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Bangladeshi drugmaker to build factory in Athi

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Bangladeshi firm Square Pharmaceuticals is set to build a factory in Athi River, boosting Kenya’s drug manufacturing profile in East Africa.

Square Pharmaceuticals will commission the construction of the plant next Monday at the Export Processing Zone in Athi River in a ceremony that will be attended by Industrialisation secretary Adan Mohamed.

Square Pharmaceuticals makes a range of drugs, focusing on those that relieve digestive distress, such as anti-acids, digestive stimulants and antidiarrheal medicine. The company also produces herbal products and pesticides.

Over the last three decades, Bangladesh has developed a strong reputation in the pharmaceutical industry, manufacturing up to 97 per cent of the drugs used locally. Square Pharmaceuticals says that the establishment of the Kenya plant will facilitate skills and technology transfer.

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