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ECA calls on governments to harmonise trade, cross-border policies

ECA calls on governments to harmonise trade, cross-border policies

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• Report seeks Africa’s compliance with COVID-19 border regulations The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), has called on governments in Africa to adopt and harmonise policies that would help the continent strike an appropriate balance between curbing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and facilitating emergency and essential trade. In a new ECA report, titled; “Facilitating cross-border trade through a coordinated African response to COVID-19,” the Commission said continued inefficiencies and disruptions to cross-border trade presented significant challenges for Africa’s fight against COVID-19, and could hold back its progress towards attaining sustainable development goals (SDGs), and its Agenda 2063. Speaking during the launch, Director, Regional Integration and Trade Divisi...
600m mobile subscribers in Africa to benefit from digital health initiative

600m mobile subscribers in Africa to benefit from digital health initiative

Business
The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), is working to ensure that between 600 million and 800 million mobile subscribers in Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, and other parts of the region benefit from a new digital health initiative. Executive Secretary, ECA, Vera Songwe, stated this during the virtual launch of the Africa Communication and Information Platform for Health and Economic Action (ACIP), on Tuesday, in Addis Abba, Ethiopia. ACIP is a mobile-based tool for two-way information and communication between citizens and governments. It furnishes national and regional COVID task forces with user-generated survey data, and actionable health and economic insights that will enable authorities to better analyse pandemic-related problems and implement appropriate responses. ...