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CGD Conversations on COVID-19 and Development: Minister Ken Ofori-Atta

Ghanaian Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, joins CGD President Masood Ahmed to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa, the state of the continent's response, and the challenges ahead. As Chair of the joint Bank-IMF Development Committee Minister Ofori-Atta has collaborated with his South African counterpart (current Chair of the African Union) to lead a joint African response to COVID19. After two virtual meetings under their leadership, the African Finance Ministers requested $100 billion in support, as well as debt relief, to deal with the economic fallout of the pandemic. How will the Development Committee meeting in two weeks advance that agenda? What lies ahead for Africa and for international development cooperation both during and beyond this unprecedented crisis?

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