COVID Disruptions to the Apparel Supply Chain: Focus on Bangladesh

As part of the DUCIGS/Rethinking Diplomacy series on COVID-19 and global supply chain, this session will focus on how disruptions to the apparel supply chain are affecting clothing manufacturers and the garment workers they employ. The focus of the talk will be Bangladesh, one of the world’s largest apparel exporters, and, since the Rana Plaza collapse of 2012, the site of far-reaching reforms designed to improve worker health and safety. Jennifer Bair will discuss developments since Rana Plaza, and the status of the industry on the eve of the COVID crisis. Mark Anner will present findings from a survey of manufacturers on the extent of supply chain disruptions, as well as efforts to secure some protection for suppliers and workers negatively affected by declining demand from global brands and retailers. Gary Gereffi will moderate the discussion.

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Date/Time: June 2, 2020: 12:30-1:45 PM EST

COVID-19 and Global Supply Chains: Disruptions and Restructuring

Duke Professor Gary Gereffi and IMF’s economist Tamim Bayoumi joined DUCIGS Director Giovanni Zanalda in a webinar conversation on the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on international trade and global supply chains. The speakers presented their analysis of the ongoing disruptions of global supply chains, including an overview of how the hyper specialization of supply chains has led to international shortages in vital medical equipment. This event is part of a webinar series on the impact of Covid-19 organized by the Duke Center for International and Global Studies (DUCIGS)/Rethinking Diplomacy Program. Click the button below for more information or view the webinar directly on YouTube:

The Digital Economy & Global Value Chains: Implications for Korea

Presentation by Duke-GVCC in Seoul, Korea on December 4, 2018 at the KIET-Duke GVCC seminar on Upgrading Globalization for Innovation Growth: Expansion of Digital Companies in GVCs and its Implications. The presentation provides an overview of the results of our recent project KIET on the digital economy and GVCs.

Global Value Chains, Industry 4.0, and Korean Industrial Transformation

Presentation by Gary Gereffi for the Korea Institute for Industrial Economics & Trade (KIET) focused on Global Value Chains in Korea. The objective of the collaboration was to identify upgrading opportunities for the Korean economy using a global value chain (GVC) perspective. The presentation highlights Korea’s position in GVCs, key findings from the research and a global perspective on GVCs.

GVC Modules and Applications

Stacey Frederick gave a presentation on “GVC Modules and Applications” at the Seminar on Accounting for Global Value Chains in Luxembourg on June 7, 2017. The meeting was organized by the United Nations Expert Group on International Trade and Economic Globalization Statistics (ITEGS).

Global Value Chains and Industrial Clusters

Professor Gary Gereffi’s presentation explored the co-evolution of knowledge networks and economic upgrading. The presentation highlighted initial takeaways from the Duke GVC Center’s study of Costa Rica’s high tech Global Value Chains (medical devices, electronics and offshore services).

GVC Analysis of Food Security and Food Staples for Major Energy-Exporting Nations in MENA

Subsidized food is a hallmark of food systems in MENA. Many citizens depend on government supported food for their livelihood. Consequently, volatility in global production and prices have significant implications for social unrest in the region. A Duke GVC Center research team has been investigating this topic using the GVC framework to map the role of various public and private actors at the global, regional, and country level, as well as identifying major bottlenecks to wheat flows in the region and potential policy interventions. Researcher Ghada Ahmed presented some of the findings at the MINERVA Annual Meeting.

Africa & Tourism Global Value Chains

The UNU-Wider project workshop on industries without smokestacks brought together researchers to discuss joint work on the industry sector and structural transformation in Africa. Researcher Jack Daly contributed to the workshop by presenting findings on tourism Global Value Chains in Africa.

Global Value Chains and Development

As part of the Center’s collaboration with the National Analytical Center (NAC), an affiliate of Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan, Professor Gary Gereffi presented an overview of global value chain and development. The presentation included a section dedicated to value chains and economic diversification in Kazakhstan.

Global Value Chains and Development: Concepts and Methodologies

Gary Gereffi’s presentation focuses on the origins of the Global Value Chain (GVC) framework. It clarifies key GVC concepts and methods, including value chain mapping, value chain governance and value chain upgrading. The presentation concludes by examining the medical devices GVC in Costa Rica to show the GVC of a small country in high tech. Gereffi presented this overview at the World Bank Group, Trade & Competitiveness GVC workshop on technical tools and operations in Washington, DC.