In the fourth and final article of our series of blogs looking at the pharmaceutical industry in four frontier markets, we look at how Libya is meeting demand for healthcare products.
Regulatory regime – Libya’s Ministry of Health is the main regulator for the pharmaceutical industry in the country and establishes regulations to control drug circulation and governs medical practice and other healthcare professions. The distribution of medicine is managed by both public wholesalers and private companies.
Size of market – in the absence of local medicine production, the value of pharmaceutical imports was estimated at US$104,076.195 in 20181 and is expected to rise considerably by 2021.
Data as of 2018. Source: Ministry of Health2
Key players – public hospitals are supplied by the Ministry of Health through the Medical Supply Organization (MSO), the centralised state body for purchasing medicine, while private sales are dominated by large local companies, acting as distribution agents for the well-known multinational pharmaceutical firms. Listed below are the key local agents, and the international suppliers they work with, together with links to their profiles on ClarifiedBy.com.
|Local agent||International company||Country of import|
|Al Dawlia for Import of Pharmaceuticals and Medical Equipment SAL||AstraZeneca UK Limited||UK|
|Alfa for Importing Pharmaceuticals and Medical Equipment SAL||Ferring International Center SA||Switzerland|
|North Africa Medical Necessities and Medical Equipment Import Company Ltd||Medtronic PLC||UK|
|Alalama Company||Adelco-Chromatourgia Athinon e Colocotronis Bros SA||Greece|
As this series has shown, successful market entry strategies in Iran, Syria, Sudan and Libya have two common elements: understanding the market and selecting the right local partner. Underpinning both success factors is the ability to draw on trusted market insight, entity data and corporate intelligence that ultimately contribute to a detailed and robust due diligence process.
For those pharmaceutical providers who are willing to invest in the research and relationships required to succeed – and who have the stomach for the risk – we believe that frontier and developing markets in the region offer significant opportunities for growth in the years to come.