The three-day event, which is scheduled to hold from Tuesday, October 13 to Thursday, October 15, 2015, will witness a convergence of all NAFDAC stakeholders for the first time since the establishment of the agency in 1993. The ‘two in one’ event, which is targeted at a global audience, will feature a summit and an exhibition, which will both hold at the Landmark Centre, Victoria Island Annex in Lagos.
Foreign and local companies, importers and practitioners operating under the statutory regulation and law establishing NAFDAC are all expected to be part of the event.
Stakeholders cut across diverse sectors based on NAFDAC’s statutory functions include drugs and pharmaceuticals, food, cosmetics, chemicals and other allied sectors. The information brochure being distributed to stakeholders indicates that the theme of the event is; ‘Exceeding Industry Baseline’.
According to Jide Fowode, NAFDAC’s consultant on the project, “It has become imperative for NAFDAC to have a full convergence of all her stakeholders on one single platform or through one forum. This is why NAFDAC SUMMEX is very significant at this time because since the agency started operations over two decades ago, it has only been reaching out to stakeholders through sectors and groups without having an effective forum that brings all together for effective engagement and interaction.”
Fowode further disclosed that the event involves an opening ceremony, a summit which will break away to conferences and workshops, exhibition and gala dinner. He added that careful planning had gone into the epoch-making event to ensure it has a global success.
“It is an international event and we have been planning and working with the leadership of NAFDAC for about 12 months now to ensure we get it right and that we are able to sustain it on an annual basis’’, Fowode said.
As was explained in the event website, the NAFDAC Summex is expected to help shape a better relationship for the agency and her stakeholders as well as help generate a direct feedback from stakeholders and also serve as an annual forum to showcase innovations and ideas.
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