Sub-Saharan Africa will need hundreds of billions of dollars and reforms that bring change for a resilient recovery from the damage wrought by the coronavirus pandemic, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Support from the international community that includes stepped-up debt relief, financing and capacity development will be needed, MD Kristalina Georgieva and Abebe Aemro Selassie, the director of the lender’s Africa department, said on Tuesday in a blog post. The IMF has approved more than $15bn in financial assistance and debt-service relief to Sub-Saharan African countries to offset the effects of the pandemic and “certainly will be doing more in the years ahead”, they said...

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