What About Africa's Small, Medium Businesses During COVID-19?

The impact of the novel coronavirus on big business across the continent is well documented, however, the pandemic's effect on small to medium business enterprises cannot be overlooked. Speaking during an online media briefing, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO Regional Director for Africa, said that 70% of Africa's working population earns their livelihoods via these businesses. As economic growth slows, Moeti said the UN Economic Commission for Africa projected that up to 27 million people may be pushed into extreme poverty due to the pandemic.

Social distancing in a Nairobi market.

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