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United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)

Capital Jun27,2020


  • Title of the EOI: Invitation for Pre-qualification of Essential Health Products Manufacturers for the AfCFTA-anchored Pharma Initiative’s Pooled Product Evaluation by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
  • Date of this EOI: 10 June 2020
  • Closing Date for Receipt of EOI: 10 July 2020
  • EOI Number:  EOIUNECA17541
  • E-mail Address: shiferaw3@un.org 
  • Address EOI response by e-mail for the Attention of -Rahel Tarekegne
  • UNSPSC Code: 51000000


To maximize the opportunities arising from African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), African Medicines Agency (AMA) and to realize the objectives of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Plan for Africa, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in collaboration with the African Union Commission (AUC), the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD), WHO, UNAIDS and other relevant UN agencies, is commissioning an AfCFTA-anchored pharmaceutical project in selected African countries (Seychelles, Madagascar, Comoros, Mauritius, Djibouti, Eritrea, Rwanda anchored by Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, and IGAD with a specific aim to bring ideas into action through successful operationalization of the AfCFTA. 

The AfCFTA-anchored Pharma initiative has a three-pronged approach; localized production; pooled procurement and a harmonized regulatory and quality framework focusing on maternal and child health care (MCH) products to address persistent challenges in MCH burden, unmet needs and access to reproductive health products across the region but also to the necessity and efficacy of investment in initiatives that address women’s health as a key component of inclusive and sustainable economic development.

This invitation is one of the several recommended regional harmonization efforts envisioned by the Head of States of the African Union (AU) for “A prosperous Africa based on inclusive growth and sustainable development”. In as much as sustainable development depends on health workers, the health of society depends on the supply of quality-assured and affordable medicines.

It is against this background and in line with the objectives specifically to advocate from the policy angle for pooled procurement and local production essential medicines that ECA would like to invite supplier(s) of MCH product(s) to realize Africa’s vision in line with the AfCFTA agenda to fulfill the unmet needs of pilot member countries by increasing access to an affordable and reliable supply of quality-assured medicines

More Details Available

The objective of the project, list of medical products, deliverables, Eligibility criteria, Submission Requirements, and instructions are available in the TOR and its attachment A which are available at the below email with Vendor Response Form. Kindly follow strictly the submission requirements and provide all the required documentation. Failure to do so may result in exclusion from further consideration.

Vendors who express their interest and submit the required documentation will be evaluated for pre-qualification. UNECA is precluded from entering into a contract with a vendor that is not fully registered with United Nations Global Market place (UNGM) and did not obtain UN Global Market Place (UNGM) Vendor ID Number. Thus, only those vendors who are registered or provisionally registered or have started their registration process in UNGM will be eligible to be included in this solicitation. (Use https://www.ungm.org /  to register).

Vendors interested in participating in the planned solicitation process should complete/submit the Vendor Response Form of this EOI either electronically (through the link https://www.un.org/Depts/ptd/sites/www.un.org.Depts.ptd/files/pdf/eoi17541.pdf ) or send it via e-mail to Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) before the closing date set forth above. Please direct all your queries to United Nations Economic Commission for Africa using the email provided above.