Xinhua news agency, Addis Ababa, August 11 (reporter Wang Shoubao) – Vera Songgui, executive secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, said on the 11th that the new crown epidemic continued to spread, causing a serious impact on African economy. Speaking at a video conference jointly organized by the Chinese mission to the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa on the same day, Songgui said that even with optimistic estimates, Africa’s economic growth rate this year may drop to nearly zero from the 3.2% previously expected. < / P > < p > she said the epidemic prevention and control measures cost Africa about $69 billion a month in economic losses. Some African countries rely on tourism and hotel industries for their economic development, but these industries have been hit hard by the epidemic. Africa needs to work hard to keep some sectors of the economy open while controlling the epidemic in order to mitigate the adverse impact on the economy. Songgui spoke highly of China’s support for the fight against the epidemic in Africa. She said that the cooperation between the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and ant financial services in the field of e-commerce has enabled some small and medium-sized enterprises in Africa to obtain resources and support. She also stressed the importance of further strengthening global cooperation to fight the epidemic together. “Africa needs to buy test kits and personal protective equipment, Africa’s much-needed resources need to be met, and we hope every country can participate in it.” According to the data released by the African Center for Disease Control and prevention on the 11th, more than 1.05 million new crown confirmed cases and more than 23000 deaths occurred in Africa.