24 June 2020

A series of four symposiums to tackle the various dimensions of Covid-19 impact, economic stimulus programs, growth challenges during re-opening of economies and risks of depression

ABU DHABI, June 24 – TRENDS Research & Advisory will organize a series of four symposiums, as part of its first Global Economic E-Forum, focusing on the various effects of Covid-19 on the global economy and the challenges and opportunities that accompany its re-opening.

The research center organized a virtual press conference on Tuesday to announce the details of the E-Forum. Dr. Mohamed Abdulla Al-Ali, Director-General of TRENDS Research & Advisory, and other senior management officials addressed the press conference.

Officials revealed that the E-Forum would kickstart with a symposium – Covid-19 and the Global Economy: Effects and Implications – on June 30, 2020. During this symposium, experts and researchers will discuss the short and medium-term impact of Covid-19 on the global economy and how it has impacted the performance of the commodity markets.

The symposium will also highlight the direct and indirect effects of Covid-19 on the projected levels of growth, effects on the emerging markets, and developing countries, as well as on the least developed economies.

The Second Symposium – Economic Stimulus Programs: Requirements and Challenges – to be held on July 14, 2020, will shed light on the unconventional monetary policies used to minimize the consequences of Covid-19. Besides enumerating lessons from developed economies, this session will also focus on simulative fiscal policies and cost-benefit calculations based on gains from stimulus vis-à-vis rising public debt.

Reopening of the national and global economies will be on the agenda during the third symposium, scheduled for July 28, 2020. The subjects to be discussed during this symposium include the medical and policy perspectives into the re-opening of economies. This session will also outline the dangers of anti-globalization and moves against economic openness.

Scheduled for August 11, 2020, the fourth symposium – The Future of Global Economy: Growth Challenges and Risks of Depression – will look at the various facets of the return to economic activity at the global level. The focus during this session will be on the expected shape of the economic activity. This symposium will also highlight the future of international economic institutions and their role in the post-Covid-19 era.

“TRENDS Research & Advisory has been at the forefront of think-tanks, highlighting the various dimensions and consequences of Covid-19,” Dr. Mohamed Abdulla Al-Ali, Director-General of TRENDS Research & Advisory, said during the press conference on Tuesday.

“By carrying out an array of research activities and organizing events, TRENDS has done its best to analyze and project the transforming international landscape in the post-Covid period,” he said.

All the symposiums will be live-streamed on the TRENDS YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/TrendsRA and other social media platforms.


TRENDS Research & Advisory strives to present an insightful and informed view of global issues and challenges from a strategic perspective. Established in 2014 as an independent research center, TRENDS conducts specialized studies in the fields of international relations and political, economic, and social sciences. It undertakes rigorous analyses of current issues and international and regional developments, especially in the Middle East and North Africa.

The Center analyses opportunities and challenges at various levels of the geopolitical spectrum. It evaluates scenarios and prospects to find scientific and objective answers and seeks to influence the decision-making process. TRENDS Research & Advisory aims to champion national and regional causes and build a strong network with research centers, organizations, and institutions around the world. It also seeks to benefit from the expertise of international research and academic institutions.

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