IOE digital conference on the impact of Covid-19 on global trade, supply chains and employment

Wednesday 8 April 2020, 14:00–15:30 (Europe CST)

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To limit the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, governments have decided to press the “pause button” forcing the global economy to a standstill. All around the globe, businesses have been forced to rethink their entire supply chains to deal with strict restrictions that were placed on international trade. The disruption generated by these measures represent a major challenge for the global economy, especially for low-income and emerging economies which will suffer the most the drop of the global demand, production and investments all at the same time.

As the full impact of the crisis is yet to be felt, it’s critical to take stock of the short and long-term consequences on global trade, supply chains and employment, especially in those developing economies which heavily rely on exportations as a primary source of income.

Will trade activities return to normal? How many jobs will be lost? Can companies continue producing and will global production chains be revamped after the crisis? These are some of the questions speakers from the WTO, ILO and Employers’ Organisation will provide insights on in IOE’ next digital conference.


  • Bob Koopman, Chief Economist and Director of economic research, World Trade Organization
  • Sangheon Lee, Director Employment Policy Department, International Labour Organization
  • Eva Hampl, Senior Director for Trade, Investment and Financial Services, United States Council for International Business
  • Farooq Ahmed,Secretary General, Bangladesh Employers Federation
  • Phil O’Reilly, Managing Director, Iron Duke Partners

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