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July 1 Webinar: The Future of Supply Chains after Covid-19

1 July 2020

The EU-Asia Centre and the European Policy Centre (EPC) invite you to participate in a 60-minute discussion on the future of supply chains after COVID-19 on Wednesday 1 July from 1100-1200 (Brussels –CET).

The speakers will be Joerg Wuttke, President of the EU Chamber of Commerce in China, Luisa Santos, Deputy Director General, Business Europe, and Fabian Zuleeg, CEO and Chief Economist of EPC. Fraser Cameron, Director of the EU-Asia Centre, will moderate.

The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked a debate about the future of supply chains with many arguing for reshoring or regionalisation of supply chains. This has been prompted by the apparent over-reliance on China as a manufacturing hub. In the US, there are even some arguing for a more fundamental decoupling from China, especially in the high-tech area. But the counter arguments include the difficulties and expense of moving supply chains as well as the possible impulse it will give to protectionism. What is the view of European business in China? Should business be moving from ‘just in time’ to ‘just in case’? What role should governments play in this situation? Should there be exceptions for medical supplies? What could be the implications of changing trade patterns for the multilateral system and the future of the WTO? These are some of the questions that will be discussed during the webinar.

You may register for the event here.