Etihad Cargo strengthens its pharmaceutical capacities between the United Arab Emirates and Belgium

December 9, 2021: Etihad Cargo announces a recent collaboration between Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates and Belgium, a leading global pharmaceutical hub, to strengthen the capacity of the Abu Dhabi health sector as a science center for the life and efforts of the HOPE consortium to provide vaccine solutions to the world.

The fully compliant origin-destination route will provide shippers with additional routes to transport pharmaceuticals between Europe and the Middle East through their Abu Dhabi hub, reaffirming their commitment to the highest standards in the industry.

The goal is also to establish a global distribution corridor to serve the world in vaccine delivery and future life science needs.

Belgium and Abu Dhabi signed two declarations of agreement in which were present Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Hamed, president of the DoH and Peter CLAES, Belgian ambassador to the UAE.

The first agreement was concluded between the HOPE consortium, Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), Brussels Airport Company and Pharma.Aero. Led by the Abu Dhabi Ministry of Health, the emirate’s health sector regulator, the collaboration aims to establish a fully compliant origin-destination pharmaceutical air corridor between Abu Dhabi and Brussels Airports. The dedicated pharmaceutical trade path will bring together the major players in the industry compliant and certified supply chain, including freight forwarders and ground handling agents.

“Our goal is to strengthen Abu Dhabi’s positioning as a world-class pharmaceutical logistics hub and destination focused on global wellness by investing in strategic public-private sector collaborations and allocation expertise and resources ”, commented Dr Jamal Al Kaabi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health – Abu Dhabi.

Earlier this year, a delegation from the HOPE consortium met with players from the pharmaceutical industry in Brussels to present the success of Abu Dhabi’s global vaccine distribution. HOPE Consortium has processed over 200 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines, contributing to vaccination programs in more than 40 destinations worldwide.

Western Europe currently ranks as the second largest pharmaceutical export market in the world with a total export value of almost 42 billion euros in 2020. “, Brussels Airport is the main hub serving the pharmaceutical industry and life sciences in Europe with more than 750 million vaccines processed at the airport, serving 60 destinations around the world, ”said Nathan De Valck, Freight Manager, Brussels Airport.

Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, chairman of the executive committee of the HOPE consortium and CEO of the AD Ports group, said: region and the world. Academic excellence is an important part of this journey, and we look forward to showcasing our strategic capabilities and sharing our lessons learned from developing one of the most comprehensive end-to-end pharmaceutical supply chains in the world. “

The development of the dedicated Pharma Air Corridor will leverage API-IoT-webforms-internet devices shared with all relevant stakeholders to closely monitor pharmaceutical shipments. “Our relationship with Etihad Cargo and the HOPE best practice sharing consortium gives us confidence that the Corridor will foster engagement in transparency with customers and stakeholders. Said Nathan De Valck, who is also president of Pharma.Aero.

The other declaration of collaboration was signed by the HOPE consortium, Pharma.Aero, the Khalifa University of Science and Technology and the University of Antwerp to host the second edition of the “Pharma Logistics Masterclass”, a course focused on critical challenges and developments in the pharmaceutical field. supply chains and logistics, by Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi from September 5 to 9, 2022.

Frank Van Gelder, General Secretary of Pharma.Aero and Co-Chair of the “Pharma Logistics Masterclass”, said: “The vision and mission of Pharma.Aero underscore the promotion of collaboration. By continuously providing information and sharing the latest changes between pharmaceutical companies, industry stakeholders and academia, the overall knowledge and quality of the pharmaceutical supply chain and MedTec improves. Bringing the 2nd edition of the masterclass to Abu Dhabi and bringing together academics and businesses again significantly contributes to the realization of this vision. “

Dr. Ghalia Ali Al Humaidan, Chargé d’affaires of the United Arab Emirates Mission to Belgium said: “The strategic ties between the United Arab Emirates and Belgium are essential to support trade routes between the Middle East and the Europe. This commitment further extends the effectiveness of a collaborative approach to respond to the flow of pharmaceutical demand between the two regions. “

HE Peter Claes, Ambassador of Belgium to the United Arab Emirates, added: “Abu Dhabi has become a global hub for the distribution of pharmaceuticals. The emirate did so in close cooperation and synergy with Brussels Airport. I am therefore happy to know that at the invitation of Pharma.Aero and its partners, distinguished executives from the Abu Dhabi Ministry of Health, Etihad and Rafed participated in the 1st International Masterclass on Pharmaceutical Logistics, which was held in Antwerp in September.

(Source: STAT Trade Times)

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