Ethiopia’s finance ministry signed a US$907M financing agreement with the World Bank on Friday geared towards improving access to financing, the fight against COVID-19 and electricity investment, it said.
Some US$700M was a loan and US$207M a grant, the ministry said in a statement.
The ministry said that US$200M will go towards small and medium businesses affected by the pandemic with the aim of easing their financing challenges.
Another US$207M will be for the deployment of COVID-19 vaccines and the remaining US$500M will be invested in efforts to increase access to electricity in the Horn of Africa nation.
Like other countries around the world, Ethiopia’s economy has been hit hard by the pandemic.
In February, the International Monetary Fund said that Ethiopia’s economic growth is projected to be 2% in 2020/21, largely due to the effects of the coronavirus, but it is expected to rebound to 8.7% in 2021/22 in line with a global recovery.