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Uhuru Joins Nine Presidents in Conference Call to Discuss COVID-19
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|Uhuru Joins Nine Presidents in Conference Call to Discuss COVID-19 by Kenyans247(1): Sun 05, April, 2020 09:56am|
President Uhuru Kenyatta was among the nine African Heads of State that held a conference call with French President Emmanuel Macron to discuss the fight of Covid-19 in the continent.
A tweet thread by State House Kenya revealed part of the issues discussed in the conference call, "As part of efforts to mitigate against the adverse effects of the global Coronavirus pandemic, African governments will unite in pushing for loan waivers.
"The resolution was made last evening during a virtual meeting of the Bureau of the African Union Heads of State and Government.
"The leaders said foreign debt is a common challenge for all African countries and agreed to forge a common front in asking bilateral and multilateral partners to waive loans that African countries owe.
"President Kenyatta, who took part in the video-conference convened by South African President @CyrilRamaphos, said Africa should step up its Coronavirus testing capacity."
The mini-summit brought together a host of world leaders including Macron, Uhuru, Egyptian President Fattah El Sisi, Director-General of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom.
South African President and 2020 Chairman of the African Union Cyril Ramaphosa, Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, DR Congo's President Felix Tshisekedi.
Senegalese President Macky Sall, Rwandan President Paul Kagame, Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
Rwandan President Paul Kagame walks alongside President Uhuru Kenyatta during the Umwiherero Conference in Kigali, Rwanda on March 11, 2019
Rwandan President Paul Kagame walks alongside President Uhuru Kenyatta during the Umwiherero Conference in Kigali, Rwanda on March 11, 2019TWITTER
Chairperson of the AU Commission Moussa Faki and Director of Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) John Nkengasong.
Egypt's Presidential Spokesperson Bassam Rady, revealed topics discussed in the conference call, "The summit aimed to follow up the outcome of March 26 summit among African leaders regarding ways to cope with repercussions of the novel coronavirus pandemic on African states.
"Determine the continent's priorities to combat the virus in coordination with international partners and consult on the recent G20 Summit's results and coordination with its countries on the African needs."
According to DW Africa, the leaders discussed the need for Africa to stand together, speak with one voice, and work through financial institutions to mobilize resources and harmonize the support from international partners.
They also agreed to invite the remaining African countries to make possible contributions to the continental anti-COVID-19 Fund.
Kenya's number of positive Covid-19 patients has been growing alarmingly in the past three days with the number standing at 122 as at Friday, April 3.
A total of four people have lost their lives to the deadly virus including a six-year-old who became the youngest in the country to succumb to Covid-19.
Kenya got an additional Sh5.2 billion ($50 million) credit from the World Bank Thursday, April 2 to support the fight against Coronavirus.
Medical practitioners at a Coronavirus isolation and treatment facility in Mbagathi District Hospital on Friday, March 6, 2020.
Medical practitioners at a Coronavirus isolation and treatment facility in Mbagathi District Hospital on Friday, March 6, 2020.SIMON KIRAGUKENYANS.CO.KE
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