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Just how rocky will the road to recovery be?

The global outlook continues to be dominated by the Covid-19 pandemic and the economic toll of country lockdowns around the world aimed at stemming the spread of the disease. Now certain parts of the world – notably Europe – face renewed severe restrictions as a second wave of infections develops.

Both the International Monetary Fund and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development are largely pessimistic about the immediate and medium-term future, acknowledging the considerable uncertainty surrounding the global economy over the next six to 12 months.

What the experts say… 

To help make sense of where we are and where we may be heading, the Bureau of International Recycling has invited two ‘renowned and familiar’ keynote speakers for its upcoming World Recycling Convention Week – BIR’s online Autumn event. The two experts will shed light on the latest trends governing the global economy while sharing their insights into the world’s financial and commodity markets.

Stefan Schilbe, chief economist at HSBC Germany, will talk about the global economic outlook in these times of Covid-19 and will ask: ‘Can ultra-expansive monetary and fiscal policies foster a recovery?’

Prof. Philippe Chalmin is professor of economic history at Paris-Dauphine University in France and author of the CyclOpe Yearbook, which provides detailed analysis of the volatile but endlessly fascinating world of commodities. His presentation to the keynote session will be entitled: ‘World commodity market perspectives during and after Covid: doubts and questions’.

BIR’s World Recycling Convention Week is being be held from 12-16 October.

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