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Pakistan’s dangerous capitulation to the religious right on the coronavirus

The religious right in Pakistan has long influenced the country’s government and is doing so amid this COVID-19 pandemic, explains Madiha Afzal. This piece originally appeared in the Washington Post. Perform your ablutions at home. Bring your own prayer mats, place them six feet apart. Wear masks. Use the provided hand sanitizer. No handshakes or…

The Developing World: The Bigger COVID-19 Disaster in the Making

This article was originally published by the Centre for Global Policy on 6 May and the author is Dr Azeem Ibrahim. As damaging as the COVID-19 pandemic has been in China and the West, it is set to devastate developing countries through death tolls, economic hardships and instability.  The news coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic…

Financial decision-maker sentiment during the COVID-19 pandemic: A global perspective

Solving the COVID 19 humanitarian challenge is obviously the first priority. Much remains to be done globally to respond and recover, but this collection of articles and research from Mckinsey & Company seeks to track financial decision-maker sentiment and behaviour across multiple countries to provide facts and insight. https://www.mckinsey.com/industries/financial-services/our-insights/financial-decision-maker-sentiment-during-the-covid-19-pandemic

Reading the COVID-19 Market

Lord Jim O’Neill, Baron O’Neill of Gatley, Chair of Chatham House recently wrote an article exploring whether equity markets are correct in defying the popular narrative about a coming Great Depression-scale downturn. This interesting article was published by Project Syndicate and is provided here:https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/covid19-economic-implications-stock-market-prices-by-jim-o-neill-2020-04 Lord Jim O’Neill, also kindly conducted an exclusive video interview with Roddy Gow, Chairman Asia…

Winning against COVID-19: The implications for biopharma

This article from Mckinsey & Company considers the biopharma sector and highlights how biopharma companies act individually and collectively in the coming weeks and months will not only shape the outcome of the pandemic, but also the reputation of the biopharma industry for decades. It explains how the world is looking to biopharma and the…

American Factory boss says pandemic will change China’s role in global supply chain

Continuing the Institute’s look at potential changes to global value and supply chains as a result of coronavirus. Frank Tang cites Cao Dewang, the Chinese owner of the Fuyao Glass America factory, who says countries will cut their reliance on Chinese manufacturing after the coronavirus, in an article published in the South Morning China Post.…

Turkey and COVID-19: Don’t forget refugees

The Institute has been focusing on the plight of migrant workers, refugees and the most vulnerable in society as a result of COVID19. Turkey has experienced more confirmed cases of the virus than most countries in the world. Whilst the Government has managed to minimise the number of deaths, real challenges remain, particularly for its…

Coronavirus: Airlines brace for severe turbulence

As part of the The Institute’s look at the fate of the airline industry this article published by Mckinsey & Company addresses the strategies that need to be adopted by the industry to enable them to remain in business and return to the skies. https://www.mckinsey.com/industries/travel-transport-and-logistics/our-insights/coronavirus-airlines-brace-for-severe-turbulence

How to manage a pandemic

How to manage a pandemic

Coronavirus was a test, and many of the world’s most advanced nations have all too visibly failed. What can we do better? Author: James Crabtree’s essay, published in MIT Technology Review, is here: https://www.technologyreview.com/2020/04/14/999239/how-to-manage-a-pandemic-covid-asia-vs-west/ James Crabtree is a British author and journalist living in Singapore. He is currently an associate professor of practice at the…