By Zbc Reporter
President Emmerson Mnangagwa has attended the first extraordinary inter-sessional virtual summit of the Organisation of the African Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) on challenges facing the member states due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa attends 1st extraordinary virtual summit of OACPS on Covid-19 held this Wednesday assessed the prevailing global Covid-19 situation and effects to the Organisation of the African Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) member states.
In his opening remarks, President of the Republic of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta said the Covid-19 pandemic will slow down socio-economic development.
“We are really not happy about the current situation to the extent that it calls for concerted efforts to really fight its impact on our economies,” said President Uhuru Kenyatta.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa condemned the murder of African-American George Floyd by US police officers.
“Indeed the need to foster unity and solidarity will be the key element as we seek to enforce more measures in the fight against the pandemic,” said Cyril Ramaphosa President of the Republic of South Africa.
The Prime Minister of Barbados, Ms Mia Amor Motley called for an urgent setting up of a covid-19 response fund.
“The use of such funds will also enable those nations affected by the pandemic to offer more solutions and avert more deaths”.
The one-day event was held under the theme “Transcending the Covid-19 pandemic; building resilience through global solidarity” and consisted of a dialogue by the heads of state and government of the OACPS.