By Azu Ishiekwene
GLOBAL response to the outbreak of the coronavirus in Africa has been remarkable, especially following fears that should the virus take hold, its impact on the continent could be catastrophic. Twenty of the 80 beneficiaries of the $50billion announced as emergency financing facility by the International Monetary Fund, IMF, are in Africa.
The charity map also shows that the World Bank, the European Union, EU; the African Development Bank, AfDB; some members of the G7, development agencies and the private sector have not been left out. A brief country tour might help bring the picture home. Zimbabwe, which was already on its knees before the outbreak of COVID-19, got €68.4million from the EU; $5million from the World Bank; $3million from the US; and $15.3 from Japan.
Three countries in the horn of Africa – Ethiopia, Somalia and Djibouti – which had barely recovered from the devastation brought on by a plague of locusts, got a special COVID-19 package of…
Source: Vanguard Newspaper