Strategic planning referred by some as prescription for action is an association’s process of defining its strategy, or direction, and making decisions on allocating its resources to pursue this strategy, including its material, financial and human resources. Strategic Planning is the formal consideration of an organization's future course.
Clearly understanding the importance of developing a strategic plan for the association, the former executive committee of the association began the process of strategic planning a year ago by assigning a strategic planning committee composed of five senior pharmacy professionals. In August 2007, the strategic planning committee submitted zero draft of the strategic plan for extensive discussion as well as enrichment in the general assembly and subsequent transformation in to first draft strategic plan. The first draft was further discussed, commented and criticized at a workshop attended by more than fifty (50) participants in November 2007 at Adama. Comments, suggestions as well as recommendations given by the general assembly, the workshop participants and other concerned professionals is incorporated into the first draft to develop this final strategic plan of the Ethiopian Pharmaceutical Association (EPA) for the year 2008-2012 G.C.
The Ethiopian Pharmaceutical Association (EPA) prepares this strategic plan to ensure the association meets the objectives of its existence and serves the needs of its members. During the development of this strategic plan, time is spent validating the mission and vision statements, ensuring the core principals of the association are defined, understanding the impact of current and future trends, evaluating the effectiveness of the organization, reviewing the priorities of the association's members, identifying the key areas where association resources will be devoted and determining the future agendas for the association.
The Ethiopian Pharmaceutical Association has a reputation for being one of the most innovative professional associations in the country. Thoughtful planning, dedicated members and strong leadership commitment are key reasons the association remains a viable force within Ethiopia and ardent advocate of pharmacy profession. The long-range strategic plans identified in this document are intended to be accomplished over the next five years. Financial and human resources (staff and volunteers) will be devoted to successfully accomplishing these goals to strengthen our association but more importantly to advance our profession and serve the public professionally.
I feel extremely honored and privileged to present and here by approve the strategic plan of our respected association.
President, Ethiopian Pharmaceutical Association
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia