Regional Conversation Series on Building Back Better “Resilient Supply Chains and Connectivity” (virtual meeting)
ITF Secretary-General Young Tae Kim provides keynote remarks.
Over the past half-century, countries of Asia and the Pacific have pursued a development strategy based on globalized trade and transport. Many low-income countries, including those that are least developed, have banked their future on securing their place in global value chains.
Containment measures for the COVID-19 pandemic, however, have exposed vulnerabilities in supply chains and connectivity, especially for products made by a single source or reliant on complex supply chains. As the costs of these disruptions mount, a refreshed debate about the shortcomings of globalization, is taking shape.
This session of the Regional Conversation series among high-level Government officials, thought leaders and stakeholders explores the challenges and opportunities for economies in the region as they recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and re-establish supply chains and connectivity. The session focuses on the following:
- How will regional supply chains change in the post-COVID-19 world? How can government policies ensure a role for countries in Asia and the Pacific in these supply chains?
- Is there a trade-off between efficiency and resilience of supply chains?
- What can be done to establish trade and transport connectivity that is more resilient? How can digitalization and frontier technologies help?
- How should regional trade and transport cooperation evolve in order to better support countries of Asia and the Pacific? How can we maximize the potential of agreements already in place?
- How can we incorporate sustainable principles so that we build back better?
Registration link: http://bit.ly/RegionalConv
8:00 - 10:00 CEST