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Thursday, March 19, 2020 (4:30 PM - 5:30 PM)

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The covid-19 pandemic, as it is now officially categorized, poses a severe threat to global growth. The Economist Intelligence Unit now expects global growth of 1.9% this year—the slowest rate since the global financial crisis. The negative effect on growth will come via both demand and supply channels. On the one hand, quarantine measures, illness, and negative consumer and business sentiment will suppress demand. At the same time, the closure of some factories and disruption to supply chains will create supply bottlenecks.


The realization that global GDP will probably shrink for part of the year has led to a flurry of policy responses from governments and central banks. The US Federal Reserve has dramatically cut the lending rates to near zero and the Bank of England has also made emergency cut of 0.5 percentage points. The European Central Bank and the Bank of Japan are likely to follow suit, although with rates at or near zero already both are somewhat constrained.


In Asia governments have already enacted support and stimulus measures including straight cash handouts (Hong Kong), cash-flow support to retain and retrain workers (Singapore) and easing compliance measures for SMEs (China).


Join us for the special webinar on March 19 at 16:30-17:30 (Singapore time, GMT+8) where we draw on the internal expertise of The Economist Intelligence Unit and specialist perspectives from industry to:

  • Review pandemic related policy responses across Asia
  • Identify measures of immediate relevance to your business
  • Share The Economist Intelligence Unit's latest economic forecasts and scenarios


This webinar is for members of The Economist Corporate Network. If you are not a member but would like to learn more about our service, including our special #responsestothecoronavirus series, please contact us at ecn_enquiries@economist.com or ecn_asia@economist.com.

Speakers

  • Mary Boyd (Network Director, Shanghai of The Economist Corporate Network)

    Mary Boyd

    Network Director, Shanghai of The Economist Corporate Network

  • Alicia Garcia Herrero (Chief Economist at Natixis)

    Alicia Garcia Herrero

    Chief Economist at Natixis

  • Takuji Okubo (Director, Corporate Network, North Asia of The Economist Corporate Network)

    Takuji Okubo

    Director, Corporate Network, North Asia of The Economist Corporate Network

  • Pamela Qiu (Director, South-east Asia of Economist Corporate Network)

    Pamela Qiu

    Director, South-east Asia of Economist Corporate Network

  • Andrew Staples (Global Editorial Director of Economist Corporate Network)

    Andrew Staples

    Global Editorial Director of Economist Corporate Network

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