South Africa commits to women’s financial inclusion

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa reiterated the country’s commitment to women’s financial inclusion. He was speaking during a High Level Virtual Panel hosted by the G7 Partnership for Women’s Digital Financial Inclusion in Africa. South Africa has among the highest number of cases of COVID-19 in the world, necessitating varied lockdown measures. The President emphasised the pandemic had set back Africa’s development and disproportionately affected women. He therefore called for the cancellation of interest on African national debts, arguing that the money could be redirected to programmes for urgent issues such as housing, health care, water and sanitation, and education.