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As part to the European Union´s Investment Climate Reform (ICR) Facility, Dr Cesar Cordova has been working on assisting governments of African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) to mitigate the economic impacts of the COVID 19 Pandemic. The project comprises two components: the first one consisted in preparing and delivery an international webinar on possible measures governments can establish to mitigate the economic impacts caused by COVID 19. This webinar delivered in English and French in July 2020 was followed by more than 200 participants from ACP governments, think tanks and BMOs. Key issues discussed were: how can they carry out diagnostics on business environment and their readiness to better absorb the economic shocks of the crisis? How can reforming teams organize to diagnostic and design reforms to respond to the crisis? How to prioritize the right areas of business environment to respond to the crisis?

 The second component of the project consists of virtual one-on-one mentoring sessions of individual APEC countries officials. For this, Dr Cordova provides remote assistance to interested experts from governments and business organizations via video conferencing services. The first intervention was on 24 September to the Agence de Promotion des Investissements et des Exportations (APIEX) of Benin. During the event Dr Cordova provided guidance on how to approach reform, select the type of measure that can better handle the crisis in the short and long term, and monitor for outcomes.

Funded by:  European Comission under contract to Stichting SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, 2020.