“Quarantine and restrictions due to COVID-19 complicated our work. We don’t want delays with the delivery of perishable and essential goods,” says Larissa. The Partnership monitors the situation at the borders to ensure drivers have accurate information. “If the borders are closed due to COVID-19, we search and offer alternative transit routes,” says Larissa.
The Partnership is using their WhatsApp group to address urgent and priority issues. With USAID’s support, the Partnership initiated a weekly Skype discussion among its members on the impact of COVID-19 measures on regional supply chains. Companies from Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan discuss the immediate impact of measures restricting the spread of COVID-19, including closure and delays at border crossings and driver quarantine and explore potential risk mitigation measures.
“It is easier to show accomplishments when you only support 2-3 specific companies but the rest of the business may not receive the same help. We strive to create equal opportunities for the whole region so that all companies can reap the benefits of our work,” shares Larissa.