Call for a “new deal” for Africa
About thirty leaders from Africa, Europe and the Middle East called for a « new deal » to help the African continent overcome the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, in a call initiated by Presidents Emmanuel Macron (France), Paul Kagame (Rwanda), Cyril Ramaphosa (South Africa) and Macky Sall (Senegal). “If the health shock is to date better controlled there than elsewhere, it could however be more lasting, deep and destabilizing for the whole planet”, they warn in a column published by The world Wednesday June 2.
This “Refoundation” must include an increased mobilization of financial resources in favor of Africa. The challenge is to bring to a successful conclusion the discussions around “special drawing rights”, these monetary assets of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), in order to succeed in reallocating “100 billion dollars for the benefit of the African continent and other vulnerable countries”, according to the signatories of the forum.
The other major axis of this « new deal » concerned “Access to vaccines”, from more equitable sharing of existing doses to technology transfers and the lifting of patents to encourage the production of vaccines directly on the continent. These proposals will be discussed at the G7 summit which opens on June 11 in the United Kingdom and to which South Africa has been invited. An emergency as vaccine deliveries are “Almost at a standstill” in Africa, while cases of the virus have increased by 20% in the past two weeks, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. “The threat of a third wave is real and growing”, alerted its regional director, Matshidiso Moeti.