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Statement April 14, 2020

Statement on World Bank’s Economic Update for Africa and Assessments of Tanzania’s COVID-19 Response

WASHINGTON D.C. April 14, 2020 – Our attention has been drawn to news articles currently circulating in Tanzania and on various other websites regarding the World Bank’s recent economic update for Sub-Saharan Africa. On Thursday April 9, the World Bank launched Africa’s Pulse, its regional economic update, in which the institution highlighted the significant impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on the region’s economy and on the welfare of citizens, and offered recommendations on the appropriate actions that governments may need to consider.

In this report, the World Bank does not make specific mention or assessment of Tanzania’s COVID-19 response.

The World Bank is working closely with governments across the world to help them respond in a way that saves lives and protects livelihoods. We invite you to download, read and share the findings of the Africa Pulse report via this link: and to learn more about the World Bank’s response to COVID-19 at