Africa free-trade vision clouded by virus and pace of talks

“AfCFTA was supposed to take operational effect on Wednesday, July 1, but the timeline has slipped, under the complications caused by the COVID-19 outbreak but also the slow pace of negotiations themselves.”

via The East African

The ABC triangle: Putting the AfCFTA, Brexit, and COVID-19 to work for Africa

“The entry into force of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) on May 30, 2019, the official withdrawal of the U.K. from the European Union (Brexit) on January 31, 2020, and the COVID-19 pandemic in which we are currently mired. If policymakers act fast to seize the opportunities that this ‘ABC’ triangle of events offer and reset U.K-Africa trade relations, a win-win partnership can emerge.”

via Brookings Institution

Coronavirus: Which African airlines are taking off and when?

“After more than three months without flying, airline companies are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Since 25 June, Royal Air Maroc began operating a portion of its domestic flights (Agadir, Dakhla, Laâyoune and Oujda) from its Casablanca hub, followed by its other hubs, Marrakech and Tangier. The low-cost airline Air Arabia Maroc will also resume operations on the same date.”

via The Africa Report

The pandemic has shifted patterns of conflict in Africa

“In Africa, it was hoped that movement restrictions and fear of infection might halt fighting, creating space for dialogue in even the most intractable conflicts. Yet… tracking activity over the past 10 weeks, ACLED found that conflict rates held steady across the continent, but patterns of violence have shifted as armed groups and governments take advantage of the pandemic to make moves on political priorities.”

via Mail & Guardian

Africa should set COVID-19 recovery milestones now – Vera Songwe

“‘We are yet to know how long the COVID-19 crisis will last, but we need to set the milestones for recovery now,’ said UN Under Secretary General and Executive Secretary of ECA Vera Songwe.”


Is COVID-19 as infectious and fatal in Ethiopia? Perhaps not

“Ethiopia’s low rate is puzzling considering the fact that WHO had listed it as among the most at-risk African nations because of its relatively high air connectivity and urban population density.”

via Ethiopia Insight

AfCFTA could significantly mitigate COVID-19’s economic impact in Africa

“COVID-19 is, at the same time, both a supply shock and demand shock. Given the magnitude of both shocks, the COVID-19 crisis may lead to an significant reorganization of global value chains, perhaps leading to a higher reliance on regional value chains.”

via Brookings Institution

Cybercrime and COVID-19: A concern for financial stability during the pandemic

“The spread of COVID-19 has sent a shockwave through the financial sectors of the world and poses substantial cyber risks for strategic sectors of the economy”


What African Nations Are Teaching the West About Fighting the Coronavirus

“Although cases on the continent are increasing, many African countries are not seeing the exponential daily growth in confirmed cases, nor in mortality, that has been happening in the United States and Western Europe.”

via The New Yorker

Coronavirus in Africa: Prison fever

“What are the consequences of the pandemic on the living conditions in African prisons?”

via Prison Insider