ECA Delays Ministerial Conference in Addis over COVID-19 concerns

ADDIS ABEBA – The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UN-ECA) said it has postponed a high-level ministerial conference, which was scheduled to be held later this month in Ethiopia’s capital due to concerns pertaining to the COVID-19.

Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development in Africa were expected to meet in Addis Abeba from March 18 to 24, 2020.

The UN ECA said in a statement issued on Wednesday that has postponed all public meetings including the conference due to fears related to the spread of the COVID-19 over fears emanating from the spread of coronavirus.

“Following global health concerns pertaining to the COVID-19 coronavirus and the need for added vigilance, upon consultation with partners, the ECA will postpone all public meetings until further notice,” an ECA statement read.

“These include the 2020 Conference of Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development. ECA will reach out to ministers to discuss member states preparedness,” the ECA announced.

The 53rd session of the ministerial conference was expected to deliberate on digitization and its impacts in Africa, including the challenges and the means, through which it is forcing a character makeover of the technology industry.