Senior Industrial Development Officer, Business, Investment and Technology
Services Branch, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
Juergen Reinhardt is a Project Manager at UNIDO, headquartered in Vienna, Austria.
Having been responsible for an array of technical cooperation interventions mainly in the
fields of private sector development, SME development, investment promotion and industrial
policy in Asia and Africa, his current portfolio includes a global UNIDO project situated at the
interface of public health and industrial development.
The activity seeks to improve access to
essential generic medicines in developing and least developed countries. This objective is
pursued through a combination of advisory and capacity building support aimed at the
strengthening of local pharmaceutical production capacities, with a specific focus on sub-
Prior to joining UNIDO in 1992, Mr. Reinhardt, a German national, was a Research Assistant
at the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy of the Ruhr University of
Bochum, Germany, from where he obtained a Ph.D. in Economics.
Building local production capacity in Africa - challenges and solutions ( 920KB)
Of late, the role that the commercially viable production of quality medicines in Africa can
potentially play for both improved public health and industrial development outcomes has
come to be increasingly acknowledged.
However, creating a conducive operational
environment for African pharmaceutical manufacturers requires to overcome manifold
challenges at policy, institutional and company levels alike, calling for a holistic approach
towards the sector's growth and development. Strengthening local capacities to that effect
through an array of support interventions is deemed a valuable response to the needs
identified. Brokering partnerships of various kinds - public-private, North-South & South-
South, commercial and not-for-profit - is among the solutions warranting particular attention.
There is lots of room for the international community and the EC in particular to contribute to