Will COVID-19 trigger a great unravelling?
An Oxford Analytica Conference Call
October 21, 2020, 15.00 UK / 10:00 EDT
Supply chains were evolving in the face of multiple pressures before the COVID-19 pandemic, but a number of high-profile disruptions caused by factory closures and government action this year have strained them greatly -- and put the issue high on the agenda of governments and companies.
In the quest for greater resilience, several options exist. Supply chains could become more regional, rather than global. Supply sourcing could widen, or redundancy could be added through replication of supply chains. Reshoring is an option too. For some sectors, certain options are not affordable. In aggregate, the choices made will determine the extent to which foreign direct investment and value-added economic activity is redistributed globally. Yet amid the competing pressures brought on by COVID-19, environmental imperatives, technological developments and trade conflicts, as well as deindustrialisation, it is not always clear which problem a company or government aims to solve by changing supply-chain arrangements.
James Zahn, Director of Investment and Enterprise, UNCTAD, Lead, World Investment Report & World Investment Forum & UN SSE.
Chris Rogers, Research Analyst, Global Supply Chains, S&P Global Market Intelligence.
Kate Vitasek, Lead Researcher, Global Supply Chain Institute, University of Tennessee.
Join Oxford Analytica’s experts for this discussion and share your questions and perspectives in our client conference call on global supply chain trends at 15.00 BST / 10:00 EDT on October 21 2020.