Saudi Arabia’s LCGPA inks 7 deals to localize the pharmaceutical sector

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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Saudi Arabia’s Local Content and Government Procurement Authority (LCGPA) has signed seven agreements to localize the pharmaceutical industry and transfer knowledge, including four agreements with Tabuk Pharmaceuticals and three with the Saudi Pharmaceutical Industries and Medical Appliances Corporation (SPIMACO).

The agreements targeted a number of pharmaceutical products such as direct inhibitors of thrombin, antibiotics, treatment of muscle contraction, anticoagulants, and immunosuppressants, among others.

The authority explained that it would provide certain incentives to these products upon their localization, such as listing them on the mandatory list of national products.

LCGPA CEO Mr. Abdulrahman bin Abdullah Al-Semari noted that these agreements are a confirmation of the sustainable partnership between the public and private sectors to develop the local content.

The CEO commented that the localization of these products will add to GDP around $133 million (SR500 million) cumulatively over the next 10 years and with direct investments of up to $38 million (SR145 million) aimed at covering $29 million (SR111 million) of government demand annually.

“This will also boost local supply chains and respond to government demand quickly and in high quality, thus contributing to realizing targets of the Saudi Vision 2030,” Mr. Al-Semari added.

LCGPA had previously announced opportunities to localize the pharmaceutical industry through its website, where these agreements are a result of the private sector’s response to the authority’s announcement.

The agreements also constitute a continuation of several previous deals implemented by the authority to activate contracting the localization of the industry and the transfer of knowledge. This innovative method contributes to achieving the authority’s strategic objectives and access to self-sufficiency in several priority products and sectors.

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