An organisation promoting collaboration between African chemists will be launched on 23 February in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.
The federation's activities will include publishing a newsletter and organising workshops and scientific meetings.
Shem Wandiga, chair of the Kenya Chemical Society, told SciDev.Net that the federation "will help African chemists to collaborate on programmes that are relevant and important for the development of the discipline and of African societies".
He added the continent's chemists are rarely in contact with each other, and that the federation could help overcome this.
The federation will be launched ahead of the annual congress of the Chemical Society of Ethiopia, which takes place in Addis Ababa from 24 to 25 February.
Membership will be open to African chemists and non-profit societies whose membership consists largely of qualified chemists.