Government and institution measures in response to COVID-19.

Government and institution measures in response to COVID-19.

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General information

Already facing financing constraints amid large macro-economic imbalances, the outbreak of COVID-19 puts further pressure on an already tight fiscal position. Nevertheless, the authorities have prepared a Multi-hazard Emergency Health Preparedness Plan guided by the WHO, which has identified priority areas to tackle the outbreak of COVID-19.

Economic stimulus measures

(e.g. loans, moratorium on debt repayments…)

  • According to the plan, the financing needs to cope with COVID-19 related health care is about $120 million.
  • So far, domestic private sector has pledged to contribute $ 2 million to help the government, the government reallocated $3 million and UN and international partners are expected to donate $9 million.
  • The US government has also announced a donation of $8 million, while the European Union announced a support package of EUR 70 Million.
  • On April 9, the Islamic Development Bank was also reported to provide $35 million to Sudan, while the World Bank has also announced a package of US$ 35 Million from its Headquarters based trust funds.
  • To mitigate the negative impact on households and enterprises, the government is considering boosting social safety net by increasing direct cash transfer, providing unemployment benefits and delivering basic food baskets to poor families at discounted prices. These measures could cost about $1.5 billion in three months.
  • There are also reports from the Ministry of Health that 30 billion SDG have been allocated to prevent the collapse of the Sudanese health system and another 20 billion SDG to support the families affected by the lockdown measures in Khartoum.

Employment-related measures

(e.g. state compensation schemes, training…)

  • On April 15, the government also announced significant increase in the salaries of public sector employees.
  • Ministries of Social Development, Industry and Trade and Finance in helping the poor and vulnerable families and alleviating the economic risks that result from the state of total suspension which is necessitated by the health conditions and weakness of the infrastructures in the health field.
  • Council of Ministers agreed to give additional powers to the health ministers in the states to confront the coronavirus pandemic, indicating that the meeting also underscored the importance of the technical committees that emerge from the Ministry of Health as the body responsible for the technical aspects relating to the combat of coronavirus.

Other measures and sources