Here’s why protectionism is weakening Africa’s – and the world’s – response to COVID-19

Newly arrived street children receive instructions as they settle at the camp, which the Village Pilot NGO has set up to house and confine children in need of help, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Lac Rose, suburbs of Dakar, Senegal April 20, 2020. Picture taken April 20, 2020. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra - RC21DG99MFPT

Africa has learned that international cooperation is key to saving lives and extinguishing epidemics Image: REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Amina Mohamed
Former Chairman , World Trade Organization General Council
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African exports accounted for less than 17% of the continent’s total exports in 2017. Image: UNCTAD
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