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Leadership tussle: Council head sues for peace among Bodija Market traders

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Mrs Romoke Opabunmi, the acting Head of Local Government Administration (HLA), Aare Latoosa Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Ibadan, has appealed to the warring factions in the Bodija Market leadership tussle to embrace peace.

This was contained in a statement issued by the council’s Head of Information Unit, Alhaja Yetunde Oladepo-Fadipe and made available to the Nigeria News Agency on Sunday in Ibadan.

recalls that crisis had recently broken out among traders at the popular market over who becomes the Iyaloja (woman head).

The statement said that Opabunmi had, at an enlarged emergency peace and security meeting held at the council secretariat, pleaded with all the parties involved in the crisis to embrace peace.

“I want to appeal to the parties involved in the Bodija market leadership tussle, to embrace peace within the market and its environs,” she said.

The acting HLA said that all the documents retrieved from the two parties contesting for the ‘Iyaloja’ title would be forwarded to the state ministry of local government and chieftaincy matters for prompt intervention.

She urged them to remain calm, while further resolutions would be communicated to them as might be directed by the ministry.

The statement said that the meeting was attended by heads of departments in the LCDA, community leaders, religious leaders, security agents and market leaders within the council area.

Edited by Olabisi Akinbode and ‘Wale Sadeeq

 

 

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Appeal Court reserves judgment in Oyo LG leadership tussle suit

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The Court of Appeal sitting in Ibadan on Wednesday reserved judgment in a suit filed by the Oyo government challenging a court order not to dissolve the 33 local government chairmen and 35 Local Council Development Areas (LCDA) in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Oyo State Government appealed against the Judgment of the High Court delivered on May 6, 2019 by Justice Aderonke Aderemi ordering the state government not to dissolve the elected 33 chairmen  and 35 LCDA in Oyo State.

NAN reports that inspite of the judgment, Gov. Seyi Makinde dissolved the 33 LG chairmen and 35 LCDA in the state immediately after his inauguration on May 29,2019. and appealed against the judgment.

The three-member panel of appeal judges chaired by Justice Jimi Bada on Wednesday, reserved the judgment after hearing arguments of counsel in the suit.

Bada further said that judgment date would be communicated to the respective counsel.

Earlier in his argument, counsel to the Oyo State Government, Kunel Kalejaye, SAN, said the lower court has not jurisdiction to here the case because it was premature as at the time the case was filed.

Kalejaye said that the chairmen filed the suit at the lower court based on a rumour they heard that Makinde would dissolved them after his swearing-in on May 29,2019.

He said that the case was filed at the lower court  and judgment obtained by the respondents before they were disolved.

Kalejaye urged the court to dismiss the judgment of the lower court and uphold the appeal.

In his arguments, Counsel to the respondents, Yusuf Ali, SAN said that the action cannot be termed immature because the law allows a person to approach the court when such person noticed that his right would  been threatened.

Ali said that the law always protecting the right of any individual and only an irresponsible person would wait for his eye to be plugged after noticing that such thing was about to happen.

He urged the court dismissed the appeal and uphold the judgment of the lower court to prevent such action from happening in future.

edited by Sadiya Hamza

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Gov. Bello exemplified good leadership in Niger -CPS

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Mrs Mary Berje, the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger, says the governor has provided exemplary leadership and good governance since the inception of his administration in 2015.

Berje said this in an interview with newsmen in Minna on Friday, pointing out that the administration had carved a niche for itself.

According to her, the present administration has instituted sanity and financial discipline in the state.

She further said that the administration had remained focused in its anti-corruption fight, blocked wastages and created more avenues to enhance internally generated revenue.

Berje also said that the administration had remained consistent in developing areas considered pivotal to the economic transformation of the state as contained in its blueprint.

She said that the administration had achieved a great milestone in education, health, agriculture and infrastructure.

The CPS said: “The Bello-led administration has constructed and renovated more than 2,500 schools across the state and completely overhauled 22 under the Whole Schools Development Approach.

“It established the Teacher Professional Development Institute and also recruited 2,600 teachers.”

She said that the administration was also consolidating its effort in agriculture by harnessing the state’s potentials in areas it had comparative economic advantage for the overall development and prosperity of the state.

“Government is developing the massive 31,000 hectares, multi-million Naira Bobi Grazing Reserve to boost Meat and Dairy production.

“This milestone is expected to provide employment, generate revenue for the state and prevent incessant farmers/herdsmen clashes in the state.”

“We have made lots of progress also in the health sector, having constructed over 50 Primary Healthcare Centers across the state and reconstructing the General Hospitals in Minna, Kontagora, Bida, Suleja, Kutigi and Nasko,” she said.

Berje said that although COVID-19 slowed down government’s progress in some sectors, the pandemic brought out the administration’s dexterity in governance.

She said that before the state recorded its index case, the government had established isolation centers, procured ventilators and recently added testing equipment.

“The government has upgraded the IBB Specialist Hospital, equipped the Neonatal wing of the Minna General Hospital, employed over 250 medical personnel and health workers and increased their salaries by 40 per cent,” she added.

She further said that the administration had revived the Fire Service, which was moribund in the state and restored water supply in Minna, Kontagora, Bida, Suleja, New Bussa and Lapai.

Berje also said that government, in collaboration with security agencies, had continued to ensure the security of lives and property of the people with sustained war against armed banditry, kidnapping and cattle rustling.

“The governor has also prioritised the welfare of workers and pensioners by regularly paying their salaries, pensions and gratuities.

“He implemented the 2019 minimum wage and salary structure for health workers and federal paramilitary salary structure for the state Fire Service, among others,” she said.

Berje said that the administration also made giant stride in road construction, citing the construction of over 500 kilometers of rural roads and many others in Minna, Kontagora, Bida, Agaie, Suleja, Tegina and Zungeru.

Edited By: Sam Oditah/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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Group tasks NASS leadership on full implementation of `revised condition of service’

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A group under the auspices of Concern Staff of National and State Houses of Assembly has called on the leadership of the National Assembly (NASS) to ensure that the new condition of service for legislative workers is fully implemented.

The call is contained in an open letter signed by the National Chairman of the group, Mr Salisu Funtua, and addressed to the leadership of both chambers of the National Assembly in Abuja.

Funtua recalled that in 2018, the staff of the National Assembly under the aegis of the Parliamentary Association of Nigeria (PASAN) agitated for a new condition of service.

According him, this is against the backdrop of unsatisfactory remunerations as obtained in other developed and developing legislatures across the globe

He recalled that protests led to the shutdown of the National Assembly complex for one week and prevented the free flow of legislative activities in the complex.

According to him, to break the deadlock, the Management of the National Assembly, the leadership of National Assembly Service Commission (NASC), the presiding officers of the National Assembly and PASAN signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which gave birth to the revised condition of service.

Funtua said that the `Next Level Due Process’, an NGO, had urged the leadership of NASS and NASC to stop the implementation of the amended National Assembly Conditions of Service, challenging the process.

“The process which led to the adoption and consequent gazette of the new revised conditions of service for the Staff of the National Assembly by the 8th National Assembly of which you were one of the leaders and influential voices that consummated the Condition of Service.

“As you may be aware, many State Houses of Assembly have adopted and are domesticating it,’’ he said.

Funtua said nine months into implementation, the newly constituted NASC, after assumption of office, set up a six-member committee headed by former Sen. Abubakar Tutari to revisit the conditions of service in response to petitions.

He said that there was a vast conspiracy and coordinated campaign to impugn the integrity of the process and that there was need to save the assembly from power brokers.

“The higher national interest should be uppermost in the minds of leaders at all times; the present maneuvers while it may serve the interest of the few power brokers, will wreak incalculable damage on the National Assembly by representing it in a bad light.

“The present debacle demands selfless leadership, we pray that you will seize the moment and rise up to this historic challenge by intervening on behalf of moral rectitude, due process and in the overall interest of the Legislature as an institution.

“For immediate action, we demand that the National Assembly leadership should prevail on the Chairman of the Commission to disband the Sen. Abubakar Tutari Committee and set aside its recommendations and Position Paper as the Committee cannot serve both as Investigator, judge and the executor of the said recommendations.

“We urge you to ensure that the peace that NASS Management has been enjoying since inception is allowed to reign and fostered while we look forward to your timely intervention,’’ he said.

He called for the discharge of the Tutare’s committee as it will unleash confusion, trigger industrial disharmony within the National Assembly and the state legislatures.

Funtua also said that the committee would set a dangerous precedence, if allowed to stand.

Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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1st Anniversary: Ex-lawmaker commends Gov. Sanwo-Olu’s innovative leadership

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Mr Dipo Olorunrinu, a former member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, on Thursday commended Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu for his first year  anniversary achievements as Governor of the state.

Olorunrinu, who represented Amuwo-Odofin Constituency I in the Eight Lagos Assembly, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that Sanwo-Olu had been setting pace for innovative leadership.

The lawmaker, who moved from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) few days to the expiration of his tenure, commended Sanwo-Olu’s insistence on completion of projects started by his predecessor.

“I want to sincerely commend Gov. Sanwo-Olu for his resolve not to abandon any of the projects by his predecessor.

“This is noteworthy and commendable. A deviation from those projects would have wasted public funds.

“I think the governor has done well in the last one year in spite of the disturbance and distractions the coronavirus has caused.

“He has made his marks in traffic management by employing more traffic managers, repair and construction of roads and improvement of some roundabouts.

“We can also see that the governor has employed more teachers and health workers, not to mention his impact in security. However, there are still more to be done.” Olorunrinu said.

The lawmaker, who noted that the governor came on board when most road infrastructure had failed, said that the repair of these infrastructure had brought relief to the residents.

He said that the governor’s commitment to infrastructure renewal programmes in the state should be intensified in the second year of his administration.

Olorunrinu, who commended the governor for the implementation of the new minimum wages for workers in the state in his first year, called for more welfare packages for the poor and the vulnerable.

He advised the governor to continue to demonstrate competence in the management of the resources to transform the state’s road infrastructure, health, education while also empowering youths and women.

“I advise the governor to continue embarking on many life-transforming projects that will make Lagos a truly Smart City and rekindle the hope of the common man,” Olorunrinu said.

Edited By: Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)

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Children’s Day: Be prepared for leadership challenges, lawmaker advises students

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Rep. Tunji Ajulo-Opin (APC-Kwara) has advised students at various segments to be prepared to take risk in tackling challenges associated with governance and leadership.

Ajulo-Opin, representing Ekiti/Isin/Irepodun/Oke-Ero Federal Constituency of Kwara, gave the advice in a message commemorating this year’s Children’s Day on Wednesday in Omu-Aran.

The lawmaker, also House Committee Chairman on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness, said there could not be any meaningful development without taking risk and tackling challenges.

He noted that it was time Nigerian students in whatever capacity understudied challenges to positively assume leadership position and move the nation forward.

“As presumed leaders of tommorow, you are expected to begin to imbibe and manifest leadership character and attitude at this formative school age.

“Although, the rot in the land across all spheres might be overwhelming, but with determination, zeal, commitment and mind to do things differently, you can bring desired difference.

“As you celebrate another children’s day today, you should reflect on its significance and be part of those determined to steer the ship of the country back to the path of honour, dignity and prosperity.

“Very soon, the mantle of leadership will be vested unto you. You should be ready to take risk in learning the act of leadership and governance, to be useful to yourself and the country,” he said.

Ajulo-Opin also urged the students to know their direction, saying know where you are going and determine on how to get there.

“Don’t shy away from taking challenges, as life itself is full of risk. Take everything from it because if you fail to do so, life will take everything from you,” the lawmaker said.

He further urged the students to imbibe attributes of good leadership such as honesty, diligence, loyalty, courage, spiritual depth, consistent and values while motivating themselves to be relevant academically.

Ajulo-Opin further advised the students to shy away from attitude, character associated with illicit and criminal acts in preserving their dignity, that of their parents and the country.

“This is the only way you can successfully assume the mantle of leadership and promote desired good governance as potential future leaders,” said the legislator.

He noted that recent training of over 500 youths in the constituency on entrepreneurship development, skills and vocations was part of larger youth developmental project to be self productive and reliance.

He added that the training, in collaboration with Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (SMEDAN), was aimed at equipping the youths with relevant knowledge and information.

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Interview: Wharton dean calls for stronger world leadership as COVID-19 slows globalization

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The COVID-19 pandemic will likely accelerate the trends against globalization as countries seek to be more self-reliant in the wake of the crisis, said Geoffrey Garrett, dean of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Reversing globalization, however, will drive up the prices of consumer products and limit the growth potential for global economies, especially emerging markets, Garrett told Xinhua in a recent video interview, calling for better leadership to keep trade open and allow the world to continue to benefit from globalization.

DEGLOBALIZATION “VERY BAD IDEA”

Garrett said the peak of globalization was probably right before the 2008 financial crisis, and subsequently in the Western world, there has been a lot of pushback to it, with concerns over job losses, among others.

“I think that’s just going to be accelerated now by the pandemic and the notion that everything needs to be closer. Supply chains need to be shorter. We need to be more self-reliant,” he said, noting that this partially resulted from a shortage of medical supplies in some countries.

Some 156 export controls on medical supplies and medicines have been executed by 85 governments since the beginning of the year, according to a recent report by Global Trade Alert, a trade policy monitoring initiative.

The Wharton dean said there exists a political tendency to promote self-reliance, but it’s a “very bad idea” for two reasons in his view.

“One is that in the Western world, certainly consumer prices will be higher,” he said. “In the United States, imagine if the iPhone were actually assembled in America rather than by Foxconn in China, the price would just be much higher.”

“But on the other side, I think it’s really true that globalization has been a big growth driver for emerging markets,” he said. “I think Africa, for example, really needs more connection with the global economy, not less.”

While he understands the anti-globalization sentiment right now, Garrett said “if we look at the big logic of the global economy over the last 40 years, I really think it (globalization) has been a win-win.”

“So it’d be a terrible thing in my opinion, if we really reverse that and we reverse it for a long period of time,” he said.

In light of the anti-globalization trend, the Wharton dean said “what we need is leadership, leadership that explains to the average citizen how the global economy actually works,” so that the public doesn’t see trade a zero-sum game.

Aside from efforts from the leadership, Garrett said multinational firms, which have been unwilling to explain how their businesses really work in a way that average citizens can understand, should step up to do so.

Additionally, even if the global economy benefits in aggregate from globalization, some people are dislocated in the short term, Garrett said. “So we’ve got to think about how to minimize the cost to them.”

“I do think we need just better leadership on the global stage to ensure that we continue to get the benefits of globalization while somehow cushioning the adverse impact of globalization on some people, the kind of frictions that it creates,” he said.

GLOBAL RECOVERY COULD TAKE LONG

As countries slowly start to loosen containment measures, Garrett said he expects the global economy to take a longer time to recover.

“Part of that will be logistical. It’s just really hard, for example, to rebuild global supply chains or open them up,” Garrett said, noting that reopening the economy will be a gradual process.

“But I think the bigger element is psychological. People are going to have to be confident enough to go back to live the daily lives. And I think that’s just going to take some time,” he said.

When asked about the major challenges for global economic recovery, the Wharton dean said “the fact that demand has collapsed in this economic hibernation is just a profound thing.” However, that demand could come back, he added.

Another key challenge, Garrett believes, is that good businesses could go bankrupt because they don’t have any revenue right now, and government bailouts are not unlimited. “I think that would slow the recovery,” he said.

Despite the overall gloomy picture, Garrett has seen a silver lining. “The two obvious things to say, that technology and healthcare companies will do well coming out of the crisis,” he said, noting that NASDAQ, a U.S. stock index powered by big tech companies, is actually up for the year.

Beyond that, Garrett highlighted the potential for the finance sector, saying that the world of private equity, hedge funds and venture capital will “probably boom” during the pandemic as they did after the global financial crisis.

Looking back to the period after the 2008 financial crisis, Garrett said major governments, including China, the United States and Britain, had taken enormous actions in response to the crisis, and also had lots of collaboration and coordination mostly through the Group of 20.

“I think that kind of international collaboration has just been absent so far in response to the pandemic. And I hope we can change that,” said the Wharton dean, noting that each country’s fiscal and monetary stimulus, though strong and appropriate, has a national and inward-looking focus.

“It’s understandable for governments to want to use national policy tools to affect the national economy. But if they can do that in a way that promotes international coordination and international openness, that’s a better way to go,” he said.

CHINESE ECONOMIC ACTIVITY PICKING UP

Commenting on China‘s recovery from COVID-19, the Wharton dean said “obviously China is several months ahead of the West, and it looks like Chinese domestic economic activity has picked up dramatically in the last month or so.”

Garrett believed the problem for China now will be global demand, and

noted that 2020 is just going to be “an incredibly difficult year” for every economy in the world, including China.

However, he said “we should just never lose sight of the fact that what’s happened in China since 1978 is probably the greatest economic miracle in the history of the world.”

“Lifting 700 million people out of poverty in three or four decades is just extraordinary,” he said, referring to China‘s poverty alleviation efforts.

On China-U.S. relations, Garrett the U.S. government obviously has taken a very hard stand on technology in the last 12 months, with export restrictions on Huawei being an example.

By imposing export control restrictions on the Chinese tech giant, “we’re also hurting American firms like Broadcom and Qualcomm and Flextronics that have such strong and long lasting relationships with Huawei,” he said.

Garrett noted the world has benefited from companies like Apple, Google, Huawei being global firms, not national firms. “I hope we don’t lose sight of that bigger picture,” he said.

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Wharton dean urges better global leadership amid COVID-19 pandemic

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The dean of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania called for heightened global leadership amid the COVID-19 pandemic and warned against a growing globalization backlash in a recent video interview with Xinhua.

“What we need is leadership, leadership that explains to the average citizen how the global economy actually works,” so that the public doesn’t see trade a zero-sum game, said Geoffrey Garrett, dean of the university’s business school.

Multinational firms, which have been unwilling to explain how their businesses really work in a way that average citizens can understand, should step up to do so, said the Wharton dean.

Additionally, even if the global economy benefits in aggregate from globalization, some people are dislocated in the short term, Garrett said. “So we’ve got to think about how to minimize the cost to them.”

“I do think we need just better leadership on the global stage to ensure that we continue to get the benefits of globalization while somehow cushioning the adverse impact of globalization on some people, the kind of frictions that it creates,” he said.

Garrett said the peak of globalization was probably right before the 2008 financial crisis, and subsequently in the Western world, there has been a lot of pushback to it, with concerns over job losses, among others.

“I think that’s just going to be accelerated now by the pandemic and the notion that everything needs to be closer. Supply chains need to be shorter. We need to be more self-reliant,” he said, noting that this partially resulted from a shortage of medical supplies in some countries.

Some 156 export controls on medical supplies and medicines have been executed by 85 governments since the beginning of the year, according to a recent report by Global Trade Alert, a trade policy monitoring initiative.

The Wharton dean said right now there is certainly a political tendency calling for self-reliance, but it’s a “very bad idea” for two reasons.

“One is that in the Western world, certainly consumer prices will be higher,” he said. “In the United States, imagine if the iPhone were actually assembled in America rather than by Foxconn in China, the price would just be much higher.”

“But on the other side, I think it’s really true that globalization has been a big growth driver for emerging markets,” he said. “I think Africa, for example, really needs more connection with the global economy, not less.”

While he understands the anti-globalization sentiment right now, Garrett said “if we look at the big logic of the global economy over the last 40 years, I really think it (globalization) has been a win-win.”

“So it’d be a terrible thing in my opinion, if we really reverse that and we reverse it for a long period of time,” he said.

(XINHUA)

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Former UK PM Tony Blair questions Trump’s leadership in coronavirus pandemic

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Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair questioned U.S. President Donald Trump’s leadership in facing “terrifying” novel coronavirus pandemic and expressed his worry about the lack of global coordination in tackling the crisis, the British newspaper Daily Mail has reported.

“The worry I have that an absence of global coordination and global leadership that’s necessary for it is a huge problem,” the Daily Mail quoted Blair as saying, citing his recent interview with NBC News.

Blair, who served from 1997 to 2007 as British prime minister, said it’s important to bring the world together when facing the pandemic.

With “global coordination”, Blair said leaders could find a vaccine together, accelerate the development of therapeutics and testing capability, and organize economic measures to keep the international economy afloat, Daily Mail reported.

“It’s that global coordination, the absence of which means that each individual country’s less effective at dealing with the disease. That’s the thing that worries me,” he said.

Blair said in Western countries people are well-informed about the disease but not sufficiently informed about the economic collapse it could trigger.

“The safest thing for any political leader to do is just keep the lockdown because the risk of COVID-19 spreading is going to be minimal, but on the other hand if you’re looking responsibly into how you get through this into the medium term without the economic wreckage being absolutely devastated,” he was quoted by the newspaper as saying.

“The countries that locked down fast and that are building, testing, tracing and tracking capability fast, that then enables you to be more bold on the economy,” he said in the interview with NBC.

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China’s support to global anti-pandemic fight shows true leadership: UN official

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What China has done in supporting the international community in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated “true leadership,” a high-ranking UN official said Friday.

China has done a tremendous work in containing the outbreak domestically,” Jorge Chediek, UN secretary general’s envoy on South-South Cooperation and director of the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), told Xinhua in an exclusive interview through email on Friday.

“Despite its own challenging situation, China has also provided support to over 150 countries and multilateral organizations through making available financial resources and dispatching technical expertise, as well as providing personal protective equipment, medical equipment and procurement and logistics assistance,” said Chediek.

The UNOSSC director also highly commended China‘s concrete measures pledged at the World Health Assembly to boost global fight against COVID-19, such as providing international aid.

A staff member transports medical supplies donated by the International Department of the Communist Party of China Central Committee in Havana, Cuba, May 6, 2020. (Photo by Joaquin Hernandez/Xinhua)

A staff member transports medical supplies donated by the International Department of the Communist Party of China Central Committee in Havana, Cuba, May 6, 2020. (Photo by Joaquin Hernandez/Xinhua)

“This is a demonstration of strong solidarity with the international community and true global leadership,” said Chediek.

Talking about the cooperation between UNOSSC and China, he said that his office has been working with the Chinese government in making available financial resources to support developing countries’ efforts in responding to the COVID-19 outbreak.

“We are also working with many partners from China including the Alibaba Group … and many others, to coordinate knowledge exchanges among medical professionals on COVID-19 prevention and treatment between China and developing countries, and pledging and mobilizing donations of PPEs and medical equipment to developing country partners and institutions,” said Chediek.

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