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Saarc Covid-19 Emergency Fund: Four countries Including Afghanistan pledge $2.3m

Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives have announced their contributions to the Saarc Covid-19 Emergency Fund, which was proposed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 15, to fight spread of the deadly virus under a common regional strategy.
Saarc Covid-19 Emergency Fund: Four countries Including Afghanistan pledge $2.3m
Afghanistan and Nepal pledged $1 million each, the Maldives pledged $200,000 and Bhutan $100,000.
Bangladesh is also working on the making contribution to the fund, which will be finalised today, said a foreign ministry official.
The development comes amid rising cases of Covid-19 that has triggered lockdowns in many countries worldwide, especially in Europe. Experts warn that it may turn serious if immediate and effective measures are not taken now, especially in the countries that are highly populated.
Saarc leaders too voiced similar concerns during a videoconference on March 15. On that day, the Indian PM had made an initial offer of $10 million.


 
Sunday 22 March 2020 12:47
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