1. The authorities of the Central African Republic (C.A.R.) are grateful to Executive Directors, Management and Staff for the continued support that they have benefited, including through the recent approval of debt service relief under the Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust (CCRT). The COVID-19 pandemic is striking C.A.R. at a critical time as progress was being made in strengthening macroeconomic stability, notably in the context of the Extended Credit Facility (ECF) arrangement. Efforts were also being made in restoring political stability in the country following the February 2019 Political Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation. In response to the pandemic, the authorities acted swiftly with containment measures and the preparation of a response plan in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) to control the contagion and strengthen the health system. To cope with the financing needs created by this tremendous exogeneous shock, the authorities are requesting emergency assistance from the Fund under the Rapid Credit Facility (RCF).