Zim and Indonesia to partner in the manufacture of vaccines

By Abigirl Tembo, Health Editor

ZIMBABWE is set to partner with an Indonesian state-owned enterprise, Biofarma, in the manufacturing and distribution of vaccines for various diseases.

The joint venture between Zimbabwe and Indonesia will see Biofarma setting up a manufacturing plant at Natpharm for the manufacturing of polio, measles, tetanus and anti-snake venom vaccines.

This Friday, Vice President General (Retired) Dr Constantino Chiwenga, who is also the Minister of Health and Child Care, visited Biofarma’s manufacturing plant in Bandung.

“The tour and the briefings you have given us showed us that you have expertise in manufacturing various pharmaceutical products, especially vaccines, among others. As minister of Health and Child Care, I fully welcome your interest to partner with Natpharm which is wholly owned by the government to manufacture pharmaceutical products including vaccines in Zimbabwe,” said Vice President Chiwenga.

Biofarma Director Henesti Basyir expressed his company’s willingness to partner with Zimbabwe.

“We are very happy to partner with Zimbabwe in this venture. We need to follow up and speed up the process so that we start the ball rolling,” he said.

Zimbabwe’s Ambassador to Indonesia, Her Excellency Sophia Nyamudeza and the Indonesian Ambassador to Zimbabwe, His Excellency Dewa Sastrawan pledged their support towards the project.

“We are ready to work with you as a country and for us this will be laying our foundation,” said Ambassador Nyamudeza.

“We will ensure that this project comes to fruition for the benefit of the two countries,” Ambassador Sastrawan noted.

From the pharmaceutical company, Vice President Chiwenga and his delegation proceeded to PT Len Group of Companies which manufactures rail equipment technology and solar systems, with promises of further cooperation between the two countries.

“I understand that you are one of the companies that have expressed interest to partner with the National Railways of Zimbabwe in its rail rehabilitation project, with your focus on rail signaling which you have showed us. I want to assure you that the relevant offices are considering your submissions. The railway rehabilitation project is important for the revival of our economy,” said Vice President Chiwenga.

“We have been involved in a number of international projects and we believe our partnership with Zimbabwe will yield positive results,” said a representative of PT Len Group of Companies.

Bilateral relations between PT Len and Zimbabwe began in 2019, with the visit by Vice President Chiwenga expected to culminate in the signing of memoranda of understanding between Zimbabwean and Indonesian companies.