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US: Blinken to make first official visit to sub-Saharan Africa (Al Jazeera)

United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken will make his first trip to sub-Saharan Africa in an official capacity next week, visiting Kenya, Nigeria and Senegal, the State Department has said.

Blinken will meet with the presidents of all three countries and will broadly address “the COVID-19 pandemic and building back to a more inclusive global economy, combating the climate crisis, revitalising our democracies, and advancing peace and security,” the state department said late on Thursday.

US: Blinken to make first official visit to sub-Saharan Africa | News | Al Jazeera

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Sub-Saharan Africa’s debt problem: Mapping the pandemic’s effect and the way forward (Chris Heitzig, Aloysius Uche Ordu, and Lemma Senbet, Brookings)

The COVID-19 pandemic has, thus far, spared Africa from the high number of cases and deaths seen in other regions in the world (Figure 1). As of April 2021, sub-Saharan Africa accounted for just 3 percent of the world’s cases and 4 percent of its deaths. Some experts attribute the relatively low case counts in sub-Saharan Africa to the region’s extremely young population or, importantly, the swift and preemptive lockdowns that many countries implemented in March 2020. While these lockdowns have likely saved lives, they have also left significant scars on the fiscal position of sub-Saharan Africa and the market conditions it faces. Dwindling revenues following the fall in global trade met a wave of unemployment among a population that lacks widespread access to safety nets and health infrastructure.

Sub-Saharan Africa’s debt problem: Mapping the pandemic’s effect and the way forward (brookings.edu)