Africa: After COVID-19, Africa Can Come Back Better

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These are challenging times for Africa, and, like the rest of the world, the continent is fighting to recover from the pandemic. But there are ways of helping to ensure that Africa comes back stronger than ever.

By Amina J Mohammed

As of 24 May, 54 countries in Africa had recorded more than 100,000 Covid-19 cases and over 3,000 deaths. And while the number of cases continues to grow, it could have been much worse had it not been for African governments taking preventive action despite weakened environments.

We mourn the lives of the people we have lost and recognise the sorrow and burden of families and loved ones they have left behind. Life as we have known it has changed in unimaginable ways.

Economies and livelihoods have been heavily affected as the demand for Africa's commodities has fallen and tourism has declined sharply. Remittances - which can account for more than 10% of GDP - are also drying up.

Already, the price of oil, which accounts for 40% of Africa's exports and 7.4% of GDP, has declined by half, sharply reducing revenues for countries like Nigeria and Angola. A similar price crash in coffee and cocoa has lowered earnings...

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