Not much give from China in its relationship with Africa

“Despite a warm African response to the recent ‘Extraordinary China-Africa Summit on Solidarity Against COVID-19’, not much new came out of the virtual meeting. Crucially, there was no movement on cancellation of the $150bn in concessional loan debt.”

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COVID-19 and the politics of the year of the nurse

“The challenges critical medical personnel are currently facing all lead back to a central question of care. There are three main challenges these critical workers face: insufficient supply of necessary protective equipment on a global scale; growing hostility towards them; and difficulties with access to childcare.”

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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”

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COVID-19: Implications for the ‘digital divide’ in Africa

“COVID-19 has emphasised the ‘digital divide’, a term referring to the uneven access to/distribution of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in societies, which is a global problem. However, it is even more pronounced on the African continent”

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Renewed urgency to implement the African Continental Free Trade Area: How can Africa prepare now?

“Slowdowns in productivity and increased costs are inevitable in this current environment and it will weigh heavily on investor confidence. The planned implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and its related timeline may be affected as key industries such as tourism, transportation and hospitality have been directly affected by travel bans instituted across the region.”

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Are states ready to commit to providing global public goods?

“Comparing the current pandemic with the 2008 financial crisis suggests a critical difference. In 2020 a number of countries, especially the US, the world’s superpower, have taken a turn towards more populism and narrow nationalism and away from global cooperation. Even in the midst of this pandemic, some countries are out to score political points or to question the science or the severity of the pandemic.”

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Fragile African health systems face COVID-19 catastrophe

“Virtually all 55 African countries have confirmed cases. These numbers are set to skyrocket as under-resourced public health systems grapple with containing the pandemic. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, former health minister of Ethiopia, has implored Africa to wake up to the threat , and noted how the continent is least equipped on its own to combat the pandemic.”

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Africa after COVID-19 and the retreat of globalism

“A few weeks into the COVID-19 pandemic, the consensus is that the world will not be the same again… COVID-19 has brought the world economy to a standstill. It has thrown into stark relief the weaknesses in global institutions and international cooperation and revealed the dark underbelly of globalisation’s promise.”

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Ambassador Lin Songtian’s recall signals shifts ahead in China-Africa relationship

“And then he was gone: Lin Songtian, China’s outspoken ambassador to South Africa, who has reshaped how Beijing communicates with the continent, has left South Africa. His departure was hastened by the COVID-19 crisis, but his tenure will have a lingering impact in Africa and beyond.”

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COVID-19: Immunising one country and leaving the rest to their fate not enough to protect citizens

“Saudi Arabia, the current chair of the G20, should convene a virtual meeting of all G20 leaders, and include the WHO to co-ordinate responses to fight the virus. This would entail keeping channels of communication open among world leaders on actions they are taking so as to build trust among citizens in their governments’ and international agencies’ responses.”

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