News & Analysis: Namibia

Namibia’s borders open, conditional to neighbours

“As the six-month long COVID-19 state of emergency lapses, Namibia’s borders are once again open but travel might still be limited as some other countries remain locked down.”

via The Namibian

Geingob ponders lifting Namibia’s state of emergency

“President Hage Geingob is pondering lifting the state of emergency imposed six months ago among a raft of measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 as the country reported its 100th death over the weekend.”

via The Namibian

Windhoek inmates fear for their safety

“Inmates at Windhoek Correctional Facility fear contracting COVID-19 after four of them, who spent time in a cell with other inmates, tested positive for the novel coronavirus last week.”

via The Namibian

African Fiscal Vulnerabilities: Effects of 2020 Global Support Initiatives

“Fiscal vulnerabilities among African sovereigns had been building up in the years leading to 2020’s pandemic, driven by challenging economic conditions; unfavourable changes in exchange rates and commodity prices; in addition to significant borrowing, including loans from China, which today is Africa’s largest bilateral lender, alongside greater bond issuance.”

via Scope Ratings

Coronavirus takes toll on health workers (Namibia)

“333 health workers have been infected with the coronavirus, with 223 of these people employed in government health facilities, 109 working in the private health sector, and one attached to a non-governmental organisation.”

via The Namibian

The AfCFTA’s effects on trade and wages in Africa

“AfCFTA, if implemented fully, could boost regional income by $450 billion, bring 30 million people out of extreme poverty, and raise the incomes of 68 million others who live on less than $5.50 a day.”

via Brookings Institution

Southern Africa: Why risk financing is critically important during COVID-19 recovery

“We don’t know how long the COVID-19 pandemic will last, but the prospect of finding an effective vaccine is likely. In contrast, the risk of climatic shocks remains. Many countries in the Southern Africa region have taken the first steps in increasing their financial preparedness to respond to shocks.”

via World Bank

Kenyan company starts exporting COVID-19 swabs

“Revital Health Care Limited has begun exporting COVID-19 reagents to 14 countries including Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Namibia, and Zambia among others. The chairman said Revital health care limited was the only company in Africa which can manufacture 80, 000 viral transport media and swabs a day.”

via The Star (Kenya)

Namibia: Highest COVID-19 Infection Rate in Africa

“As per global statistics, Namibia now tops African countries in the number of confirmed cases reported daily, with an average of eight cases per 100,000 people daily. South Africa is reported to be at seven cases per 100,000 people, minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula said over the weekend.”

via The Namibian

The promise of digitising cash transfers in sub-Saharan Africa during COVID-19 and beyond

“This year, the coronavirus pandemic has forced governments to grapple with difficult questions regarding lockdowns, contact tracing and the provision of emergency financial assistance to citizens now without work. In developing countries, these hardships are magnified with the World Bank estimating that remittances – money transfers sent from foreign workers to their home countries – to low and middle-income countries (LMICs) are projected to fall by 19.7 percent (from $554 billion in 2019 to $445 billion in 2020). Considering the significant role that remittances play in alleviating poverty and improving nutrition, many governments have turned to mobile cash transfers for vulnerable citizens to use while minimising COVID-19 exposure.”

via Africa Portal