IGAD leaders hold discussion on COVID19 regional response
Addis Ababa, March 30, 2020 (FBC) –Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed has held virtual discussion with leaders of IGAD member states on regional response to curb the spread of COVID19.
During the discussion “we noted the importance of collective leadership as a means of withstanding the challenges COVID19 is posing globally,” he said on Twitter.
“Individually we are not well prepared to overcome the consequences of the virus on our health systems and the long term impact on our economies,” he added.
“Our burgeoning industries, like tourism, are being impacted already,” he noted.
“Therefore, seeking support together, providing needed materials that each of us have an advantage over, and exchanging experiences closely, is vital to our survival,” he underscored.
“The economic progress that each of our countries have made is at risk and the only way we can overcome is through collective leadership and coordinated responses.”
The Prime Minister reiterated the need to remain hopeful and consciously work together.