South African President Cyril Ramaphosa in his capacity as the AU Chair has appointed Zimbabwean businessperson to coordinate the private sector-led continental efforts to procure PPE in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic that has brought the world to its knees, The Chronicle reports.
This was revealed in a communique after a teleconference meeting of the bureau of the assembly to the AU Heads of State and Government last week.
Part of the communique announcing Strive’s appointment said:
President Ramaphosa informed the meeting that he had appointed Zimbabwean businessman Strive Masiyiwa to coordinate a private sector-led continental effort to procure critical personal protective equipment and other essential supplies.
The meeting endorsed the establishment of a forum on African business leaders to support efforts by the AU and member States to implement the continental Covid-19 strategy
Recently, Masiyiwa was making an appeal to global funders to extend humanitarian support to Zimbabwe and Sudan.
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