Why global value chains remain essential for COVID-19 supplies

This VoxEU article shows how the fragmentation of production and the new manufacturing bases in developing countries over the past 20 years have increased the ability of countries to respond to the unexpected sudden spikes in demand experienced during the coronavirus crisis.

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.

This event is open to the public but registration is required. Please register at: https://bit.ly/2Xj0LI7
Date/Time: June 2, 2020: 12:30-1:45 PM EST

COVID-19

Presentations, reports, papers and blogs in this section are related to global value chains and COVID-19.

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: https://youtu.be/O8uonQXB0xc