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Published May 26, 2023 / Public health

DRC ready to join the Lomé Initiative


Geneva, 26 May 2023 - Following the Democratic Republic of Congo's expression of interest in joining the Lomé Initiative, the Brazzaville Foundation invited the country's delegation to a working lunch. The delegation was led by Mr. Bonkafo Efofa Ikelemba Frank Papy, Senior Health and Welfare Advisor to the Head of State, H.E. Mr. Felix Antoine Tshisekedi.

From left to right: Mr. Alexi Munungi Leki, First Counsellor of the Democratic Republic of Congo in Geneva; Dr Anne Marie Tumba Benabiabu, Director of the National Reproductive Health Programme at the Ministry of Health; Dr Frank Papy Bonkafo Efofa Ikelemba, Senior Advisor to the President of the Republic at the College of Health and Welfare; the Honourable Henriette Wamu Ataminia, Elected Member of the National Assembly of Funa, in the city of Kinshasa; Mr. Cédric Otse-Mawandza, Head of Mission Initiative of Lomé at the Brazzaville Foundation; Dr Sylvain Yuma Ramazani, Secretary General for Health of the DRC; Mr. Richard Amalvy, Chief Executive of the Brazzaville Foundation; Dr Thomas Kataba Ndireyata, Director of Studies and Planning at the Ministry of Public Health, © Brazzaville Foundation.

Discussions focused on the materialisation of the DRC's accession to the Lomé Initiative, which is part of the agreements in principle between the Head of State and Mr. Jean-Yves Ollivier, Founding Chairman of the Brazzaville Foundation. The meeting focused on the progress made in the DRC since the creation of a pharmaceutical regulatory agency, on subjects linking environmental and public health issues, and on the technical support that the Foundation can provide following the implementation of the pilot project in Togo. The meeting concluded with the willingness to meet again.