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Coronavirus - North Africa 35th Intergovernmental Committee of Senior Officials and Experts (ICSOE) to Discuss Conditions for Sound, Post-COVID-19 Recovery in North Africa

This year’s edition of the ICSOE meeting for North Africa is taking place as the sub-region is suffering from one of the biggest economic chocs in its modern history

The ECA office for North Africa will organise the 35th meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee of Senior Officials and Experts (ICSOE) for North Africa on Tuesday 17 November, under the theme: “Recovering from COVID-19: Policies and Strategies for North Africa”. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s edition of the event…

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United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and Institute of International Finance (IIF) Host Private Investors, African Finance and Development Ministers to Discuss the Role of Private Capital During the Crisis, and Post-Pandemic Recovery

This meeting also follows up from the ministers of finance and development meetings the ECA has been convening as part of its support to member states on the crisis

The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the Institute of International Finance (IIF) released the following statement after a virtual meeting of delegates representing African finance and development ministries, and the private creditor community to discuss the role of the private sector in supporting low-income countries through the…

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Coronavirus - Africa: New ECA report calls on governments to harmonize trade & cross-border policies

The report recommends that African nations should cooperate and harmonize COVID-19 border regulations to reduce delays

The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) on Thursday launched a new COVID-19 cross-border trade report urging governments on the continent to adopt and harmonize policies that will help continent strike an appropriate balance between curbing the spread of the virus and facilitating emergency and essential trade. Titled Facilitating cross-border trade through…

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Coronavirus - Africa: Vera Songwe urges China to participate in the G20 Debt Service Suspension Initiative in support of Africa’s liquidity needs

China has been at the forefront, calling on the international community to increase support in the fight against the epidemic in Africa

Economic Commission for Africa’s Executive Secretary, Vera Songwe, has called on China to honour the pledge made by President Xi Jinping on his country’s participation in the G20 Debt Service Suspension Initiative (DSSI), which she said, “would go a long way towards supporting Africa’s liquidity needs during this difficult time.”…

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Coronavirus - Africa: Industrialization and economic diversification at the heart of a reviewed PREF-CEMAC

In line with ECA's campaign on the structural transformation of the economies of Central Africa, CEMAC countries have just adopted a five-year post-COVID-19 recovery plan that prioritizes industrialization and economic diversification

CEMAC member States plan to make industrialization and economic diversification a key to the zone’s second generation economic programmes and the post-COVID-19 economic recovery plan, as advocated by the Sub-regional Office for Central Africa of the UN Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). The 11th session of the Steering Committee of…

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Coronavirus - Africa: Strengthening women’s access to climate information services crucial to improve their ability to adapt to climate risks

African governments and institutions should provide incentives for women and girls to engage in climate information and services (CIS)

The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP) on Thursday hosted a webinar in which participants discussed ways through which member States and institutions can strengthen the engagement of women in climate information and services (CIS) which they can utilize to support…

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Coronavirus - Africa will need a lot of energy to power its COVID-19 recovery, says Vera Songwe

The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Executive Secretary said the issue of the continent’s energy was not transition but energy substitution

Africa will need a lot of energy to build back better in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Vera Songwe, said Wednesday. Speaking during a Res4Africa webinar on scaling up renewable energy investments in Africa, Ms. Songwe said actions to ensure…

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Coronavirus - Africa: Renewable energy investments crucial in Africa’s efforts to build back better post COVID-19

Africa, like the rest of the world, has been severely affected by the spread of COVID-19 in the recent months

It is essential for African governments to build back strong from the coronavirus crisis by placing investments in sustainable energy among the central recovery goals, and linking recovery investment to strengthening the foundation of future sustainable development. This was said Wednesday by Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Executive Secretary, Ms.…

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Coronavirus - Africa: Treat climate crisis with same urgency as COVID-19 pandemic; new Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) paper

Paper addresses climate emergency and lessons from COVID-19

A post coronavirus recovery in Africa should address the fundamental causes of vulnerabilities and go beyond fiscal and monetary adjustments whose sole aim is to ensure the survival and perpetuation of the current system of production, consumption and distribution which is responsible for the climate crisis, according to a new…

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Coronavirus - Africa: Over 600 million mobile subscribers in Africa to benefit from first-of-its-kind digital health platform

The platform will also allow COVID-taskforces to deploy health and economic resources to mitigate the pandemic’s impact

“With this platform, we have the possibility of reaching between 600 million and 800 million mobile subscribers in Africa,” said Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), during the virtual launch of the Africa Communication and Information Platform for Health and Economic Action (ACIP) on 23…