Global supply chains have been hit by a surge in Covid cases in southern Vietnam, aluminium prices are at a 10 year high as global demand surges
Your morning coffee briefing from TFG. The global economy could lose over $4 trillion due to the pandemic, world’s leading economies agree on a global minimum corporate tax rate of 15%, US economy shows signs of rebounding after Joe Biden’s stimulus package, European companies focus on ASEAN region amid expectations of business growth, and UK and Singapore start negotiations on digital trade to cut red tape on e-transactions and e-signatures.
Today’s podcast focuses on the Free Trade Agreement, FTA with Japan, more specifically referred to as the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement, Or CEPA. The UK and Japan are major investors in each other’s economies, ranking fifth and sixth respectively for inward foreign direct investment.
One of the global trends is that the net-positive gains from financial integration is quite uneven. Like many parts of the world, ASEAN is facing multiple global challenges under a “VUCA” environment; being volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous.