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BLOCK YOUR DIARY: BSM / Pharma Business Delegation to South Africa (BSM) 15th - 16th July 2019 and Tanzania (BSM) 18-19th July 2019 - SADC Pharma Pooled procurement


PXL/HO/Cir-016/2019-20                                                                                    Date: 24.05.2019



Dear Sir/Madam,

Subject: BLOCK YOUR DIARY: BSM / Pharma Business Delegation to South Africa (BSM) 15th - 16th July 2019 and Tanzania (BSM) 18-19th July 2019 (MAI Assistance available) & SADC Pharma Pooled procurement


We are glad to inform member companies that Pharmexcil is organising BSM / Pharma Business Delegation to South Africa (15th - 16th July 2019) and Tanzania during (18th - 19th July 2019). The Delegation visit and its dates have been confirmed by Indian Mission at South Africa and Tanzania.


The itinerary of the delegation is as follows:

 Sr. No.

Country & City of Visit.

Proposed date



Johannesburg,             South Africa

14th July 2019 (Sunday)

Arrival of the delegation.

15th July 2019

Meetings with Trade Associations & the Ministry of Health/FDA etc

16th July 2019

Buyer Seller Meet

17th July 2019

Departing to Tanzania


Dar es Salaam,


18th July 2019

Meeting with SADC Pharma procurement, Trade Associations & the Ministry of Health/FDA etc.

19th July 2019

Buyer Seller Meeting

20th July 2019

Departure to India


India's Pharma exports for the Period April- March, 2018-19 financial year is $ 19,134.49 million and has recorded a growth of 10.72%.


The delegation is proposed to visit these countries as an approved activity under the MAI activity of the Council. South Africa is the third largest destination for India's Pharmaceutical exports with USD 619 mn during the year 2018-19 after USA and UK, growing at 6% over the previous year. Tanzania is the fifth largest destination in Africa for India's Pharmaceutical exports with USD mn 162.08 during the year 2018-19 after South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, and Uganda. The exports to these countries are showing growth and there is also a good scope for exploring these markets.


The Southern African Development Community (SADC)comprised of 16 countries (include South Africa and Tanzania) has formed a Pooled Procurement Arrangement for Pharmaceuticals for which Medical Stores Department (MSD) of Tanzania is identified as the nodal agency. Under this arrangement, SADC countries will place their orders for specific pharmaceutical products through MSD. The payments for pooled procurement will be extended by MSD while deliveries of medicines will be expected to be sent to independent countries (agencies).It is expected that supply products will be registered in the respective countries. (you may please refer Circular dt: 8th April 2019 proposing Business Delegation)


In light of these important developments and market opportunity available through SADC pooled procurement system, Pharmexcil is mounting a business delegation to explore business opportunities in South Africa and Tanzania during 15-19th July 2019.




Members whose export turnover during the previous financial year is less than/upto Rs.30 crores and who have completed one year of membership will be eligible for assistance under new MAI scheme up to a maximum of Rs. 70,000/- towards air fare, subject to other conditions of new MAI scheme and approval by Ministry. The reimbursement of airfare is permissible only to the regular Director/Partner/Proprietor of the Company (any one).

Following are the points which may please be noted:

§  It is mandatory to participate in two countries.

§  The cost of the flight ticket, Hotel venue and charges will be provided in our next circular latest by 28th May 2019 (Tuesday).


We now request the members to please block their diary for this important programme. The details of costing of BSM participation is being worked out and shall be communicated by 28th May 2019.


Member companies joining the delegation are requested to confirm their participation to dd.smk@pharmexcil.com. For further details, Members may contact Mr.Murali Krishna, Joint Director at dd.smk@pharmexcil.com or call on Tel: 040-23735462/66 Fax: 040-23735464.


Thanking you,

With best regards,

Raghuveer Kini

Executive Director