Adcock Ingram muscles up for government business

Pharmaceuticals giant Adcock Ingram has roped in Doreen Kosi, former Chief Director in the Presidency, to serve as the firm’s Government Relations Executive. The firm said this is to further align itself with Government’s strategic objectives to improve the health of all South Africans.

The JSE listed firm, Adcock Ingram, has a great need for someone who understands the ins and outs of government. A significant portion of its income is derived from government tenders, that is supply of medicines/drugs to the public health sector.

The antiretroviral space deserves a special mention in this space. In December last year the department of

Towards the end of last year the National Department of Health doled out two years ARV supply contracts to the value of R6bn. Adcock Ingram was awarded a contract valued around R825m in last year’s round. In accepting last year’s tender the company noted that its share was more than three times the previous allocation. But then this share was still way behind competitors like Aspen and Cipla Medpro.

In the statement announcing Kosi’s Adcock appointment, Adcock Ingram said “In this day and age the public and private sectors no longer strictly walk separate paths.  Whether they like it or not, these sectors are becoming intrinsically linked as end goals often coincide.  It has become increasingly apparent that the public and the private sectors are interdependent in the future health, wealth and prosperity of this nation”. Adcock Ingram it has taken this to heart by appointing “a governmental go-getter” Kosi as its new Government Relations Executive.

The company added that it has committed itself to supporting government health policies in particular and recently injected R2bn into the upgrades of its facilities to keep up with fast-growing healthcare demands. “One of these commitments includes fulfilling its tender obligation to supply 25% of antiretrovirals (ARVs) to the Department of Health.  Doreen Kosi lies at the heart of the implementation of this strategy”.

Kosi said “My role at Adcock Ingram is to take charge of building and maintaining a sustainable government relations agenda and serve as a strategic liaison between government and Adcock. My experience in the public sector environment and the strategic relationships I have built and maintained over the years should enable me to thrive in this position.”

The Adckock Ingram statement said in her 17 years in the public service, Kosi worked under four deputy presidents, including South Africa’s current president, Jacob Zuma, back when he was a deputy president.  Through this Kosi was able to sharpen her intellectual capacity in policy-making and innovation.  She also improved her interpersonal, communication, management, leadership, emotional intelligence and community relations skills, giving her an edge in dealing with complex leadership styles and issues, as well high-level politicians and captains of industries.

The statement added after a long and fruitful career, Kosi left public sector life as she felt she had fulfilled her purpose, especially in the policy making arena.  It was time for her to migrate to the private sector to help articulate and demystify government policies to ensure better alignment, implementation, and adherence – her way of promoting economic development in South Africa.

Kosi added that “I am proud to have had the rare opportunity of serving the highest office in the land.  With all those great leaders who came in and out of that office, I managed to benefit from their leadership, make my own contribution, develop academically and administratively, inspire others, remain true to myself and come out a stronger person”.

“My experience has empowered me to make a difference in the private sector,” says Kosi.  “I have a responsibility to join those who are working tirelessly on bridging the gap between the private and public sectors by imparting the knowledge and skills I have acquired to benefit both sectors, and ultimately, my beloved country.”

The statement added that Kosi is a firm believer in public-private partnerships, and Adcock Ingram already has existing CSI programmes in place that work with communities and government.  Her aim is to scale these programmes up to have a more dynamic and lasting impact on communities.  She does not want Adcock to simply tick off compliance boxes, but to actually make a difference in the upliftment of society.  Kosi says there is no better platform for her to achieve this than Adcock Ingram.  “Together, we will definitely do more!” she said.

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