The Forum on Thursday hosted its latest virtual briefing on the impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic on Africa, in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO).
The speakers included:
Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa
Hon Dr. Gerardine Mukeshimana, Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources, Republic of Rwanda
Chris Nikoi, Regional Director, World Food Programme, West and Central Africa
Dr Michel Yao, WHO Emergency Operations Programme Manager
The webinar session was moderated by:
Adrian Monck, Managing Director, World Economic Forum
- After the US defunded the WHO, the European Investment Bank has stepped up to help Africa
- Africa is strategically important to China, and Beijing must realise that times like these require trade-offs between its national goals and the global good
- China rarely agrees to debt write-offs.
- African countries are important to China’s long-run development agenda.
- Debt write-offs may be necessary if both want to benefit from the changed world economy, post-coronavirus.
- Coronavirus is severely testing Africa’s social, economic and political resilience.
- COVID-19 is forcing African states to invest in their health systems.
- A lack of essential healthcare supplies has triggered a debate about the necessary industrialization of Africa.
On April 29, 2020, Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) held an online conference “The Future of Africa in the Context of Energy Crisis and COVID-19 Pandemic”.
- A Californian company that delivers vital medical supplies by drone in Rwanda and Ghana is now providing clinics with PPE and coronavirus test samples.
- The drones can deliver up to 85 km away, and arrive within 30 minutes.
- A new program will explore similar deliveries in the United States.
- Drones also used in China and Chile during the COVID-19 outbreak.
- Africa’s swift action to contain COVID-19 has been effective in suppressing transmission so far.
- There is broad support for stay-at-home orders, but this could weaken easily.
- 69% of survey respondents said getting enough food and water would be difficult if they had to stay home for 14 days.
La crisis del coronavirus en África despierta viejos fantasmas sobre la posibilidad de una catástrofe en el continente. Para evitarla, es necesario despojarse de prejuicios arraigados, vislumbrar lecciones y oportunidades y, sobre todo, apostar por la investigación para reducir desigualdades.
Autor:Oriol Puig, investigador, CIDOB