Korea Agency Puts up $5m for COVID-19 Resilience

Sep 19 , 2020


Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has donated five million dollars to Ethiopia to bolster the response toward the ongoing fight against the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the country. The Ministry of Trade & Industry signed a virtual memorandum of understanding with KOICA for the production of personal protective equipment (PPE) as a means of retaining jobs in small and medium enterprises working in leather and leather product production. Half a million dollars of the funds will be directed to repurposing these industries and enabling them to produce PPE. In addition to the initiative, the funds will finance awareness creation campaigns in the rural parts of the country regarding the containment measures of COVID-19. KOICA was established in 1991 by the Korean government to maximise its grant aid programmes for developing countries.


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