Alongside the public health and economic costs of the coronavirus pandemic, the crisis is also exerting new pressures on an already fractious geopolitical landscape. Asia House welcomed Professor Danny Quah, Dean and Li Ka Shing Professor in Economics at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, to brief Corporate Members on what these issues could mean for the global trade system.
In an informative and insightful briefing, Professor Quah offered an assessment of Singapore’s handling of COVID-19, as well as the World Health Organization’s response to the outbreak. He also shared insights from his latest research on how governments around the world reacted to the developing crisis, and addressed some of the narratives that have since emerged around China’s conduct in the early stages of the outbreak.
In a lively Q&A with Asia House Corporate Members, who joined the digital discussion from around the world, Professor Quah took questions on whether the crisis will lead to greater cooperation or fragmentation within ASEAN; the impact of COVID-19 on Japan; and the likely influence the pandemic will have on world trade and globalisation.
The briefing took place on 14 May, with Prof Quah speaking from Singapore via video, and was moderated by Asia House Chief Executive Michael Lawrence as part of an ongoing series of digital events to keep Asia House’s global network informed during the coronavirus crisis.
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