President Cyril Ramaphosa in his capacity as the African Union chairman has called for the lifting of sanctions on Zimbabwe and Sudan in a virtual meeting held on Wednesday.
He says the lifting of sanctions would allow these African countries to access resources in a bid to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
Ramaphosa held the meeting with captains of business and engaged them on the AU strategy to help curb the spread of Covid-19 and seeking their support.
He has strongly urged the G20, the UN secretary, the IMF, the World Bank, etcetera, for the immediate lifting of all economic sanctions imposed on Sudan and Zimbabwe in order to allow them adequate response to save lives.
Immediate suspension of interest payments on Africa’s external public and private debt as well as differed payments would help create fiscal space for Covid-19 response measures according to his statement.
In addition, he appealed to business in the African continent to start shifting manufacturing infrastructure towards the production of essential medical goods.