Maputo, 17 May 2021 – As part of its Covid-19 Emergency Response Programme (CERP), the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB) has donated 28,500 N95 masks to the Republic of Mozambique to support the prevention and spread of COVID-19 in the country.
Following the signing of an agreement between TDB and the Ministry of Economy and Finance, the supplies were handed over during a ceremony hosted at the offices of the Ministry of Health on the 12th of May 2021 to Hon. Armindo Tiago, Minister of Health, by Dr. Isabel Sumar, TDB Non-Executive Director and Director of Public Debt Management at the Ministry of Economy and Finance.
Hon. Adriano Afonso Maleiane, Minister of Economy and Finance of Mozamique said that “in order to respond to the potential impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government carried out an exhaustive survey of needs and started the process of mobilizing support from cooperation partners who immediately made their support available. The support with 28,500 masks from the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB) constitutes an added value for the Government, mainly for the health sector in the prevention of COVID-19 in the country. For this reason, we would like to deeply thank the Bank for this initiative.”
Hon. Armindo Tiago, Minister of Health of Mozambique said that the Government of Mozambique, through the Ministry of Health, is actively engaged in responding to COVID-19 in different areas of intervention, including prevention, diagnosis and treatment which are essential for controlling the epidemic. “It is, therefore, with great honor and appreciation, that we witnessed yet another act of solidarity with the Government and the Mozambican people, with the 28,500 N95 masks that we received from the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank” he underlined.
Dr. Isabel Sumar, TDB Non-Executive Director and Director of Public Debt Management at the Ministry of Economy and Finance of Mozambique said that: “I am pleased to donate these N95 masks on behalf of TDB today. As the world-wide response continues to be put into action, these personal protective equipment will contribute in a meaningful way to the efforts deployed to combat the the pandemic in Mozambique.”
Admassu Tadesse, TDB Group Managing Director and President Emeritus, said that, “vaccines are gradually making their way to our continent, but this in no way reduces the imperative of mandatory mask wearing by our peoples. As such PPE supply measures remain as relevant as ever.”
Mary Kamari, TDB Corporate Affairs and Investor Relations Executive added that,“in the framework of CERP, TDB is donating personal protective equipment, medical equipment and other supplies to its Member States. TDB has been collaborating with various partners to roll-out and scale-up the programme, and sourcing the supplies regionally, so as to support our continent’s private sector at the same time. We look forward to continue implementing CERP in our region over the coming months”
Mozambique has been a TDB Member State since 2016, and Banco Nacional de Investimento (BNI), a TDB institutional shareholder since 2014. TDB has been active in the country since then, proving trade and project finance facilities to support key infrastructure projects, energy security, and exporting agribusiness SMEs.
Established in 1985, the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB) is a multilateral, treaty-based, investment-grade development finance institution, with 41 sovereign and institutional shareholders and assets of USD 7 bn. TDB serves 22 economies in its region, with the mandate to finance and foster trade, regional economic integration, and sustainable development.
TDB is part of the TDB Group, which also comprises TDF (the Trade and Development Fund), ESATF (the Eastern and Southern African Trade Fund), TCI (TDB Captive Insurance), and the TDB Academy.
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Ministry of Economy and Finance, Republic of Mozambique
facilities to support key infrastructure projects, energy security, and exporting agribusiness SMEs.