economic research

A Research and Analysis Webinar: "Covid-19 and GVCs"

Geneva, WTO Headquarters
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Watch the recording of the event here

Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic and the supply issues that many countries have faced with regard to medical devices and testing materials, there has been a discussion among researchers and policy makers about rearrangements of global value chains to limit the risks of supply disruption. Stockpiling, diversification, or re-shoring have all been suggested as potential options to make supply chains more resilient to shocks.

With this background, the focus of this webinar is to exchange views on the reasons for changes in global value chains as a result of Covid-19 both from a positive angle, analysing expected changes in the behaviour of firms, and from a normative angle, assessing the different arguments for policy interventions by governments.

More specifically, the interventions will address the following two questions:

1) What do we know or can observe about how the covid-19 crisis is inducing firms to reorganize value chains?
2) What should governments do to ensure resilience and robustness of value chains and the provision of essential goods in times of crisis?

15:00 – 15:05

Introduction: Robert Koopman, Chief economist, WTO

15:05 – 15:10

Eddy Bekkers, Research economist, WTO
presentation

15:10 – 15:20

Frank van Tongeren, Head, SMART data and modelling unit, OECD
presentation

15:20 – 15:30

Susan Lund, Partner, McKinsey Global Institute

15:30 – 15:40

Caroline Freund, Global Director of Trade, Investment and Competitiveness, World Bank
presentation

15:40 – 15:50

Nitya Pandalai-Nayar, Assistant professor, University of Texas
presentation

15:50 – 16:00

Ana Maria Santacreu, Senior economist, Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis
presentation

16:00 – 16:30

Questions and discussion session moderated by Robert Koopman

Please, register in advance for this webinar at: Registration Link

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