German financial support for UNIDO to enhance efforts for more protective equipment against COVID-19 in Africa

Ambassador Küntzle presents credentials, UNIDO

Ambassador Küntzle presents credentials, UNIDO, © UNIDO

Press release

Vienna, 2 December 2020: Ambassador Küntzle and the Director General of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Li Yong, signed a new project funding agreement. The German financial support for the project amounts to 1 million Euros over the next three years. It forms part of a programme named “Enhancing the provision of personal protective equipment in Africa: Strengthening the resilience of industrial and healthcare sectors to COVID-19 and future pandemics”, which was started by UNIDO together with the World Health Organization (WHO).

The project focuses on the local production and supply of personal preventive and protective equipment (PPE) such as ventilators, hand sanitizers, masks and disinfectants, which will be produced in African countries, thus enhancing resilience within Africa towards future crises. It aims at improving regional capacities of national health care systems beyond the current Covid 19 pandemic. Several African countries are already producing PPE items.

After the signing ceremony, Ambassador Küntzle remarked:

This support is definitely about putting people first. The fight against Covid-19 is far from over, not in Europe and unfortunately even less so in developing countries. People in many developing countries have been hit much harder by the pandemic than ourselves. I’m greatful for this cooperation within the framework of UNIDO. More and better equipment is needed for increased resilience and to strengthen productive capacities in developing countries.

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