April 7 2016 - Alan Knight, general manager, corporate responsibility at ArcelorMittal, will today testify at a Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy hearing in Washington DC. The hearing will examine a progress report on the West Africa Ebola Epidemic and Alan Knight will testify in his role as chairman of the Ebola Private Sector Mobilisation Group (EPSMG).
ArcelorMittal founded the EPSMG during the outbreak of Ebola in Liberia in 2014 to facilitate a mobilised and coordinated private sector response to the Ebola virus disease in West Africa. Initially it was a platform for sharing information between companies to help combat Ebola, which quickly grew to include international advocacy for a global response to the Ebola outbreak, and the mobilisation of in-country resources to support humanitarian and healthcare first responders. At the peak there were more than 100 companies, and almost 50 public bodies and NGOs, participating in EPSMG from a wide range of sectors and countries.
During the hearing today, Alan Knight will provide evidence on two hearing discussion points, which include examining the role of the private sector in coordinating an effective, rapid response during a crisis and examining the challenges to economic recovery. He will provide an overview of the role played by the private sector in tackling the Ebola outbreak and provide some observations on recovery in West Africa.
As the operators of an iron-ore mine in Liberia, ArcelorMittal is one of the largest private sector employers in the country.
Speaking ahead of the testimony, Alan Knight commented: "The battle against Ebola is far from over and many challenges lie ahead for West Africa including the challenging economic environment. Business has shown that it can rise to the challenge, working in partnership to deliver the most effective response, to the benefit of employees, their families and their communities. But the private sector cannot and should not replace the role of other stakeholder groups and thus there is a great deal more work to be done."
See Dr Knight's full testimony here
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