The COVID-19 pandemic has coincided with mounting populist resistance to globalisation fuelled by inequities within and beyond countries. There are concerns that the pandemic will lead to long-term and considerable implications, leading to growing protectionism. This creates limited options which would have helped in recovery, posing great challenges for diplomacy.
Despite these issues, there are clear benefits for continued mutual cooperation between nations necessary for common prosperity, peace, and stability, especially during the COVID-19 crisis where such cooperation has been vital in keeping international supply chains open and facilitating the sharing of information on best practices and experiences in dealing with the pandemic.
A webinar hosted by KSI Strategic Institute for Asia Pacific and the Economic Club of Kuala Lumpur (ECKL) on 17th June 2020 as part of ECKL's Convergence series featured speakers from the diplomatic corp who shared their views on the way forward.
Joint Declaration with Geneva Network on the Importance of Collaboration, Open Trade, and Innovation in Tackling COVID-19
KSI Strategic Institute for Asia Pacific has entered into Joint Declaration with Geneva Network on the Importance of Collaboration, Open Trade, and Innovation in Tackling COVID-19.
Implementing these measures will help us overcome COVID-19, and if made permanent would better prepare the world for future pandemics.
As part of a strategic initiative to help business, government and society stay ahead of the curve with futures thinking research powered by artificial intelligence, KSI Strategic Institute for Asia Pacific and award-winning AI company, MyFinB Group, have jointly established K.AI Research Lab.
Struggle of Malaysian SMEs During the COVID-19 Pandamic
A significant portion of Malaysian business comprise of the small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that form the backbone of the national economy. While the COVID-19 outbreak has made an impact on people's lives, the SMEs in particular have underwent significant difficulty during the movement control order (MCO), with some struggling to make a living.
While the PRIHATIN Rakyat Stimulus Package contained provisions to help businesses, it is found that not all SMEs have been able to utilise the financial reliefs it contains.
To examine the plight of the SMEs, KSI organised a webinar to identify issues they face by consulting representatives from these businesses. A list of recommendations have been put together into a policy brief for the SMEs and the government in hope that effective public policies can be undertaken to improve conditions for these enterprises.
COVID-19 RESPONSE MEASURES Recommendations to the Malaysian Economic Action Council
In response to the call from the Economic Action Council’s for public feedback in the formulation of economic measures in response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Economic Club of Kuala Lumpur (ECKL) and KSI Strategic Institute for Asia Pacifc (KSI) are pleased to submit the following recommendations and feedback. The proposals build upon the initiatives already undertaken by the government prior to 26th March 2020.
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