Africa has reacted quickly to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. Leaders across the continent have initiated lockdowns, and both the African Union and the African Centre for Disease Control (CDC) have stepped up to address the situation on a continent-wide level by publishing the Africa Joint Continental Strategy for COVID-19 Outbreak. Ethiopia’s Prime Minister and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Abiy Ahmed has called for emergency package worth 150 bn dollars for Africa to boost health spending, shore up foreign reserves and patch up social safety nets. If the virus is not defeated in Africa “it will only bounce back to the rest of the world”, he warns.
The IMF-World Bank meeting on April 17 will seek a coordinated international response to these and other demands, and the European Commission is readying its own initiative for African countries.
This new Strategic Conversations series invites key policymakers to share their views on a range of important and strategically relevant issues through interviews with senior thinkers on the Friends of Europe team.
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- “Three scenarios for a Covid-19 world: we can still make the right choices” by Shada Islam
- “The coronavirus: what could be the strategic implications” by Jamie Shea
- “State of denial: how the coronavirus caught the West off guard” by Zachary McGuinness
- “Come on Europe, we need you!” by Etienne Davignon
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- How serious is the current COVID-19 situation in Africa?
- What can the international community do to help in the short term?
- What longer term measures are need to ensure a quick recovery?
- By Jamie Shea
- By Josep Borrell Fontelles
- By Krystal Gaillard
- Eye on the Geopolitical Ball
- Area of Expertise
- Peace, Security & Defence
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