President Kagame, France’s Macron and five African heads of state exchange ideas on coronavirus response

On 4 April 2020 at 04:40

President Paul Kagame has held a video conference with President Emmanuel Macron of France, David Malpass, President of the World Bank on April 3rd, 2020, chaired by Cyril Ramaphosa, African Union Chairman. The meeting focused on finding sustainable solutions to counter the impacts of coronavirus.

Presidents Macky Sall of Senegal, Kenyatta, Keita, Al Sissi, Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali of Ethiopia, Moussa Faki, African Union Commission Chairman and Dr Tedros, World Health Organization (WHO) Director General were also part of the meeting.

In a message posted via Twitter, President Kagame stated "We discussed the need for Africa to stand together,speak with one voice &work through our institutions to mobilize resources and harmonize the support from international partners.Thank you to initiatives by African institutions such as the African Development Bank and the Trade Finance Bank of Africa for their support."

President Kagame thanked them for their commitment and contribution towards mitigating the health and economic impacts of COVID-19.

On April 3rd, 2020, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed commented on the conference call in a Twitter post which read "With updates on actions taken and challenges the continent faces, we discussed the need for collective leadership to circumvent the adverse effects of the #COVID19 crisis. A coordinated African approach is critical as we pursue economic responses with global partners."

President Kagame recently held discussions with Kristalina Georgiva, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Georgiva reiterated the IMF commitment to support African countries during the COVID-19 crisis and thanked President Kagame for his exemplary leadership.

"The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Executive Board has approved a $109.4 million (Rwf 104 billion) disbursement to Rwanda to address the challenges posed by COVID-19 pandemic."

IMF stated that economic impacts of the coronavirus are expected to deteriorate within the coming period and many countries will struggle to meet their fiscal and financial needs.

Currently, 89 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Rwanda while the number of patients has reached over a million globally. 58, 127 people died from the virus while 227,716 recovered.

President Paul Kagame has held a video conference with President Emmanuel Macron of France