Rethinking Economic Security in the (Post) COVID-19 World
The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the risks of an excessive dependence on one single economic partner.
It has prompted a rethinking of what economic security really entails. There is a realization that supply chains need to be more diversified and more resilient. Economic and industrial strategic autonomy is now a key concern for the major economic players, including Japan, France and other European countries. However, achieving this objective is not without challenges. On the other hand, some countries in Southeast Asia will likely benefit from a diversification away from China. Ensuring economic security also implies adequately protecting key industrial assets against predatory moves. Several key players, including Japan and the EU have taken measures to that end. This event will explore the various impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on the economic security of Asian and European countries.
This webinar will be held in English.
Following a brief set of remarks by each speaker, the discussion will be interactive and led by the Chair. Q/A with the audience will be included in the discussion.
Main questions discussed:
- How did the COVID-19 crisis impact the industrial policy of key international players?
- What are the implications of the COVID-19 crisis on the supply chains in Asia and beyond?
- What is the position of the EU and France?
- How to regulate access to key market and key industrial assets?
- What role for multilateralism?
Chair and discussion leader: Françoise NICOLAS, Director, Center for Asian Studies, Ifri
- The COVID-19 crisis and the risks over the supply chain: an assessment
Thibaud MOULIN, Associé, KYU
- Japan’s perspective on economic security in the COVID era
Shin OYA, Senior Consulting Fellow, Asia Pacific Initiative, Tokyo; Chief Representative for Strategic Research, JBIC, Japan
- The reorganization of the Global Value Chains and Southeast Asian countries
Lurong CHEN, Senior Economist, ERIA, Jakarta