Time Will Tell the Impact of COVID-19 on African Economies

Many countries on the continent have a high dependence on commodity exports to China, relatively weak sovereign balance sheets, high debt burdens and volatile currencies, among numerous other external fragilities. Tanzania's safari tours have taken a dip, while Kenya has cancelled its flights from Italy and South Africa's currency has taken a serious knock. Although the infection rate in Africa has been minimal to date, concern is mounting that its arrival on a bigger scale is imminent, and that the continent won't be adequately prepared for the fallout, writes Ronak Gopaldas for the Institute of Security Studies.

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