Under the banner of Team Europe, European Union institutions and Member States have are responding jointly to the COVID-19 crisis.
In Uganda, Team Europe’s immediate contribution to the fight against the COVID-19 crisis totals 53 million euros (about Ugx. 219 billion) of grant support.
In addition to this, Team Europe will be providing a total of 125 million euros (about 518 billion) of concessional loans and new lines of credit in support of the private sector. Additional actions are being planned, to ensure continuous support in the months to come.
With this first contribution, Team Europe in Uganda will:
Contribute to financing Uganda’s COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan, focusing on the immediate sanitary and humanitarian needs. Team Europe has, for example, been helping provide personal protective equipment, PCR machines, extra test kits, mobile laboratories, infrared thermometers and other such equipment to support the frontline workers in their fight against the spread of COVID-19.
The team will provide continuous support to the Health and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene sectors. We will continue to respond to Uganda’s longer-term needs by helping reinforce the health system and provide quality water and sanitation services in a sustainable way.
It will also help mitigate the economic and social impact of the crisis, especially through supporting livelihoods and employment. Social protection is central to Team Europe’s response where we recognize the critical importance of supporting the most vulnerable in society and the refugees hosted by Uganda using existing channels to reach these people quickly.
Building on the success of the first Uganda-Europe Business Forum organized in February, EU is planning a package to provide access to credit for Small and Medium Enterprises in the sectors most hit by the crisis. This package will also encourage further partnerships between Ugandan and European entrepreneurs.
In Uganda, Team Europe consists of: The Delegation of the European Union, The EU’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) and 10 Member State missions to Uganda: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands and Sweden
Others are: Six Member State implementing agencies: ADA, AICS, Danida, Enabel, GIZ, Sida and European financial institutions: the European Investment Bank, the German Development Bank KfW, the French Development Agency.