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COVID-19: Ethiopian Prime Minister donates 1 month salary towards fight

 The Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed Ali has vowed to donate his one month salary towards the fight against the spread of coronavirus in that Horn of Africa country, MyNewsGh.com reports.

 Abiy made
announcement on his twitter page Wednesday morning after launching a National
Resource Mobilisation Committee, tasked with coordinating efforts of gathering
financial and non-financial materials for #COVID-19 emergency preparedness.

 “As part of the
efforts of the National #COVID-19 resource mobilization committee set up today,
I have vowed to give my one month salary to the initiative”, the PM tweeted.

 Ethiopia’s confirmed
cases as at Wednesday morning stands at 12, with no record of deaths; still one
of the least hit countries in Africa, with South Africa recording as much as
700 cases.

 But Ahmed Ahmed Ali,
who was awarded the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to “”achieve
peace and international cooperation”, after brokering a peace deal that
ended a 20-year border war with Eritrea, says of the COVID 19 pandemic that,
“coming together as a nation in such trying times and caring for our most
vulnerable is a national duty and responsibility”.

 As part of efforts to
mitigate the spread of the disease, Abiy has also said, he has engaged world
leaders, including former prime ministers of the UK, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown
and Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada, agreeing to “work closely
together, including through experience sharing and other means”.

 On Tuesday, Abiy’s
government wrote to the G20, a three-point plan on how those countries can help
Africa cope with the coronavirus pandemic.

 He proposes a $150
billion aid package; what he calls Africa Global COVID-19 Emergency Financing
Package; he also wants the G20 to provide support to the World Health
Organization (WHO) and Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
to strengthen public health delivery and emergency preparedness on the

 He reminds world
leaders in his third point that “a global approach and strategy” is required to
stem the coronavirus pandemic and therefore request the G20 countries to
implement debt reduction and restructuring plans for Africa.

 African leaders are
demonstrating their preparedness and resolve to fighting and conquering COVID
19, but the commitment of personal funds had not been reported until Abiy
decided to do so.

 Source:MyNewsGh.com/Teddy Brown Onimbede/2020