The Chairperson of the African Union have appointed Special Envoys who have been tasked with mobilising international support for Africa’s efforts to address the economic challenges African countries will face as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Dr. Donald Kaberuka, Tidjane Thiam and Trevor Manuel has been appointed as the African Union’s COVID-19 Special Envoys by the AU’s Chairperson, President Cyril Ramaphosa.
The South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa said, “In the light of the devastating socio-economic and political impact of the pandemic on African countries these institutions need to support African economies that are facing serious economic challenges with a comprehensive stimulus package for Africa, including deferred debt and interest payments. The impact of the Coronavirus pandemic has been global in both scale and reach, and this necessitates coordinated international action to capacitate all countries to respond effectively, but most particularly developing countries that continue to shoulder a historical burden of poverty, inequality and underdevelopment.”
The Special Envoys will try to earn substantial and sustainable support at the earliest as pledged by the G20, the European Union and other international financial institutions.