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Coronavirus – Africa: Norway to strengthen global health efforts in response to coronavirus pandemic

Coronavirus – Africa: Norway to strengthen global health efforts in response to coronavirus pandemic

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, EUROPE, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, Norway
‘In Malawi, only 600 tests for COVID-19 have been conducted for a population of 17.5 million. It is vital that more developing countries are able to increase their testing capacity and have access to personal protective equipment,’ said Minister of International Development Dag-Inge Ulstein.  It is the poorest and most vulnerable countries that are likely to be hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic. The pandemic has made it necessary to increase funding for global health efforts. The Government has therefore proposed increasing Norway’s allocation to global health by NOK 541 million, to a total of NOK 4.152 billion in 2020. There is a significant need for funding for infection control measures, testing and the development of treatments for COVID-19. This is why Norway is increasin...
Coronavirus – Africa: Norwegian Government proposes increased support for World Bank’s International Development Association, International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust and lending schemes for low-income countries

Coronavirus – Africa: Norwegian Government proposes increased support for World Bank’s International Development Association, International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust and lending schemes for low-income countries

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In order to strengthen international cooperation to mitigate the impacts of the coronavirus crisis, the Government is proposing a contribution to the IMF’s Catastrophe and Containment Relief Trust and contributions to the IMF and World Bank lending schemes for low-income countries. The Government is proposing an increase in Norway’s core contribution to the International Development Association (IDA), the part of the World Bank that provides assistance to the world’s 76 poorest countries. Over half of these countries are in Africa. This will be additional to Norway’s contribution to the 19th IDA replenishment for the period 2020-22, which amounts to NOK 976 million in 2020.  ‘The World Bank and IDA responded quickly to the COVID-19 outbreak by freeing up substantial resources. ...
Coronavirus – Africa: Norway increases support for sub-Saharan Africa

Coronavirus – Africa: Norway increases support for sub-Saharan Africa

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, Norway
What has been a crisis for Norway could become a disaster in developing countries. African governments are facing major challenges in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. In this situation, Norway will do more to assist these countries strengthen their health systems and assist vulnerable people,’ said Minister of International Development Dag-Inge Ulstein. The Government is proposing an increase of NOK 30 million in the regional allocation for sub-Saharan Africa. The support will go to countries identified as partner countries in Norway’s development cooperation, and in addition to Madagascar and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Also, NOK 150 million of the increased allocation for global health efforts will go to priority countries including Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Sudan and...
The Somalia and Norway Discuss COVID-19 Control

The Somalia and Norway Discuss COVID-19 Control

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EUROPE, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, Norway, somalia
Somalia's Prime Minister, H.E. Hassan Ali Khaire  On Friday, Prime Minister, H.E. Hassan Ali Khaire and the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide, held a virtual meeting to discuss the coordination of efforts between the two governments in order to control COVID-19 and other important issues of mutual interest.The Prime Minister thanked the Norwegian government for supporting Somalia’s Debt Relief process and in reaching the Decision Point. He emphasized that the government is doubling its efforts towards debt consolidation, until the Completion Point.Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide congratulated the government and the Somali people on the success of Debt Relief and pledged that the Norwegian government would continue to support the government in the recov...