International Economics is working with the Regional Multidisciplinary Centre of Excellence (RMCE) and the World Bank to promote regional cooperation solutions for both the private and public sector in their response to COVID-19 in the Indian Ocean region. This project will specifically cover three crucial areas: 1. Peer learning and support; 2. Production and procurement of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other medical supplies; and 3. Production and procurement of COVID-19 testing.

This particular intervention focuses on a short-term horizon in building up a regional database of potential suppliers and demanders of critical COVID-19 medical supplies, including for testing, estimated logistical arrangements needed, and delivery networks possible, and map the critical players in the region, from procurement and a delivery/production standpoint.