Former President John Dramani Mahama has said that there is no doubt that these are very challenging and unprecedented times
for Africa and the rest of the world.
However, he said, despite all the challenges and heartbreaks this pandemic has ushered humanity to, when the pandemic is finally over, one sanitary practice that will remain for sure will be the washing of hands more often or the use of hand sanitisers.
He noted that admittedly, COVID-19 is one of many challenges that has aggravated Africa’s vulnerabilities and exacerbated existing development challenges. COVID is impacting and impeding the previously steady progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), whose target date is only eight years away.
Mr Mahama said this in his opening remarks at the African Economic Congress 2021 on the theme ‘Accelerate Africa: Building Back Better’ delivered Virtually on Monday 1st November 2021.
He said “So soon, COVID is in its 2nd year! This is why we must thank Nancy and her team for the initiative to put together the African Economic Congress (AEC).
“I missed my first opportunity to join the deliberations because of other commitments. I am glad for yet another invitation, this year, on the theme “Accelerate Africa: Building Back Better”.
“The theme for this year’s programme offers an opportunity to reflect on our collective response so that we can build resilience during future pandemics. Additionally, it provides options to reset our economic progress by leveraging the inclusiveness exhibited during the crisis.
“I am happy to announce that an Independent Global Health Panel that I am honoured to be part of, is advocating the establishment of a Global Public Health Convention that will ensure adequate Pandemic Preparedness and Response.”
By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana