Business in Times of Corona – COVID-19 Coverage #coronavirus


Poland Closes the Gap and Calms Covid Jitters with a Bold Programme of Reform

The pandemic has brought an end to its 30 years of GDP growth for Poland — but this should be

Bonds: Name of the Game for Cool (and Resilient) Operators

US corporate bonds certainly lack the thrill of that other famous Bond, James. But when it comes to strength and

Uzbekistan ‘s Enter Engineering announces Covid years project updates and operations guidance

According to Ulugbek Usmanov, General Director at Enter Engineering: “Enter Engineering is involved in a variety of projects central to

Boost R&D to Ensure Sustainable Post-Covid Recovery: Economists

Increased investment in research and development is crucial to post-covid recovery, say economists calling for lasting improvements in the field.

Employers Need to ‘Catch Up’ with Looming Covid Mental Health Crisis

When it comes to workplace wellbeing, there has been a polarised response to the pandemic. A third of UK employees

Hard-Hit but Striking Back: Dubai Finds Correct Balance

Last year, Dubai registered a sharp decline in its population. Almost eight of every 100 inhabitants left the country as

South Africa Teetering on the Edge of Political and Economic Precipice

Keep South Africa Safe: the slogan is stamped on President Cyril Ramaphosa’s favourite facemask, and could refer to more than

Free Trade in Retreat in Europe due to Environmental and Labour Standards

The EU free trade baton, carried by the UK until Brexit, has been relayed to the Stockholm Six of like-minded

The First Days: The Need for Speed in US Politics

In his inauguration speech, President Joe Biden called US democracy precious and fragile: “And at this hour, my friends, democracy

Out with the Old: President Biden Sets to Work, COVID Top Priority

Freshly installed in the Oval Office, the 46th president of the United States immediately set to work reversing a slew

Double Dip Recession in the Making, UK Expected to Emerge First

The Deutsche Bundesbank expects a double dip recession. Analysing non-traditional indicators such as Google Map traffic data and air and

Europe Drifts Away as its US Bogeyman Prepares to Leave

Tired of dancing to an American tune, the European Commission is ready to challenge the global supremacy of the US

Bitcoin: A Fatal Lapse of Memory

Stephan Thomas is a rich man. Recently, the value of his assets ballooned to a staggering $260 million. There is,

The Sudden Fall and Coming Resuscitation of Reaganomics

Trickle-down economics was counted amongst the first fatalities of the corona pandemic. The belief that government interference with the functioning

Whilst Trade Talks Falter, Brits Celebrate Vaccine First

Mind the paradox. Thanks to EU law, the UK has become the first country to certify for clinical use the

Stock Markets Celebrate Whilst Real Economy Mourns

Stock markets celebrate, ending November on record highs as cash poured into equities to deliver an early Christmas to investors.

UK Struggles with Economic Illiteracy as Crisis Worsens

Britons’ grasp of basic economics is tenuous at best and more likely than not, virtually inexistent. A report commissioned by

Orban on Orbán: Cease and Desist, Your Position Is Untenable

Europe’s other ‘Orban’ sounds much more reasonable than the vociferous original one. Prime Minister Ludovic Orban of Romania yesterday chastised

WTO publishes list of bottlenecks and facilitating measures on critical COVID-19 products

The WTO Secretariat has issued an indicative list of trade-related bottlenecks and trade-facilitating measures on critical products to combat COVID-19,

EIGE: EU research shows COVID-19 poised to end progress on gender equality

The social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis threaten to roll back recent progress in gender equality, including an

European Commission – State aid: Commission approves €1 billion Spanish recapitalisation scheme to provide debt and capital support to companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak

The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, Spanish plans to set up a €1 billion recapitalisation fund

IMF Blog: Seizing the Opportunity for a Pro-Growth, Post-Pandemic World

Since March 2020, governments have spent $16 trillion providing fiscal support amid the pandemic, and global central banks have increased

World Bank Blogs – The global recovery is bypassing the poorest countries

The global economy is booming—or so it might seem. Global growth is surging again, only a year after COVID-19 triggered

WHO: COVID-19 pandemic leads to major backsliding on childhood vaccinations, new WHO, UNICEF data shows

23 million children missed out on basic childhood vaccines through routine health services in 2020, the highest number since 2009

UN News: COVID death toll passes 4 million: Global Vaccine Plan essential, declares Guterres

The global death toll due to COVID-19 officially passed four million late on Wednesday, marking yet another “grim milestone” and

WHO recommends life-saving interleukin-6 receptor blockers for COVID-19 and urges producers to join efforts to rapidly increase access

The World Health Organization (WHO) has updated its patient care guidelines to include interleukin-6 receptor blockers, a class of medicines

European Commission: Summer 2021 Economic Forecast: Reopening fuels recovery

The European economy is forecast to rebound faster than previously expected, as activity in the first quarter of the year

IMF Blog: Urgent Action Needed to Address a Worsening ‘Two-Track’ Recovery

By Kristalina Georgieva When G-20 finance ministers and central bank governors gather in Venice this week, they can take inspiration from

WTO report: Trade policy restraint prevented destructive acceleration of protectionism

Trade policy restraint by G20 economies, as well as WTO members more broadly, prevented a destructive acceleration of protectionist trade

European Council conclusions on COVID-19 and migration, 24 June 2021

I. COVID-19 1. The European Council welcomes the good progress on vaccination and the overall improvement in the epidemiological situation,

European Commission: COVID-19 Therapeutics Strategy: Commission identifies five promising candidate therapeutics

The EU Strategy on COVID-19 Therapeutics delivers today its first outcome, with the announcement of the first portfolio of five

World Bank and African Union Team Up to Support Rapid Vaccination for Up to 400 million People in Africa

The African Finance Ministers and the World Bank Group met today to fast track vaccine acquisition on the continent and

European Commission: Belgian Court orders AstraZeneca to deliver vaccine doses to the EU – Questions and Answers

Why did the European Commission start this Court proceeding and what did it intend to obtain? The company announced in

European Council: Council adopts conclusions on role of Intellectual Property in tackling Covid-19 pandemic

The Council today approved conclusions on Intellectual Property (IP) policy. With these conclusions, ministers recall that IP is a major

European Council: Council updates the list of countries, special administrative regions and other entities and territorial authorities for which travel restrictions should be lifted

Following a review under the recommendation on the gradual lifting of the temporary restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU,

WTO launches call for MSME stories on “Building resilience through trade during COVID-19”

The WTO is inviting micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) to share their business experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic and