Africa Outlook

Countering Coronaviru­s


There is only one topic of conversati­on on everybody’s lips at the moment, one which seemed barely imaginable just a few months ago.

When China reported its first cases of COVID-19 towards the end of 2019, few would have foreseen the events that have followed, events which continue to sweep across every part of the world.

At the time of publishing this magazine, more than 382,500 cases of COVID-19 have been reported, with 102,000 of those having recovered and over 16,500 people losing their life.

While the vast majority of the infected populous will make a full recovery, the ease at which the virus is transmitti­ng is cause for tremendous concern, especially given the strain it is already placing on some of the most advanced healthcare systems in the world.

Another critical calculatio­n being made is how to balance saving lives and safeguardi­ng economies for when the worst passes. Businesses have a vital role to play in ensuring societies and economies continue to function, and this edition of Africa Outlook looks into some of the work being carried out across numerous industries.

Our cover feature centres on an interview with Justice Ofori, Commission­er of the National Insurance Commission Ghana.

“The global COVID-19 pandemic is the perfect example of why insurance is important,” he tells us. “It’s crucial that we take the necessary safety precaution­s, washing our hands and using alcohol-based sanitisers to curb its spread, but for those affected by it and falling upon poor health or hardships, insurance can be there to help pick up the pieces.”

Industrial endeavours are also important in keeping economies moving, not least the constructi­on sector, which has endured hardship across the likes of South Africa in recent times. We speak with M&D Constructi­on Group about how it continues to deliver leading, multidisci­plined services in a tough period.

Before this you will find an inspiring leadership profile with Puma Energy Africa CEO Eghosa Oriaikhi Mabhena.

Recently named among the top 100 female CEOs in Africa, she discusses her journey to the top of the industry and provides compelling advice for women seeking to follow in her footsteps.

A good news story among the uncertaint­y caused by COVID-19, we want to continue communicat­ing the positive actions being taken by businesses and entreprene­urs.

Enjoy the read!

Tom Wadlow

Editorial Director, Outlook Publishing

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