Asia Pharma Expo 2011 Exhibition in Bangladesh

Dhaka, 18 March 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Online PR News) Asia Pharma Expo 2011 (APE2011), the 8th international exhibition focusing the South Asian Pharmaceutical Industries was organized during February 24 to 26, 2011 at Bangbandhu International Conference Center, Dhaka, Bangladesh, which was concluded as one more successful landmark event in the region becoming highly resourceful to bring together the buyers and suppliers on one platform.

At APE2011, more than 424 Exhibiting Companies from 29 countries across the world (including Bangladesh, India, Japan, China, USA, UK, European Union, Gulf region, Taiwan, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, etc.) exhibited their latest technologies and products / services to nearly 9,100 pharma trade professionals who attended the Show.

APE2011 was supported by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of Peoples’ Republic of Bangladesh, Export Promotion Bureau (Bangladesh), Engineering Export Promotion Council (EEPC India), Pharmexcil (India), and Bulk Drug Manufacturers’ Association (BDMA India).

Channel – i was the Official Television Media and www.PHARMAsuppliers.Net was an Official Online Media for APE2011, Bangladesh Exhibition. Asia Pharma Expo 2011 (APE2011) was organized by GPE Expo Pvt. Ltd., India jointly with the Bangladesh Association of Pharmaceutical Industries (BAPI). Asia Pharma Shows are being organized at Bangladesh since year 2003, and are proved serious and meaningful for the pharma fraternity among the South Asian region.

The Exhibitors at APE2011 displayed pharma processing & packaging machineries and materials, Analytical Lab Instruments and Supplies, Utilities, API and Raw Materials, Consultants, etc. to show case their latest technologies and services.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the Asia Pharma Expo 2011 as the Chief Guest. Prof. Dr. Modasser Ali, Hon’ble Advisor to Hon’ble Prime Minister for Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and Social Welfare Affairs, Govt. of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh; Dr. A. F. M. Ruhal Haque, Hon’ble Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh; Lt. Col. (rtd) Muhammad Faruk Khan, Hon’ble Minister, Ministry of Commerce, Govt. of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh; Mr. Dilip Barua, Hon’ble Minister, Ministry of Industries, Govt. of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh were the Special Guests. Government has been sincerely working to establish the right to healthcare for the people of Bangladesh. We have recognized the advances in science and technology, which have brought a revolutionary change in the pharmaceutical industry.

Sheikh Hasina, MP Hon’ble Prime Minister Govt. of the Peoples’ Republic of Bangladesh ceremony. While, Mr. Nazmul Hassan, MP & Advisor to Bangladesh Association of Pharmaceutical Industries (BAPI) delivered the Welcome Address and Mr. Salman F. Rahman, President, Bangladesh Association of Pharmaceutical Industries (BAPI) chaired the session.

Talking in the inaugural session of the 3-day 8th Asia Pharma Expo 2011 at Bangbandhu International
Conference Center (BICC), Dhaka, Bangladesh on February 24, 2011, Thursday, the Prime Minister also asked
them to take steps towards reducing the prices of the medicines, so that the masses could avail the lifesaving
drugs and help the government keep its pledge to provide healthcare facilities to all the people.
Sheikh Hasina, MP, Hon’ble Prime Minister of the Peoples’ Republic of Bangladesh has asked the
pharmaceutical companies to be more vigilant in preventing the marketing of sub-standard quality medicines.
Sheikh Hasina said that healthcare is one of the basic rights of the human beings, while quality medicine is the
main element of healthcare.
The Prime Minister also asked the Quality Control Department of the Government to strengthen monitoring
system to stop supply and sale of sub-standard
medicines. She added that her government has
been sincerely working to establish the right to
healthcare for the people of Bangladesh. The Prime
Minister has recognized the advances in science and
technology, which have brought a revolutionary
change in the pharmaceutical industry.
During her inaugural speech of APE2011 Show, the
Prime Minister of Bangladesh expressed her
satisfaction over the progress being made by the
pharma sector of Bangladesh and noted that the
country has earned over Tk 4 billion during the last
fiscal by exporting medicines to over 83 countries.
Currently about 97% of the domestic demand is met by the locally produced medicines. The Prime Minister,
however, regretted that despite good strides in producing medicines, the country had been compelled to
import 70% of the raw materials in the pharma sector. She stressed the importance of increasing supply of raw
materials locally and said her government has taken steps to set up Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs)
Park near Daudkandi to produce raw materials for pharma industries.
She urged the entrepreneurs to take necessary steps including carrying out research for producing the raw
materials within the country. “The government will extend all out support to this vital industry for its
expansion including manufacturing raw materials,” Sheikh Hasina assured pharmaceutical entrepreneurs.
Some 30 units will be will be set up in the park for producing raw materials for the pharmaceutical industry.
Once it is set up, the demand of the raw materials will be met locally and a huge amount of the foreign
exchange would be saved.
Regarding the herbal medicines, she said that the herbal medicine is spreading fast all over the world. There is
a huge scope of expand herbal medicines in Bangladesh as the raw materials for herbal medicines are available
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“The government will provide all out support to
boost the country’s pharmaceutical industry. He
said that the government has identified the
industry as a thrust sector in its national industry
policy 2010 which has been approved by the
cabinet recently.”
Mr. Dilip Barua, Hon’ble Minister,
Ministry of Industries,
Govt. of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
in the country. The neighbouring countries like, India, Sri Lanka, and China have made substantial progress in
the field of herbal medicine, the Prime Minister said. The demand for the herbal medicine and the herbal
toiletries is increasing day by day in the European and American markets. At present, there is USD 43 billion
herbal medicine markets in the world annually. Herbal medicine worth about USD 1.3 billion is sold in the USA
alone every year, she added. “Some of the big pharma companies are producing herbal items along with the
traditional allopathic medicines. I would like to request all the concerned to give proper attention in this
regards.”
Industries Minister, Mr. Dilip Barua informed that, the government will provide all out support to boost the
country’s pharmaceutical industry. He said that the government has identified the industry as a thrust sector
in its national industry policy 2010 which has been approved by the cabinet recently. Mr. Barua was addressing
as Special Guest at the inaugural function of APE2011 at Dhaka.
The sector has earned reputation globally
exporting world-class quality drugs, he added.
Mr. Barua urged the entrepreneurs in the pharma
sector for working together to make the best
utilization of the export market. “You have to look
forward for Contract Manufacturing in many
developed countries.” He suggested the
entrepreneurs adding that, the neighbouring
countries like India is much ahead in this regard
and China and Turkey have also made remarkable
progress.
At APE2011, a 3-day international exhibition, 29
EEPC Member companies exhibited under the EEPC India Pavilion, supported by the Engineering Export
Promotion Council (India). Apart from these, more than 80 organization from India had exhibited at APE2011.
Asia Pharma Expo series is being produced and owned by GPE Expo Pvt. Ltd. (GPEEPL), India and sine more
than 15 years organizes international business & technology shows on pharmaceuticals in Bangladesh,
Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, and India. GPEEPL is also Publishers of the PHARMA PRO&PACK, an Official Print
Media Quarterly Magazine of the Indian Pharma Machinery Manufacturers’ Association (IPMMA).
The next Asia Pharma Expo show in Bangladesh is scheduled during year 2013.