Hage Geingob welcomes Alibaba pledge to supply Africa with COVID-19 medical supplies

Eileen van der Schyff

Founder of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, Jack Ma’s foundation pledged to supply Africa with 1.1 million COVID-19 testing kits, 100 000 masks and 1000 protective suits and face shields.

President Hage Geingob welcomed this pledge after a statement made by Jack Ma on Monday. Ma stated his foundation would send this to each of Africa’s 54 countries.
The president said at a news briefing that this will enable the continent to carry out more tests which is a requirement of the World Health Organisation in attempts to manage the spread of the virus.
“The development is greatly welcomed. Of course, when the kits come into the country … we will establish the best way of using them in response to the outbreak. We have to manage this pandemic,” said Geingob.
Currently Namibia has two confirmed cases of COVID-19. The effects of the Coronavirus on Namibia’s economy were discussed by the Finance Minister Calle Schlettwein on Tuesday. Schlettwein said the pandemic is distorting the country’s supply chains. “The impacts of this pandemic are multiple, but the most important ones are a reduction in trade of goods and services, and this is caused by supply chains that have been broken,”…

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