further pointed out that 78% of the Tunisian market's needs in medicines are manufactured locally by Tunisian laboratories, noting that this rate is 'very respectable' and is likely to increase by the end of this year.

She noted that the pharmaceutical industry is one of the sectors that are able to create an economic momentum and investment programmes.

The manufacture of quality medicines is a vector of international influence for the country, she said.


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