Sisi: Egypt keen to provide financial support for Africa’s anti-coronavirus fund

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi on Thursday took part in a mini-summit via video conferencing, which brought together member states of the African Union (AU)’s Bureau.

The mini-summit included South African President and the current chairman of the African Union Cyril Ramaphosa, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, Democratic Republic of Congo’s President Felix Tshisekedi and Chairperson of the AU Commission Moussa Faki.

The meeting touched on the repercussions of the novel coronavirus pandemic on African states and means of dealing with consequences of this crisis in cooperation with international partners ahead of the G20 summit, to be held later on Thursday, Presidential Spokesman Bassam Rady said.

The African leaders agreed on establishing a fund to provide necessary resources to support the anti-coronavirus efforts in Africa and confront the economic repercussions expected in the continent; in the same way applied in combating the Ebola virus in a number of African countries.

Sisi asserted Egypt’s keenness to provide the financial support required to create the fund in addition to another financial support to the Africa Center for Disease Control (Africa CDC), the premises of which is to be hosted by Egypt, added the spokesman.

The leaders also agreed on forming a work group under the umbrella of the African Union via coordination and cooperation among all African countries.

The work group shall be responsible for exchanging expertise and information as regards fighting the coronavirus as well as briefing the public opinion in Africa on the latest developments in this regard.

The leaders also reached a consensus about focusing on maximizing domestic production of chemical substances in African countries and launching campaigns to raise peoples’ awareness about means of confronting the coronavirus.

On that score, they asserted the importance of bolstering efforts and coordination among the AU’s bodies concerned and various regional economic blocs in the African continent.

Meanwhile, President Sisi introduced an initiative to be submitted to the G20 states to consider providing debt relief to African countries, either via rescheduling, delay or forgiveness in coordination with regional and international financial institutions, such as the Islamic Development Bank, the African Development Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

Sisi asserted that counter-terrorism efforts in Africa constitute an additional burden in the coming stage in light of the efforts exerted to combat the coronavirus in the continent, which he said requires international support, particularly from the G20 states.

Source: State Information Service Egypt