EU Responds to COVID-19 with 19b Br

Jun 20 , 2020

With joined arms, the member states of the European Union have mobilised 19 billion Br to support the fight against the health crisis and the social protection system needs necessitated by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The support includes money for the Ethiopian health system and quarantine hubs, social protection enhancement, livelihood recovery and overall economic responses. Team Europe, which is the epicentre of this endeavour, is also contributing 60 million euros to the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) for regional coordination to support border facilities, continuity of health services, efforts to ensure critical supply chains for safe trade and the promotion of digital solutions for health responses to COVID-19. Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden have taken part in the mobilisation of resources.



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Pedestrian walkways around Addis Abeba are growing smaller by the day, competing to gain a foothold in the public spaces. The city, which prides itself as Africa's political and diplomatic capital, becomes a showcase of contrast. Beauty and affluence wrestle destitution and poverty to claim space. Vendors have displayed their second-hand outfits, shoes and luggage for sale on a roundabout in front of the Ministry of Education, up at the Arat Kilo area...



Retired city buses were once converted to bakery outlets retailing bread supplied by ‘Sheger Bakery' during their twilight zone. The city administration had used Anbessa City buses as its retail shops before formal outlets replaced them. Sheger Bakery, touted as the largest bakery and flour factory with the potential of baking two million loaves of bread daily, was to cater for millions of people in Addis Abeba with a subsidized bread supply but failed to live up to expectations. The old city...