Report on African Ministers of Finance Meeting: Emergency Request to the international Community on COVID-19 Response

Over 41 African countries are now hit with the Coronavirus. The numbers have gone from below 70 people affected ten days ago, to over 1,200 as of March 22, 2020. Recognizing the impact that the COVID-19 is having and is going to have on African economies, an African Ministers of Finance web conference hosted and organized by the Economic Commission for Africa, to discuss its COVID-19 impact on Africa. This was co-chaired by Tito Mboweni, Minister for Finance, South Africa and Ken Ofori-Atta, Minister for Finance, Ghana. This letter is to share what Africa has done and plans to do, but also to show how and where your institutions could assist. We are also aware that there are global discussions that are going on in the different intergovernmental configurations such as the G-20, and this letter presents the efforts and ideas from the African Ministers of Finance for coordination purposes. Read more

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More:  Our economic assessments of the impact of COVID-19  presented to the African Ministers of Finance can be found here: uneca.org/vc-covid19-impact-africa