MOZAMBIQUE

YPO – MOZAMBIQUE C-19 RTF 

(COVID-19 RESPONSE TASK FORCE)

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”) is impacting businesses and public life around the world. From supply chain disruption, government-ordered closures, and event cancellations to employee safety concerns and social distancing recommendations, every company is facing its own unique challenges in the face of the uncertainties surrounding this global pandemic.

 

Mozambique is particularly vulnerable to the economic and social impacts of the pandemic, and the YPO-Mozambique C-19 Response Task Force is committed to remaining a strong partner to public and private organizations in avoiding relapse.

Gerry Marketos

Mozambique

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COMMUNITY IMPACT:

FOOD SUPPORT, HYGIENE, WATER, SANITATION & RESOURCE DISTRIBUTION

SINGLE OBJECTIVE/GOAL OF THE PILLAR:

Identify cost-effective measures to alleviate community impact of the virus.

 

COVID -19 (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic is raising many questions for the water supply and wastewater sector in Mozambique. Attention to the crucial contribution of handwashing in preventing the spread of the disease is highlighting the importance of access to water supply, sanitation, and hygiene.

CALL TO ACTION:

  • Ensure food security for those in need

  • Promote access to potable water and sanitation in the most disadvantage communities

  • Promote the provisions of masks and cleaning soaps/liquids

  • Work with organizations to address phycological needs arising from the pandemic

  • Support Churches in Mozambique moving liturgical celebrations online to avoid large gatherings while still allowing the faithful to pray together, even if from a physical distance.

TIMELINE:

  • Immediate

Aiming to promote physical wellbeing, mental health, and the socioeconomic welfare linked to both.

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HEALTHCARE

Support Mozambican medical efforts focusing on effective testing, treatment and prevention.

SINGLE OBJECTIVE/GOAL OF THE PILLAR:

  • Flatten the curve and lower the mortality associated with COVID-19

 

CALL TO ACTION:

Information

  • While we are doing our best to remain fully operational by taking several measures to minimize potential disruptions caused by the pandemic we are working with the international community to step up its efforts on sending ventilators and protective equipment as well as deploying medical teams to a potential hard-hit by C-19 Mozambique;

  • Formulation of COVID -19 health and safety protocols as promoted by YPO under Business;

  • Create and promote African industrial solutions with a dual objective: mitigate the pandemic and support the economy and employment. Identify needs, products and potential suppliers and create a database, work with them to support with mentorship and potential funding;

  • Example we could focus is production of masks, rigid PVC film protection masks, disinfectant tunnels for public and testing protection booths for public, water storage drums & containers as water need are critical at this stage.

 

TIMELINE:

  • Immediate

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BUSINESS ASSISTANCE

Ensuring the safety and well-being of our staff and of the people we work with, remains our top priority.

Videoconference with the Minister of Industry and Commerce of Mozambique, Carlos Mesquita and Vice Minister Ludovina Bernardo discussing proposals to alleviate the impact of the pandemic in business on April 8th.

SINGLE OBJECTIVE/GOAL OF THE PILLAR:

  • The business sector in Mozambique is far from robust and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is severe. YPO-Mozambique COVID-19 Response Task Force core role in the context of the pandemic is ensuring business stability and continuity for our members and their businesses. In this challenging moment, ensuring the safety and well-being of our staff and of the people we work with, remains our top priority.

  • The YPO C-19 RTF is actively working with local business associations to make proposals to the Mozambican Government on measures to alleviate the crisis.

 

CALL TO ACTION:

  • Having canvassed the views of its members the YPO C-19 RTF participated with the European Chamber of Commerce & Industry (EUROCAM) in the preparation and presentation of proposals to Government to alleviate the impact of the pandemic on the business sector.

The following three proposals have already been accepted by the Government:

  • Exemption from VAT for products essential to combat the virus, greater flexibility in imports and exports;

  • Exemption from IRPC for 2019 and for advanced payments on corporate income tax for 2020

  • Temporary exemption of customs duty on imports of essential goods, raw materials, equipment, and material to combat the pandemic

The following proposals are still under consideration:

 

  • Formulation of health and safety protocols;

  • A temporary suspension of social security payments for 6 months to facilitate purchase of safety equipment and materials;

  • Moratorium on loan repayments;

  • Set up credit line for companies suffering a 40% reduction in sales;

  • Greater flexibility in the payment of taxes;

  • Reduce energy tariffs by 40% during the pandemic.

TIMELINES:

  • Ongoing monitoring of  the proposals accepted by Government and feedback on effectiveness;

  • Follow up with Government on proposals still under consideration as a matter of urgency

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