Source: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) |

Coronavirus: International transport and supply chains key to COVID-19 recovery - UN agencies

Eight UN organizations urge governments to take a risk-based approach to restoring maritime, air, and inland connectivity with minimal restrictions

The social and economic disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting countries’ efforts to improve livelihoods and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The early responses to restraining the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic negatively impacted all transport operations, leading to severe disruptions of supply chains and trade flows worldwide. …

Source: European Investment Bank (EIB) |

Coronavirus: European Investment Bank (EIB) approves € 12.6 billion financing for transport, clean energy, urban development and COVID-19 resilience

Also backed investment in agriculture, water, housing, telecommunications and urban development across Europe, as well as in Africa, Asia and Latin America

€ 3.1 billion for COVID-19 public health and business financing; € 3.5 billion for private sector investment and working capital schemes; € 3 billon for clean energy and energy efficiency investment around the world; € 2 billion for Naples-Bari high speed train link largest loan in EIB history The European…

Source: International Air Transport Association (IATA) |

Coronavirus - Africa: Quarantine Measure Hampering the Restart of Aviation in Africa and the Middle East

Thirty-five countries in Africa and the Middle East have government-imposed quarantine measures in place

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called on governments in Africa and Middle East (AME) to implement testing as an alternative to quarantine measures when re-opening their economies. Thirty-five countries in Africa and the Middle East have government-imposed quarantine measures in place. This is an increase of seven countries…

Source: United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) |

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…

Source: International Air Transport Association (IATA) |

Coronavirus: The Time to Prepare for COVID-19 Vaccine Transport is Now

Air cargo plays a key role in the distribution of vaccines in normal times through well-established global time- and temperature-sensitive distribution systems

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged governments to begin careful planning with industry stakeholders to ensure full preparedness when vaccines for COVID-19 are approved and available for distribution. The association also warned of potentially severe capacity constraints in transporting vaccines by air. Preparedness Air cargo plays a key role…

Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC)
Source: Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) |

Coronavirus: African Union Member States (55) reporting COVID-19 cases as at 5 Septemeber 9am EAT

African Union Member States (55) reporting COVID-19 cases (1,284,261) deaths (30,832), and recoveries (1,024,057) by region:  Central (55,276 cases; 1,047 deaths; 47,526 recoveries):  Burundi (445; 1; 357), Cameroon (19,604; 414; 18,448), CAR (4,729; 62; 1,818), Chad (1,023; 77; 914), Congo (4,856; 82; 3,882), DRC (10,149; 260; 9,411), Equatorial Guinea (4,972;…

International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Source: International Organization for Migration (IOM) |

Coronavirus - Ethiopia: COVID-19 Response Overview - 04 September 2020

168,000+ Individuals reached with hygiene awareness this week

28,600+ Returnee migrants arrived since April 1 168,000+ Individuals reached with hygiene awareness this week 1,508 Currently in quarantine facilities Download Report: https://bit.ly/2F7gdS6 1. Partnerships and Coordination • As the designated lead agency for supporting the Government of Ethiopia (GoE) in the management of migrant returnees, IOM continued to assist…

Source: Novartis |

New collaboration between Novartis and Africa Medical Supplies Platform to facilitate supply of COVID-19 related medicines

The African Union through the Africa Medical Supplies Platform (AMSP) has integrated vetted medical suppliers to ensure rapid access to affordable COVID-19 related supplies

The collaboration aims to help alleviate supply and logistical constraints in the African Union member states; Portfolio of 15 generic and over-the-counter (OTC) medicines from Sandoz division will be sold at zero-profit to governments through Africa Medical Supplies Platform (AMSP) to 55 African and 15 Caricom eligible countries; the African…

Source: International Organization for Migration (IOM) |

IOM Receives New Funding to Support Integrated Humanitarian and Recovery Support in South Sudan

The USD $30,375,000 funding comes at a time when South Sudanese are working towards nation-building

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has received new funding from the United States Agency for International Development’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (USAID/BHA) to step up humanitarian response and recovery efforts in South Sudan. The USD $30,375,000 funding comes at a time when South Sudanese are working towards nation-building following…

International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Source: International Organization for Migration (IOM) |

Coronavirus - Ethiopia: COVID-19 Response Overview

International Organization for Migration (IOM) continued to provide direct assistance to returnee migrants in quarantine facilities

27,700+ Returnee migrants arrived since April 1 22,800+ Individuals reached with hygiene awareness this week 1,593 Currently in quarantine facilities Download Report: https://bit.ly/2ECa28W 1. Partnerships and Coordination • As the designated lead agency for supporting the Government of Ethiopia (GoE) in the management of migrant returnees, IOM continued to assist…