More than 30 European and African leaders have signed an op-ed calling for a “New Deal for Africa” to ensure the continent’s social and economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.
Leaders argued that existing institutions for international solidarity have reached their limits and that a new, ambitious framework is needed to support Africa’s recovery. This would include providing access to COVID-19 vaccines by mobilizing innovative financing for the ACT-Accelerator, the global effort to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 medical tools, and efforts to increase vaccine production capacity on the continent. Leaders also called for large-scale investments in African countries in health, education, combating climate change, and access to financing for African entrepreneurs.
The op-ed’s signatories included European Council President Charles Michel, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, President of France Emmanuel Macron, President of Rwanda Paul Kagame, and President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa.