PRETORIA – The coronavirus global pandemic requires the strengthening of multilateral systems and increased support for the international institutions leading the fight against the scourge, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his capacity as chairman of the African Union (AU), told a virtual extraordinary China-Africa summit on Covid-19 co-hosted with the Forum for China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC).
“This pandemic demands solidarity, global cooperation and collaboration. We need to strengthen the multilateral system and support the international institutions that must guide our response to this crisis,” Ramaphosa addressed the summit hosted by FOCAC co-chairs – Chinese President Xi Jinping and Senegalese President Macky Sall.
Ramaphosa said the Extraordinary China-Africa Solidarity Summit against Covid-19 demonstrates the depth and resilience of solidarity between China and Africa.
“Allow me to express the gratitude of the people of Africa to President Xi and the government and people of China for their generous donation of personal protective equipment and other medical assistance that has been provided to our continent. I wish to thank President Xi for the fruitful discussions we have had during the course of this pandemic and his willingness to engage on the issues that African countries face,” said Ramaphosa.
He said African nations have acted “decisively and in unison” in responding to the threat posed by Covid-19.