Coronavirus disease and migrant remittances

“The Economic Commission for Africa projects that remittance inflows to Africa could decline by 21 percent in 2020, implying $18 billion less will go to the people who rely on that money.”

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Secretary-General’s remarks to the First Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator Facilitation Council Meeting

“‘We must start immediately by massively expanding new and existing tools that can rapidly respond to new cases and provide vital treatment to suppress transmission and save lives, especially over the next 12 months. I know many pin their hopes on a vaccine — but let’s be clear: there is no panacea in a pandemic.'”

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Gender should be central to Africa’s COVID-19 economic recovery initiatives

“Unless a gender perspective is embraced in COVID-19 recovery initiatives, the ongoing global health pandemic will amplify existing gender disparities leading to worse outcomes for women, especially cross border traders.”

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Vera Songwe urges China to participate in the G20 Debt Service Suspension Initiative in support of Africa’s liquidity needs

“Economic Commission for Africa’s Executive Secretary, Vera Songwe, has called on China to honour the pledge made by President Xi Jinping on his country’s participation in the G20 Debt Service Suspension Initiative, which she said, ‘would go a long way towards supporting Africa’s liquidity needs during this difficult time.'”

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Keeping the SDGs promise still possible even with COVID-19, says Songwe

“Africa may have lost some momentum on its quest to achieve the sustainable development goals by 2030 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic but the continent can fast track and get back on track, said Ms. Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa.”

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Renewable energy investments crucial in Africa’s efforts to build back better post COVID-19

“It is essential for African governments to build back strong from the coronavirus crisis by placing investments in sustainable energy among the central recovery goals, and linking recovery investment to strengthening the foundation of future sustainable development.”

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Facilitating Cross-Border Trade Through a Coordinated African Response to COVID-19

“The coronavirus disease pandemic has presented the African continent with unprecedented economic challenges. In order to contain cross-border transmission of the virus, countries have introduced various restrictions to cross-border and transit freight transportation.”

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Identity for development in post-COVID-19 Africa

“‘COVID-19 has enabled us to explore new platforms and ways of identifying people,’ said Vera Songwe, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) who suggested that digital platforms such as Facebook, Google etc could help ‘change the way we do censuses, identify, and locate people.'”

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COVID-19 in African Cities: Impacts, Responses and Policies

“Globally, urban areas are the epicenters of the epidemic accounting for the vast majority of the confirmed COVID-19 cases. This report looks at the impacts, responses and policy pathways related to COVID 19 in the context of cities in Africa.”

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Policymakers and business leaders to review the future of e-commerce in Africa amidst COVID-19 challenges

“During the pandemic, e-commerce solutions have played a critical role in ensuring business continuity for many companies. They have been a crucial channel for providing vital goods and services. For many micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in Africa, e-commerce has offered a lifeline and can continue to play a principal role in their economic recovery.”

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