The Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Mr. Hervé DJOKPE proceeded, Friday, October 2, 2020, to the signing of the official handing over report of donation of sanitary equipment in Benin by the Malta Cross International Foundation of Sovereign Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, Knight of Malta, Federation of Autonomous Priories (KMFAP). These are twenty-five oxygen concentrators and accessories for their operation as well as regulators. This gesture follows other donations of materials made by the same Foundation and the NGO Femeraid International of the said Order, in order to support the efforts of the Beninese government, within the framework of the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic, Hervé recalled. DJOKPE. The repetition of these acts, he added, therefore testifies to the exemplary quality of the cooperation and friendly relations that KFMAP and the Republic of Benin maintain. It is in this atmosphere of good relations that the Order, through the NGO Femeraid International, plans to soon install an Emergency Medical Unit, Care and Assistance (UMUSA) at the international airport. from Cotonou. On behalf of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, he conveyed the thanks of the government of President Patrice TALON to the high authorities of the KMFAP, to the heads of said organizations and to Mr. Christian KOUDAMIRO Special Representative of the KMFAP in Cotonou for this mark of generosity. As for Mrs. Éléonore GANDJETO, Deputy Director of the Cabinet of the Minister of Health, she reassured that the equipment will be deployed on the care sites where, despite the tireless efforts of the government, their need is felt.
Benin reported its first COVID-19 case on March 16, 2020. The authorities have implemented strong containment and social distancing measures since March 31, including the partial lockdown (cordon sanitaire) around ten cities most exposed to the pandemic to isolate the contaminated population and contain the spread of the virus. They have also (i) significantly limited the transit of people across land borders; (ii) restricted the issuance of entry visas to the country; (iii) introduced a systematic and compulsory quarantine of all people coming to Benin by air; (iv) suspended all public gatherings; (v) introduced a ban on the movement of public transportation; and (vi) made wearing face mask in public compulsory. The economic impact of the pandemic has already begun to materialize through higher Eurobond spreads and lower cotton prices, while a more widespread domestic outbreak could significantly impair exports, further reduce confidence and capital inflows, and cause a significant disruption to economic activity. In addition to Covid-19, Benin is also being impacted by the closure of border with Nigeria since end-August 2019. Government policy is responding to both developments.
as of 04/04/2020