Speaking on Joy News’ PM Express, Laporte said, “we’ve provided US$430 million to Ghana to fight COVID-19. And this includes different activities including initially the communication campaign, the sensitization campaign, equipping labs, equipping new facilities to receive patients, to treat patients.”
He added Ghana received an additional US$130 million from the World Bank which was purposely for the purchase of vaccines.
Pierre Frank Laporte indicated that these projects were targeted at Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) which are the backbone of Ghana’s economy.
He explained, the World Bank also accelerated the disbursement of projects like the Ghana Economic Transformation projects which targeted SMEs in particular.
He noted, the World Bank was further accelerating the disbursement of its social protection project while approving US$100 million more to support the project.
“So, a lot of things are happening. We’re hoping that the Development Bank, the Development Finance will also get resources for small businesses so a lot happened that we’ve done,” Pierre Frank Laporte stressed.
Laporte revealed further on the show that, Ghana could receive a further US$60 million to help in its continuous fight against COVID-19.
“You see the Omicron variant has reminded us of something that we should never think that COVID will just go away like that. It may go away, it may not. At this point in time, we’re discussing a further tranche of support for COVID-19.
“If all goes well it should be available early March. We’re looking at US$60million dollars, which 20 will go directly for more vaccines and the 40 for additional treatment centers,” he said.