Special Reports

Socio-Economic Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Evidence from COMESA Region

The COVID-19 pandemic has plunged the global economy into a deep recession. The situation is comparable only to the 2008 global financial crisis and the Great Depression of the 1930’s. The containment policies, involving restrictions on economic, personal and social lives are poised to erode the developmental gains achieved over several decades. Download

Implications of COVID-19 Pandemic on Debt for Sub-Saharan African Countries.

The number of countries vulnerable to debt distress has increased significantly reflecting, among others, the effect of exogenous shocks and loose fiscal policies. This paper provides a debt situation analysis just before Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on debt for Sub Saharan Africa. Download

Fiscal Policy Responses Limit COVID 19’s Economic Damage

The objective of this paper is to take stock of fiscal policy measures that have been introduced to date in response to COVID-19 crisis and make recommendations on how governments can raise revenues once the economic and health crisis has passed.


How COMESA Can Mitigate Negative Effects of Covid-19 Pandemic on Trade

This article provides an exposition of potential trade effects and mitigation measures of the COVID-19 in COMESA. The COMESA Free Trade Area (FTA), which was launched in 2000 has experienced a tremendous growth as evidenced by..



The objective of this paper is to present the Unconventional Monetary Policy Tools (UMPTs) introduced by developed, emerging and African countries after the aftermath of COVID-19 and recommendations


Economic Impact of Covid-19 on Micro,Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Africa and Policy Options for Mitigation

Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) play a crucial role for economic development of African countries.


The Role of Trade Finance in Promoting Trade:The Implications of COVID 19 on Trade Finance in Africa

The objective of this paper is to examine the role of trade finance for promoting trade in Africa.


Adoption of ICT is Critical in Post Covid-19 Trade Facilitation Programmes in COMESA

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as a pandemic on 11 March 2020. The pandemic is now a global public health crisis and has infected people in almost every country


Why COMESA Trade in Services Should be Cushioned From the Impacts of COVID-19 Pandemic

This article provides an anecdote of the role of services in reducing the effects and mitigation measures of the COVID-19 in the COMESA region


Global Value Chain as a Vehicle for Development in Africa

Implication of COVID 19 in the Future of Global Value Chain This paper presents the prospects of the value chain for Africa’s development and the implication of Covid-19 in the future of global value chain…


Macroeconomic Impacts of COVID 19 in Sub-Saharan- Africa.

This paper assesses the macroeconomic impacts of COVID 19 in Sub Saharan Africa and provides recommendations to face the pandemic crisis in the continent


Climate-Resilient Green Economy Implementation and Best Practices on Climate Action in Ethiopia

The Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia initiated the Climate-Resilient Green Economy (CRGE) initiative in 2011 to protect the country from the…


Diaspora Remittances Critical for COVID-19 Recovery

This article espouses the contribution of diaspora remittances to the regional economies and the critical role these resources will play in the post COVID -19 recovery. However, regional countries have to undertake reforms to secure these…


Potential Impact of COVID-19 in the COMESA Health Sector

This paper seeks to analyses the possible impact of COVID-19 on the health sector in the COMESA region. The brief utilizes the four WHO pillars of health delivery which include, service delivery, health workforce, access to essential equipment and medication and adequate resources.