Why Nigerian pharmacists in the U.S deserve commendation for attracting business to diaspora and homeland.
USAfrica: Professionally and substantially, I do believe that one of the bright lights in the African diaspora is the Nigerian Association of Pharmacists and Pharmaceutical Scientists in the Americas (NAPPSA).
Second, drawing from the practical outcome of what I saw as I led a 4-person USAfrica multimedia team to NAPPSA’s 2013 annual Scientific Conference and Exposition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – which held from September 19-22, 2013, the group holds valuable promise despite some rough edges. The theme of the Conference was Global Trends in Healthcare Delivery: Partnering and Building Sustainable Pharmaceutical Bridges.
Third, I found as very impressive and worthy, the young pharmacists mentoring opportunities provided by NAPPSA; several of whom I interviewed for the forthcoming USAfricaTV special documentary on NAPPSA 2013. Almost 2,000 pictures from the event are on the African diaspora communities’ mega-site www.PhotoWorks.TV
Fourth, Nigeria’s government had a very strong representation at this year’s event.
Nigeria’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Prof. Viola Onwuliri who represented the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, alongside a special high powered team, comprised of three Federal Ministers, the Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and several senior government officials, described her country as the investment destination of choice for the international community and foreign direct investments into Nigeria’s growing pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors.
She said the President has invited NAPPSA and its members to partner with his government to advance the pharmaceutical sector and delivery of improved health care to all Nigerians.
NAPPSA 2013 opened with a focus on Education in Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Healthcare in Nigeria, and how to improve the sector.
The Second day witnessed a high impact all-day session titled: The Nigeria’s Business Forum: Attracting Foreign Direct Investment to the Nigerian Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Sectors.
Dr. Olusegun Aganga, Nigeria’s Minister for Industry, Trade and Investment kicked off the session with a high energy presentation on the topic:Opportunities for Trade and Investment in the Nigerian Pharmaceutical Sector.
Prof. Chinedu Nebo, Minister of Power presented an engaging insight to the Infrastructural Requirements for Transforming the Nigerian Healthcare Sector.
The Conference keynote presentation was delivered by Prof.Osagie Imasogie, Founder and Senior Managing Partner, Phoenix IP Ventures LLC, Philadelphia. He spoke on “Building a Sustainable Innovative Pharmaceutical Sector: Lessons for the Emerging Economies.” He presented data that support investment in Nigeria’s local pharmaceutical sector, both as an investment value and for improving health care to its people.
The Governor of the State of Pennsylvania — through State Senator Michael Brubaker, Chairman of the Finance Committee, and Vice Chair, Senate Committee on State Government in the Pennsylvania State Senate — welcomed the conferees and special guests.
Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman of the Committee on Diaspora, Nigerian Federal House of Representatives made a presentation.
Special mention needs to be made of the founding President Nnodum Iheme, newly elected President Dr. Funmi Ajayi, program coordinator Dr. Anthony Ikeme, Prof. Edward Oparaoji, Dr. Ebube Nkere, Dr. Henrietta Ukwu, Dr. Linus Igwemezie, Dr. Patrick Nwakama, Dr. Nonye Onyewuenyi, Dr. Echeazu Ogu and the NAPPSA board and executive.
On balance, I can affirm that NAPPSA 2013 was an insightful three and half days of scholarship and business networking. NAPPSA is growing into a credible vehicle for hundreds of pharmacy-healthcare-related professionals striving to make Nigeria better.
•Dr. Chido Nwangwu, author of the forthcoming 2013 book titled ‘Mandela & Achebe: Footprints of Greatness’ www.MandelaAchebeChido.com, is the Founder & Publisher of Houston-based USAfrica multimedia networks since 1993, first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the internet USAfricaonline.com; CLASSmagazine, AchebeBooks.com, IgboEvents, Nigeria360 and several blogs. He has been profiled by CNN International for his pioneering work on the news and public policy interests of Africans and Americans. Chido, former adviser on Africa business to Houston’s ex-Mayor Dr. Lee Brown, appears as an analyst on CNN, London-based SkyNEWS, NBC, ABC, CBSNews and other platforms. e-mail: Chido247@Gmail.com. wireless: 1-832-45-CHIDO (24436) Follow Twitter.com/Chido247, Facebook.com/MandelaAchebeChido, Facebook.com/USAfricaChido
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