Beyond Coronavirus & Mask Diplomacy: East African Community Must get Economic Security Right

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Of course, risks will always be there! This coronavirus global pandemic is a perfect example of how global and regional blocs supply chains can turn upside down in the blink of an eye. A closer and most applicable example is countries’ dependency on imported medical supplies and or medical tourism. The dependency of imported medical supplies or poor medical or health services at home give a perfect example of human health risks which may be extended to states whenever there is uncertainty thus interrupting supply. For EAC partner states, the coronavirus crisis should be an eye-opener for the community to forge a clear, and working new economic approach meant to manage dependencies and make EAC work for all citizens of member countries if the bloc is to make sense for citizens in partner states.

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