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COVID-19 pandemic has indeed thrown Africa into a state of shock, anger, and confusion, with over 225,000 infected cases, 6,051 mortalities, and over 102,000 recoveries across the continent. The pandemic has forced the world to meet, work, and socializ...

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African Continent Must Unmute Its Mic As E-Diplomacy Takes Precedence

Published by: Tobiloba Chelsea
06/13/2020 02:23 PM

COVID-19 pandemic has indeed thrown Africa into a state of shock, anger, and confusion, with over 225,000 infected cases, 6,051 mortalities, and over 102,000 recoveries across the continent. The pandemic has forced the world to meet, work, and socialize online, in the confinement of their homes. 

 

Several countries have taken the step to conduct international relations differently. Leading global decision-making symposium, such as national parliaments down to the council of the United Nations (UN) security, all conducting meetings through the internet. 

 

The disruptive element of the pandemic has aided in the discovery of new forms of virtual decision-making, improving and increasing online interactions, which in turn could encourage foreign affairs to become more accessible, less elitist, and more inclusive. 

 

This, however, presents opportunities of great importance for Africa, these benefits depend solely on the technological and connectivity aspect, giving the extent to which Africa lags in this respect. 

 

Over the past few months, the African Union (AU), African governments, and the non-governmental body have held and taken part in virtual conferences pertaining to peace and security, connecting thousands of stakeholders in Africa. 

 

While the prospects seem exciting, there are unforeseen risks if Africa fails to gain advantage of these possibilities. The limited access the African continent has to internet infrastructure could aid several states on the periphery of this approach to international relations (IR). African could indeed embrace the full potential and unlimited benefits of ICT access.

 

 

 

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