The World Bank says its board of executive directors has given approval for emergency support operations to 25 developing countries.
The Bretton Wood institution on Thursday said the approval is for the first group of projects to help the 25 countries respond to “immediate health consequences of the pandemic and bolster economic recovery.”
According to the financial institution, the first group of projects is said to total $1.9 billion as they get set to deploy $160 billion over the next 15 months.
The World Bank statement reads: “The broader economic program will aim to shorten the time to recovery, create conditions for growth, support small and medium enterprises, and help protect the poor and vulnerable.
“There will be a strong poverty focus in these operations, with an emphasis on policy-based financing, and protecting the poorest households and the environment.”
Some of the beneficiaries the first group of projects include Afghanistan, Argentina, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, India, Kenya, Kyrgyz Republic.
Others are Maldives, Mauritania, Mongolia, Pakistan, Paraguay, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, The Gambia and Yemen.
The World Bank president, David Malpass, speaking on the said project, stated: “The World Bank Group is taking broad, fast action to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and we already have health response operations moving forward in over 65 countries.
“We are working to strengthen developing nations’ ability to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and shorten the time to economic and social recovery. The poorest and most vulnerable countries will likely be hit the hardest, and our teams around the world remain focused on country-level and regional solutions to address the ongoing crisis.”
The World Bank also said it is helping countries access critical medical supplies by reaching out to suppliers on behalf of governments.
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