IMF Press Conference on the Regional Economic Outlook Update for Sub-Saharan Africa

“Sub-Saharan Africa’s economy is now expected to contract by 3.2 percent in 2020, this is double the contraction we expected in April. It represents by far the worst performance on record. It implies a 7 percentage points swing from the growth we were expecting prior to the crisis for 2020.”

via IMF

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 coronavirus is jeopardizing a ‘very, very finite’ workforce: Africa’s doctors and nurses

“The coronavirus pandemic has tightened its grip on much of Africa, where reported cases have more than tripled over the last month, jeopardizing overstretched medical teams as the need for care soars.”

via Washington Post

Coronavirus: How Africa’s supply chains are evolving

“The coronavirus lockdown measures imposed by governments around the world have caused severe disruption to supply chains.”

via BBC

Projecting the impact of COVID-19 on exports in Ethiopia

“Total export earnings have increased due to increases in certain commodities. It is important to ascertain if the trend continues or not to plan mitigation measures proactively. Fortunately, Ethiopia’s agricultural exports are likely to experience gradual recovery, given export destination countries are gradually re-opening their economies.”

via International Growth Centre

Ramping up early detection of COVID-19 with limited resources: The role of pool testing

“What is required urgently is a rethink of how to increase testing with the limited available test kits. In this regard, the Ghanaian pool testing experiment provides a useful starting point.”

via International Growth Centre

How the West gets the WHO and Tedros wrong

“Western failings and US-China’s tensions led to unfair accusations against the global health body and its Ethiopian boss, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.”

via Ethiopia Insight

Beyond Remittances: COVID-19 And The ‘Future’ Of African Diaspora-Homeland Relations

“Beyond the volume of remittances, COVID-19 raises questions and opens the possibility of transforming the mechanics of remittances; the change from cash-based transactions to technology-enabled formats such as mobile money.”

via African Leadership Centre

Reviving Ethiopia’s press post-pandemic

“Ethiopia’s media outlets have been hit hard by COVID-19 and are in dire need of economic life-support from the government.”

via Ethiopia Insight

Coronavirus: ‘Status quo of women not sustainable, balance must be tilted’

“It is no secret that across the board, women are at a socioeconomic disadvantage compared to men; accordingly, the coronavirus pandemic is exposing and magnifying the extent of this inequality. As concerns for jobs, livelihoods and the state of the economy are being debated, it is crucial that we take a gendered approach to highlight the impact of the current global pandemic on women.”

via The Africa Report