Tanzania must publish COVID-19 data in order to gain access to an IMF emergency loan

The government of Tanzania has to publish data on the occurrence of the coronavirus in the country in order to obtain an emergency loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as requested by the institution.

This decision would mean a change of course in terms of the approach the country has been taking since the health crisis began. Former Tanzanian President John Magufuli pledged for months that the country had no cases and recommended prayers and remedies of zero effectiveness while suspending the release of data in May 2020 with no African country’s authorities reporting cases or deaths since.

In fact, in March, Magufuli died in an event attributed to a heart problem amid speculation over the possibility he was infected with coronavirus. Since then, interim president Samia Suluhu Hassan has opted for a policy change in dealing with the pandemic, emphasizing that the country “cannot be isolated like an island”.

Tanzania must publish COVID-19 data in order to gain access to an IMF emergency loan
Tanzania must publish COVID-19 data in order to gain access to an IMF emergency loan

In this sense, the representative of the IMF in Tanzania, Jens Reinke, made it clear that “the publication of these data would be a prerequisite for further action”, as they are necessary “to justify emergency financing in the context of the pandemic”. pick up the Bloomerg agency.

In March last year, the African country asked the IMF for an emergency loan, and although negotiations never progressed, Reinke has hinted that talks on a $ 574 million loan have resumed.

For now, the Tanzanian government has announced that it will issue a statement on its response to the coronavirus and an assessment of the disease after reviewing the advice of the technical committee.

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