TDB DONATES 100,000 REGIONALLY MANUFACTURED SURGICAL MASKS TO DJIBOUTI
Djibouti, October 14th 2020 – As part of its Covid-19 Emergency Response Programme (CERP), the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB) has donated 100,000 surgical masks to Djibouti, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health of the country.
The masks which were manufactured by EPIC Apparel in Hawassa Industrial Park in Ethiopia, a neighboring TDB member state, will serve to guarantee a safe environment for frontline healthcare workers engaged in the fight against Covid-19 in Djibouti.
The supplies were handed over during a ceremony hosted at the Centrale d’Achat des Médicaments et Matériels Essentiels (CAMME) on the 1st of October 2020, by, on behalf of TDB, Abdourazak Ahmed Idriss, Secretary General of the Ministry of Economy and Finance in charge of Industry and Planning, the Ministry through which the Republic of Djibouti is represented on the TDB Board of Governors, to Dr. Meike Mohamed, Secretary General of the Ministry of Health of Djibouti.
“We are pleased to complement the efforts of the Government of Djibouti in the fight against Covid-19” said Admassu Tadesse, TDB President and Chief Executive. “Via CERP, we’ve been able to provide direct support to our member states in the form of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) solutions, medical supplies, and PPE which are manufactured or procured in our member states, so as to support regional business and employment at the same time”.
Mary Kamari, TDB Corporate Affairs and Investor Relations Executive commented that, “CERP drives TDB’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme’s vision to promote the social and economic wellbeing of its stakeholders in the region it serves, and in this case, of Djiboutian healthcare workers fighting the pandemic on the frontlines, as well as in turn, Covid and non-Covid patients who are protected from the hands who attend to them”
In addition to CERP, TDB has deployed a comprehensive response plan to curtail the effects of the pandemic in member states which includes interventions for enterprises, sovereigns and financial institutions.
Established in 1985, the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB) is a multilateral, treaty-based, investment-grade development finance institution, with 40 sovereign and institutional shareholders and assets of USD 6.7 bn. TDB serves 22 economies in its region, with the mandate to finance and foster trade, regional economic integration and sustainable development.
Anne-Marie Iskandar, Senior Communications Officer
Corporate Affairs and Investor Relations
Trade and Development Bank