News & Analysis: Policy coordination

How Africa can curb illicit financial flows to strengthen economies post COVID-19

“Deepening regional integration on the continent through the AfCFTA can build resilient economies post-COVID-19. By 2025, the AfCFTA could boost Africa’s total exports by 29%, intracontinental trade by more than 81% and African exports to the rest of the world by 19%.”

via Mail & Guardian

Interview with Lionel Zinsou: Priorities for Private Sector Growth and Attracting Investment in a Post-Pandemic Africa

Lionel Zinsou, Founder and Managing Partner of SouthBridge and former Prime Minister of Benin talks to COVID-19 Africa Watch about opportunities for private sector growth and investment post-COVID-19.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

Kagame: COVID-19 has highlighted the importance of stronger health systems

“President Paul Kagame joined other heads of state to address the world during the first day of the United Nations General Assembly, which was this year held virtually due to COVID-19. ‘This is not a time for doubt or hesitation. We have the tools to meet this test and prevail,’ Kagame told the General Assembly.”

via The New Times

How the African Union is rallying to combat COVID-19

“The pandemic adversely affected most AU plans, with physical meetings or summits being postponed after most AU member states imposed travel restrictions and national lockdowns to prevent the spread of the virus.”

via The Africa Report

As rich nations struggle, Africa’s virus response is praised

“The coronavirus pandemic has fractured global relationships. But as director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, John Nkengasong has helped to steer Africa’s 54 countries into an alliance praised as responding better than some richer countries, including the United States.”

via AP News

Nigeria’s House Speaker Rallies Other Legislative Leaders Across Africa in New Appeal for Debt Relief

“Nigeria’s outspoken Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, is mobilizing his legislative counterparts in half a dozen other African countries, including Kenya, South Africa, and Ethiopia, to speak out on the need for immediate debt relief and even outright debt cancellation.”

via China-Africa Project

Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals Despite the Pandemic: Interview with Professor Allam Ahmed

Prof. Allam Ahmed, founding President of the World Association for Sustainable Development, speaks to COVID-19 Africa Watch about financing the SDGs, human capital, and access to electricity.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

Economic Update for Togo: The Coronavirus Is Exerting Pressure on the Economy

“The crisis triggered by the global coronavirus pandemic is expected to lead to a decline in growth from 5.3% in 2019 to 1% in 2020. However, growth is expected to gradually return to pre-crisis levels beginning in 2022, fueled by government investment in infrastructure and an uptick in private investment.”

via World Bank

Interview with K.Y. Amoako on Africa’s Economic Recovery and Transformation

COVID-19 Africa Watch speaks to K.Y. Amoako, President of the African Center for Economic Transformation, about the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic across the continent.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

In wake of COVID-19, African Union to keep AfCFTA on track with digital technology

“Since the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, the AU Commission, like most intergovernmental organisations around the world, has shifted most of its activities online.”

via Trade Law Centre