The government of the oil rich Equatorial Guinea has donated $2 million to China for the fight against Coronavirus outbreak which has brought China to its feet. Chaired by President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, Equatorial Guinea’s Council of Ministers made the pledge after Wednesday’s meeting.
“China has always been a very strong and loyal supporter of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea and this contribution is a demonstration that Equatorial Guinea stands in solidarity with China and its people as it fights a global outbreak that has already cost too many lives,” said Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima, Minister of Mines.
“Our ongoing Year of Investment Initiative will be a testimony to the depth of our cooperation and relationship with China. It is a pleasure for Equatorial Guinea to support its partner in times of need,” he continued.
The gesture has been taken with little criticism. It is not the first time that African countries have stepped up to help other countries in times of need.
In April 1946 Zimbabwe, then a British colony called Southern Rhodesia raised £20,000 to help Britain with food which was reeling from food shortages after the Second World War.
Morocco made a donation of an undisclosed amount to France for the rebuilding of the Notre-Dame cathedral which was razed by fire last year.
Corona virus has been spreading unabated with more than 23000 cases confirmed and 563 deaths reported to date. African countries have been on high alert and a number of airlines have suspended flights to China.