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COVID-19: FAO and African Union commit to safeguarding food security amid crisis

COVID-19: FAO and African Union commit to safeguarding food security amid crisis

17 Apr 20  News
Regional body and UN agency join forces to minimize lockdown’s impact on continent where one in five goes hungry The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO...
Without adequate protection, estimates show that over 300,000 Africans could lose their lives due to COVID-19 – ECA report

Without adequate protection, estimates show that over 300,000 Africans could lose their lives due to COVID-19 – ECA report

17 Apr 20  News
The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), in a new report on the coronavirus pandemic, says over 300,000 Africans could lose their lives due to COVID-19. This, as the pan...
EAC Secretariat urges Partner States to prepare economic recovery plans for the time after COVID-19

EAC Secretariat urges Partner States to prepare economic recovery plans for the time after COVID-19

15 Apr 20  News
The COVID-19 global pandemic is not only a major health crisis that challenges health systems across the globe. It has far reaching ramifications on economies worldwide. The medium...
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni: Media briefing on economy and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni: Media briefing on economy and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

14 Apr 20  News
The Covid-19 pandemic is expected to deepen South Africa's economic woes, and is expected to push the economy into a deep recession during 2020. At a media briefing today, Finance...
Africa’s Response to COVID-19: Key Messages for IMF and WBG Meetings

Africa’s Response to COVID-19: Key Messages for IMF and WBG Meetings

14 Apr 20  News
COVID-19 is a global crisis affecting the whole world. As the days go by the impact of the crisis becomes more visible and more general. Though hit later, Africa is already facin...
Stronger partnerships crucial for successful implementation of SDGs in light of COVID-19

Stronger partnerships crucial for successful implementation of SDGs in light of COVID-19

14 Apr 20  News
The Bureau of the Sixth Session of the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (ARFSD) has met and adopted an action plan establishing key priorities for implementing key ...
How Africa’s economies can hedge against COVID-19

How Africa’s economies can hedge against COVID-19

14 Apr 20  News
In 2018, 44 countries signed the African Continental Free Trade Area at an extraordinary summit in Kigali. There are now 54 signatories. The agreement will create a tariff-free eco...
AU Chair appoints Special Envoys to mobilise international economic support for continental fight against COVID-19

AU Chair appoints Special Envoys to mobilise international economic support for continental fight against COVID-19

13 Apr 20  News
The Chairperson of the African Union, President of the Republic of South Africa His Excellency Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Dr Donald Kaberuka, Mr Tidjane ...
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) drives Sub-Saharan Africa toward first recession in 25 years

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) drives Sub-Saharan Africa toward first recession in 25 years

09 Apr 20  News
For Sub-Saharan Africa, Coronavirus crisis calls for policies for greater resilience Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa has been significantly impacted by the ongoing coronavirus outbre...
COVID-19: The global food supply chain is holding up, for now

COVID-19: The global food supply chain is holding up, for now

08 Apr 20  News
The unfolding COVID-19 pandemic is so far having little impact on the global food supply chain, but that could change for the worse – and soon – if anxiety-driven panic by majo...
African Development Bank Group unveils $10 billion Response Facility to curb COVID-19

African Development Bank Group unveils $10 billion Response Facility to curb COVID-19

08 Apr 20  News
The African Development Bank Group on Wednesday announced the creation of the COVID-19 Response Facility to assist regional member countries in fighting the pandemic. The Facility...
SADC adopts regional Guidelines for harmonising and facilitating movement of critical goods and services across the region during the COVID-19

SADC adopts regional Guidelines for harmonising and facilitating movement of critical goods and services across the region during the COVID-19

08 Apr 20  News
The Council of Ministers of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) held their emergency virtual meeting on 6th April, 2020 where, among others, the Ministers adopte...
Trade set to plunge as COVID-19 pandemic upends global economy

Trade set to plunge as COVID-19 pandemic upends global economy

08 Apr 20  News
World trade is expected to fall by between 13% and 32% in 2020 as the COVID 19 pandemic disrupts normal economic activity and life around the world. The wide range of possibilitie...
COVID-19 impact on investment in Africa

COVID-19 impact on investment in Africa

07 Apr 20  Blog
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic impacts on foreign direct investment (FDI) across the world. In 2019, UNCTAD anticipated global FDI flows to rise marginally in 2020.[1] However...
Recovery from the Economic Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Africa: What Role for Trade?

Recovery from the Economic Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Africa: What Role for Trade?

07 Apr 20  Blog
The economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on African countries will be known only after the situation is brought under control. There will be immediate shocks to livelihoods, a...
Temporary suspension of import tariffs on medical products and equipment essential amid the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa

Temporary suspension of import tariffs on medical products and equipment essential amid the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa

07 Apr 20  Blog
Most African countries do not produce medical products and equipment needed to fight the Coronavirus (COVID-19) including soaps or surface-active agents, respiratory masks, protect...
Impact of COVID-19 on poultry production – view from a woman entrepreneur

Impact of COVID-19 on poultry production – view from a woman entrepreneur

07 Apr 20  Blog
Raseto Agricultural Enterprise produces poultry on contract for Supreme Poultry. In order for us to comply with the lockdown regulations in South Africa, Supreme Poultry arranged a...
Impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the African Economy

Impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the African Economy

06 Apr 20  News
The COVID-19 crisis is affecting the entire world economy and that of Africa. Some key sectors of the African economy are already experiencing a slowdown as a result of the pandemi...
COVID-19: Communiqué of the African Union (AU) Bureau of Heads of State and Government Teleconference Meeting

COVID-19: Communiqué of the African Union (AU) Bureau of Heads of State and Government Teleconference Meeting

06 Apr 20  News
President Cyril Ramaphosa of the Republic of South Africa, and Chairperson of the African Union (AU) convened a second and follow-up teleconference meeting of the AU Bureau of Head...
COVID-19 and the legal Measures employed to deal with the Crisis

COVID-19 and the legal Measures employed to deal with the Crisis

06 Apr 20  Publications
People and businesses around the world are being affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. What began as a health crisis, is now also a global economic crisis. What legal pr...

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