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Don’t Defer Plans For Africa’s Development Due To Covid-19 – AU Told

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Ghana’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has cautioned the African Union (AU) against deferring actions and plans that will advance Africa’s trade and development amid coronavirus.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, in a statement released on May 25, 2020, described the covid-19 outbreak in Africa as a major test of the resolve  of the African Union and its member countries to advance the development of Africa.

In the statement to mark the 2020 edition of the African Union Day on May 25, 2020, the Ghanaian Ministry noted categorically that “while dealing with the pandemic, Africa cannot defer urgent action on plans and programmes that will advance continental trade and development.”

According to the Ministry, “it is, therefore, only through our collective efforts and resilience that we can position Africa in the right place among the comity of nations.”

AU began 2020 with the theme: “Silencing The Guns: Creating Conducive Conditions for Africa’s Development.”

The AU has kept the above theme for the past three years.

The Ministry lamented about how the novel viral disease has devastated the world’s most robust economies and heightened uncertainty amongst the investor community.

“Despite the relatively lower Morbidity among Africa’s victims, our economies, still very reliant on foreign aid and in-flows have taken a disproportionate hit.”

“Thus, the impact of the disease on African economies have been very disruptive.”

“Several countries in Africa – Ghana inclusive – have had their economic targets and rating revised. This bleak outlook notwithstanding, Africa is optimistic of riding the storm and coming out successfully from the pandemic, with as minimal damage as possible,” according to the Ministry.

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