On Wednesday, President Uhuru Kenyatta will have a virtual meeting with leaders from the Pacific region, the Caribbean, and Africa.
During the meeting, the leaders will discuss ways in which they can revive their economies following the impact of the covid-19 pandemic. Also, they’ll source for ways to find relief funding.
According to a memo circulated last week by organizers, the meeting will gauge the present covid-19 global situation.
Altogether, known as the Organisation of the African, Caribbean, and Pacific States (OACPS), the leaders will, for the first time, have an online meeting.
Officially, the meeting organizers called it Intersessional Summit on Transcending Covid-19 pandemic.
Although the pandemic has affected the entire globe, organizers say the effect it has on members of OACPS will configure critical discussions, including its impact on health systems.
Currently, the Kenyan president holds the OACPS President-in-office, a title usually given to hosts of the previous summit to spearhead the execution following each meeting’s outcome.
In December last year, Kenya held the 9th summit. During the meeting, leaders agreed to enhance good governance, security, peace, climate change, environmental sustainability, as well as socio-economic development.
With over 101,400 confirmed cases and 2739 reported fatalities, the leaders’ discussion will center on whether they achieve the goals mentioned above.
“To manage and control the multiplying threats, the leaders require a well-coordinated approach. This includes the humanitarian and economic challenges caused by the pandemic,” read the statement.
Officials and members of OACPS consist of 30 small island nations. Considering they already have problems with climate change, the covid-19 pandemic has affected them significantly.
A majority of those island nations, as well as those in mainland Africa, fall under developing countries. Typically, they rely on developed countries to survive.
“The OACPS member states will need to address disruption of supply chains, food security, climate change, suppressed tourism, reduced trade flows, and a reduction n government revenue,” read the statement from organizers.