CEMAC zone: recession could reach 6% according to BEAC

All the indicators are certainly not red. But most of the economic indicators in the six countries of the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC) are already found the Monetary Policy Committee (CPM) of the Bank of Central African States (BEAC) at the end of the second annual session on June 24, 2020 in Yaoundé.

Analyzing the situation in Central Africa, it emerges that in the short and medium terms, the CEMAC zone is affected by the health crisis and the fall in the prices of the main export products. "

"In the first half of 2020, the revival of productive activities was slowed down in the sub-region by the disruption of supply circuits for imported products as well as by the restrictive measures adopted by the various governments to contain the effects of the pandemic. Although it is premature for the moment to fully grasp the impact of COVID-19 on national economies, it is already anticipated during this first semester a drop in production as well as a det…

Seasonal agricultural workers will be allowed on Canadian soil

Foreign agricultural workers will be allowed on Canadian soil, provided they are isolated for 14 days, the federal government has announced. Canada's Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Bill Blair, has suggested to the media that international students, visa workers and temporary foreign workers may enter the country if they follow instructions to reduce the risks of spreading the coronavirus.

Seasonal agricultural workers will be allowed on Canadian soil

“The government has made the right decision. Preventing the arrival of these workers would have had disastrous consequences on the agricultural sector, more specifically the horticultural sector (fruit and vegetables, etc.) but especially on the cost of the grocery basket, "said the president of the Union des producteurs agricoles , Marcel Groleau, by press release.

However, all is not settled since agricultural workers, especially from Guatemala, cannot leave their country, due to the local government's decision to close its borders. Having no details of the decision, the UPA is careful not to say more, but it firmly believes that the Canadian government will have to approach Guatemala.
During his daily press conference, the Premier of Quebec, François Legault, reassured the farmers and said that he had met with Ottawa on this matter. "Guatemala has closed its airports for its commercial flights, but if, for example, a Quebec company, Canadian, hired a plane to pick up people there, the federal government would agree to welcome them", a- he declared.

A “compromised” season

The announcement of the closure of Canada's borders - including the Canada-US border "of non-essential traffic" - to persons not citizens or permanent residents had caused a commotion in the agricultural community. Without the arrival of some 16,000 temporary foreign workers who come year after year to Quebec, "the production season will be compromised," said the president of the UPA on Wednesday in a press conference aimed at alerting authorities.

In the event of a slowdown or stoppage in horticultural production, the UPA said it feared an explosion in the price of fruit and vegetables, which represent about 20% of Quebecers' groceries. In summer, 80% of fruit and vegetables from grocery stores are produced locally.

Already too late?

Before knowing that temporary agricultural workers were going to be able to cross the border, Martin Gibouleau, from the Margiric farm in Laval, was rather skeptical. According to him, it is already too late to avoid any impact on the production chain. "I believe that even if the borders open for our foreign workers, there will be delays," said the entrepreneur, whose farm hosts more than 200 temporary workers. “The pepper is sown at the end of March for a harvest in August and September. If we don't start it, it's not something that we're going to be able to fix in two or three weeks. "