1. April – Algeria: Algeria received its first order of medical equipment from China at the beginning of April to help its fight against COVID-19. USD 4.95mn worth of equipment was sent from Shanghai, with two planes transporting 8.5mn surgical masks and 100,000 filter masks.

2. April – Sudan: The Chinese embassy in Sudan donated 400,000 surgical masks to the Sudanese government in April to help fight the spread of COVID-19. Chinese Ambassador to Sudan, Ma Xinmin attended the donation ceremony at the headquarters of Sudan’s council of ministers in Khartoum, and expressed China’s willingness to support Sudan to prevent the further spread of the virus.

3. March – Uganda: Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni commissioned a USD 13mn marble factory in the northeastern Moroto district. The Chinese owned factory will employ 120 local people. The region estimated to have over 560mn metric tons in marble reserves.

4. March – Zambia: Huawei donated medical supplies to Zambia to aid the government with combating the spread of COVID-19. The donation came in the form of Intelligent Temperature Equipment for Access Control, which would be installed at building entrances to automatically check the temperatures of people entering.

“This article is produced by Axis Group and is published in The Econometer section ChinAfrica magazine (May 2020), an English and French language monthly publication that provides news, views and analysis on all things China, Africa and China-Africa relations.”

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