SONA 2021 focused on COVID-19, Vaccines & Economic Recovery, but lacked details

Highlights _________________________________________________________________________________ • The State of the Nation Address (Sona) 2021 contained no new plans. • It focused on combatting COVID-19, its variant and securing vaccines, as well as implementing the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan. • The emphasis was on infrastructure rollouts, an increase in local production (import substitution), employment stimulus and an increase in electricity generation. • Other issues discussed included plans to fight corruption and gender-based violence.…

Economies at a glance January 2021

United States: New president, Joe Biden, changed course by signing 17 executive orders on his first day in office – reversing several environment-related policies introduced by former president Trump. His promised target of 100 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to be administered during his first 100 days in office is likely to be exceeded. Meanwhile, Americans started to receive their $600 ‘stimulus checks’, which formed part of the $900 billion relief…