Let me start by thanking the World Bank Group, the International Monetary Fund and all those involved in bringing us together again to support Africa.
No country has been spared from the pandemic. Low-, middle- and high-income countries have all suffered directly through the colossal health impacts, and indirectly from the dramatic decline in domestic activity and international trade.
For African countries in particular, the crisis has resulted in acute liquidity constraints.
Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, distinguished guests, good morning, good afternoon, good evening.
Four months ago, Prime Ministers Trudeau and Holness and myself, together with over 50 Heads of State and Government called for a large-scale response to the economic devastation brought about by COVID-19.
Since then, the pandemic has continued to wreak havoc around the world and the response has not kept pace.
One million people have died, a tragic milestone; more than 33 million have been infected.
Excellencies, distinguished guests, friends, and most especially the young people joining us online:
Good morning, good afternoon, good evening.
It is a pleasure to join this important discussion on how we can build, strengthen and utilise digital connectivity and learning platforms to create opportunities for the largest generation of young people in history.
Thank you very much, Mr. President. President of IOE, Erol Kiresepi, Secretary-General Roberto Suarez Santos, Director-General Guy Ryder, Presidents of the national employers organizations, Ladies and Gentlemen,