Countries and organizations in Europe under their aegis of Team Europe have announced their intention to provide 125 million euros (about 518 billion shillings) in loans to help Ugandan small and medium-sized businesses recover from the impact of the coronavirus.
“We are planning a package to provide access to credit to small and medium-sized enterprises in the sectors most affected by the crisis. This package will also encourage new partnerships between Ugandan and European entrepreneurs,” Team Europe said in a statement.
- Support for small businesses will go through local banks. The timetable for companies to start making money is not yet clear. In the same statement, Team Europe claims that its grants to the Ugandan government to fight the coronavirus have reached 219 billion shillings.
- Team Europe includes several countries and organizations such as the European Union delegation, European financial institutions such as the European Investment Bank and the German Development Bank, civil protection and humanitarian aid operations (ECHO) among others .
- This includes the € 30 million that the EU granted to Uganda in April. They hope their contribution will contribute to the purchase of personal protective equipment, PCR machines, additional test kits, mobile laboratories and infrared thermometers to support front-line workers in their fight against the spread of COVID. -19.