PriceWaterHouseCoopers (PwC) has joined The Africa Against Ebola Solidarity Trust in fighting against Ebola through the African Union Support for Ebola in West Africa (ASEOWA) program.
PwC will provide financial and risk management and fund administration service to the Trust
“When African business gathered in Addis Ababa on 8 November 2014 and pledged to partner us in eradicating this dreadful disease, I requested from them not only cash, but also their competences in project management, logistics, financial management and governance”, explained Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the Chairperson of the AU Commission.
The Trust’s ultimate goal is to build a resilient Africa, with the capacity to respond rapidly to pandemics.
The Trust includes Africa’s leading entrepreneurs, such as Aliko Dangote (Dangote Group), Strive Masiyiwa (Econet Wireless), Phuthuma Nhleko (MTN), Patrice Motsepe (African Rainbow Minerals), Cristina Stenberg (Kinnevik) and Yusuf Manji (The Quality Group), as well as top companies like Nedbank, Standard Chartered Bank and Old Mutual.
Suresh Kana, CEO of PWC Africa noted, “The livelihood of our West Africa region is dependent upon not only addressing the current Ebola crisis, but also on putting in place sustainable measures to prevent future outbreaks. We are honored to play a role in supporting the Trust and the AU in their efforts”
Last year, other professional services firms also joined the Africa Against Ebola campaign: Deloitte pledged to serve as the Trust’s independent auditors for free; Appleby Global has provided discounted legal and trust management services; and Standard Chartered Bank has made its pan-African banking services network available to the Trust.