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COVID-19 Safeguards Guidance to Partners

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COVID-19 Safeguards Guidance to Partners

As you must be aware, cases of COVID-19 have been reported in many of our operating countries (thus far in DRC, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and South Sudan). COVID-19 has created an unprecedented challenge for all of us across the globe, including those of us working in to grow prosperity through trade in Eastern Africa. Africa has so far escaped the worst of the pandemic but as countries across the Eastern Africa impose measures to contain the spread of the virus, TMEA is also adjusting to the new realities.

With the health and safety of our staff and partners at the forefront of our minds, and in line with our Governments’ and WHO advice on the issue, TMEA will institute a mandatory work from home policy starting on Monday, March 23 until at least Tuesday, April 14. We will not be travelling, and we will not be attending large meetings or conferences. During this time, our office locations will be closed, yet we will remain working and on duty. TMEA remains at work and operating. Please be in touch as usual by phone or email with your TMEA contacts to continue to conduct business.

We are determined that we continue with our work. To ensure this and communication with our stakeholders remains constant and fluid, we shall be utilising call conferencing and video conferencing solutions in lieu of physical meetings. Any urgent needs for physical meetings that may arise during this period will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

As we implement our work, TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) is committed in ensuring the well- being of the people and environment in the areas that we work in. This includes our staff, partners and the communities where we work. During this pandemic period, we as an organisation are taking this even more seriously, and expect our implementing partners to do the same. 

Below are the suggestions we are putting in place to support our Governments’ initiatives to contain the spread of the virus and manage this challenging situation, while at the same time, identifying opportunities that allow us to deliver our joint objectives for the year. Please note that these suggestions will be reviewed and communicated regularly.

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