EMEA Weekly Developments Monitor

Source: EMEA
Date: Apr 28, 2020

EMEA - EMNES Study: Covid-19 in the Mediterranean and Africa: Diagnosis, Policy Responses, Preliminary Assessment and Way Forward Study – EMEA - 22.04.20
• Amidst the disrupting circumstances resulting from the global pandemic COVID-19, this study provides a diagnosis of the contagion between February and April 2020 in the Mediterranean and Africa.
• It assesses the level of preparedness of national healthcare systems and examines the policy responses for containing the contagion and for mitigating the socio-economic consequences of the health crisis in several countries including: Algeria, Egypt, Ghana, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Spain, and Tunisia.
• The study proposes a novel three-pillar framework to assess the policy responses. It concludes with a preliminary assessment for the surveyed countries and provides recommendations for the way forward.
Also published at EU Neighbours

The Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association (EMEA) launches a detailed study on the COVID-19 spread in the Mediterranean and Africa - EMEA - 22.04.20
• Entitled “Diagnosis, Policy Responses, Preliminary Assessment and Way Forward”, the study is part of an EMEA policy research initiative on COVID-19, first made public on March 18th 2020. It has been led and coordinated by Prof. Rym Ayadi, President of EMEA and Director of EMNES and is the result of collaborative research and contributions from EMEA and EMNES researchers, fellows and experts from across the region.

Were we sufficiently prepared? EU-funded researchers launch detailed study on the COVID-19 spread in the Mediterranean and Africa - EU Neighbours - 22.04.20
• As the world continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic, EMEA-EMNES research teams have launched a detailed research study into the COVID-19 spread throughout the Mediterranean and Africa between February and April 2020.

Crise du Covid-19 : De nouveaux cadres de partenariat à repenser pour la Méditerranée et… l’Afrique - Aujourd'hui Le Maroc - 20.04.20
• Les économistes de l’Emea (Association des économistes euro-méditerranéens) et le réseau d’Emnes (Réseau euro-méditerranéen pour les études économiques) proposent une feuille de route pour les pays méditerranéens.
• La politique de transition proposée repose sur la transparence, l’inclusion, le développement durable et la responsabilité. Une convergence avec les recommandations des experts de la Banque mondiale.

EMEA Projects Monitor

EMGN calls Credit Guarantee Schemes for action to mitigate the health and economic crisis resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic – EMGN - 16.04.20
• The policy measures taken by the governments, to contain the spread of COVID-19 and to mitigate its impacts on the healthcare systems, have significant financial and socioeconomic consequences.
• To prepare their response to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Euro-Mediterranean Guarantee Network – EMGN called its members to share their countries’ experiences on the socio-economic and financial mitigation measures taken by both governments and Credit Guarantee Schemes (CGSs).
• On April 14, EMGN organised the webinar "What role for the credit guarantee schemes to mitigate the health and economic crisis" in order to exchange views, national experiences, practices and innovative ideas which can be useful to upgrade the response of CGSs from North, South and East Mediterranean to the crisis resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
• Exchanges of national experiences and practices allowed the identification of relevant synergies among the represented countries (Egypt, EU, Jordan, Morocco, Spain and Tunisia). However, it concluded that more initiatives, adapted to the market, are needed. Balance between serving the market needs and maintaining financial sustainability of guarantee schemes is also crucial.
• EMGN is promoted by the Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association – EMEA, the European Institute of the Mediterranean -IEMed, and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit – GIZ.

Paper of EMNES members published by NEW MEDIT - EMNES - 13.04.20
• A new paper authored by the members of EMNES Steering Committee Chahir Zaki and Nooh Alshyab, and EMNES researcher Nesreen Seleem, was published by NEW MEDIT with the title “Employment intensity and sectoral output growth: A comparative analysis of Egyptian and Jordanian economies”
• The paper is based on EMNES Working Paper “Employment intensity and Sectoral Output Growth: A Comparative Analysis for MENA economies“

Geopolitical Developments

Coronavirus: Boris Johnson says this is moment of maximum risk - BBC - 27.04.20
• The UK is at the moment of maximum risk in the coronavirus outbreak, Boris Johnson has said, as he urged people not to lose patience with the lockdown.
• Speaking outside No 10 for the first time since recovering from the virus, Mr Johnson said "we are now beginning to turn the tide" on the disease.

Coronavirus: Italy's PM outlines lockdown easing measures - BBC News - 27.04.20
• Italy has outlined plans to ease the strict restrictions it imposed seven weeks ago to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
• Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said the measures would be relaxed from 4 May, with people being allowed to visit their relatives in small numbers.

Global coronavirus death toll hits 200,000 - Reuters - 25.04.20
• Global deaths linked to the coronavirus passed 200,000 on Saturday, while confirmed cases of the virus are expected to hit 3 million in coming days, according to a Reuters tally. More than half of the fatalities have been reported by the United States, Spain and Italy.

'It won’t be the same’: Italy’s small stores reopen after virus lockdown, but life has changed - CNBC - 24.04.20
• Italy has started to lift some lockdown measures, including allowing certain shops to reopen.
• Small and medium-sized businesses are seen as the economic backbone of Italy.
• Small business owners know it could take a long time for their businesses, and shopping habits, to get back to normal.

Coronavirus: Outcry after Trump suggests injecting disinfectant as treatment - BBC - 24.04.20
• US President Donald Trump has been lambasted by the medical community after suggesting research into whether coronavirus might be treated by injecting disinfectant into the body.
• He also appeared to propose irradiating patients' bodies with UV light, an idea dismissed by a doctor at the briefing. Another of his officials had moments earlier said sunlight and disinfectant were known to kill the infection.

UK economy crumbling under coronavirus strain; questions mount over lockdown exit - Reuters - 23.04.20
• The United Kingdom’s economy is crumbling under the strain of the coronavirus lockdown and government borrowing is soaring to the highest levels in peacetime history, increasing pressure on the government to set out an exit strategy.

Coronavirus: US unemployment claims hit 26.4 million amid virus - BBC News - 23.04.20
• A further 4.4 million Americans sought unemployment benefits last week as the economic toll from the coronavirus pandemic continued to mount.
• The new applications brought the total number of jobless claims since mid-March to 26.4 million. That amounts to more than 15% of the US workforce.

EU leaders agree plans for 'unprecedented’ stimulus against pandemic - Euractiv - 23.04.20
• EU leaders have tasked the European Commission with designing the recovery plan for the deep economic crisis that the coronavirus COVID-19 will cause in Europe.
• The mandate came after a four-hour teleconference on Thursday (23 April), in which recent tensions over how to finance the recovery, in particular between The Netherlands and Italy, were absent.

Coronavirus vaccine: Germany approves first human trials - The Independent - 22.04.20
• A clinical test of a Covid-19 vaccine in Germany has been approved, according to the country’s Federal Institute for Vaccines.
• The trial will see 200 healthy participants between the age of 18 and 55 receive several variants of the vaccine, developed by German biotech company BioNTech, as scientists examine its efficacy in providing immunity against the virus.

UK's true COVID-19 death toll far higher than daily figure, data suggests - Reuters - 21.04.20
• The true extent of Britain’s COVID-19 death toll was more than 40% higher than the government’s daily figures indicated as of April 10, according to data that put the country on track to become among the worst-hit in Europe.
• The Office for National Statistics said it recorded 13,121 deaths by April 10 in England and Wales, which account for the vast majority of Britain’s population, compared with 9,288 in the government’s daily toll for those who died in hospital.

Coronavirus very likely of animal origin, no sign of lab manipulation: WHO - Reuters - 21.04.20
• The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday that all available evidence suggests the novel coronavirus originated in animals in China late last year and was not manipulated or produced in a laboratory.

Socio-Economic articles and opinions

IMF Needs New Thinking to Deal with Coronavirus - Chatham House - 27.04.20
• The IMF faces a big dilemma in its efforts to support the global economy at its time of desperate need. Simply put, the Fund’s problem is that most of the $1tn that it says it can lend is effectively unusable.

Mideast economies take massive hit with oil price crash - AP - 27.04.20
• Iraq is planning painful cuts in social benefits relied on by millions of government workers. Saudi Arabia will likely have to delay mega-projects. Egypt and Lebanon face a blow as their workers in the Gulf send back less of the much-needed dollars that help keep their fragile economies afloat.

Containment measures avoid 200,000 hospitalizations in Italy - EPFL - 27.04.20
• Researchers have modeled the effects of containment and social distancing measures implemented by the Italian government to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Their findings show that contagion transmission was reduced by 45% in March. The model will now be used to analyze possible future scenarios.

The interaction between Covid-19 and an ageing society - VOX - 27.04.20
• COVID-19 is the first pandemic to since the world’s population consisted of more people aged over 65 than under five. Given that COVID-19 fatality rates rise sharply with age, that substantially affects the number of people at risk and the gains from social distancing.

When oil became waste: a week of turmoil for crude, and more pain to come - Reuters - 26.04.20
• In just a few months, the coronavirus pandemic has destroyed so much fuel demand as billions of people curtail travel that it has done what financial crashes, recessions and wars had failed to ever do - leave the United States with so much oil there was nowhere to put it.

How does the G20 COVID-19 fiscal response compare to the Global Financial Crisis? - Atlantic Council - 26.04.20
• Answer: It’s complicated. Although the IMF and World Bank have correctly noted the G20 has spent significantly more than they did in 2008-2009, there is difference between the members.

China pressured EU to drop COVID disinformation criticism - Yahoo News - 25.04.20
• China sought to block a European Union report alleging that Beijing was spreading disinformation about the coronavirus outbreak, according to four sources and diplomatic correspondence reviewed by Reuters.

WHO says no evidence shows that having coronavirus prevents a second infection - CNN - 25.04.20
• The World Health Organization is warning that people who have had Covid-19 are not necessarily immune by the presence of antibodies from getting the virus again.

U.S. says will not take part in WHO global drugs, vaccine initiative launch - Reuters - 24.04.20
• The United States will not take part in the launching of a global initiative on Friday to speed the development, production and distribution of drugs and vaccines against COVID-19, a spokesman for the U.S. mission in Geneva told Reuters.

National policies in a global pandemic - VOX - 24.04.20
• While COVID-19 is a global pandemic, the policy responses so far have been almost exclusively national. This column uses a theoretical model to analyse national containment policies in an integrated world.

Trade and COVID-19: The WTO’s 2020 and 2021 trade forecast - VOX - 24.04.20
• Among its many regrettable effects, Covid-19 will also have a strong impact on international trade. Forecasting potential trade effects is important for policymaking. This column develops a range of scenarios in a dynamic CGE model to simulate possible trajectories for GDP. It then generates short-term forecasts of trade for various regions and the world using time-series analysis.

Foreign investment is drying up thanks to COVID-19. But there may be a silver lining - WE Forum - 24.04.20
• The COVID-19 case has created massive uncertainty in global capital flows.
• Governments might be wise to introduce short-term protections, but they must not be over-cautious.
• The post-crisis winners will open early to foreign investment.

Europe surpasses 100,000 confirmed coronavirus deaths – how did we get here? - WE Forum - 24.04.20
• Confirmed COVID-19 deaths in Europe exceed 100,000, but the true figure may never be known.
• Many European countries have gone into weeks-long periods of lockdown.
• Some restrictions are slowly being lifted.

7 charts show how the coronavirus pandemic has hit the global economy - CNBC -24.04.20
• To curb the spread of the coronavirus, authorities around the world implemented lockdown measures that have brought much of global economic activity to a halt.
• Many businesses have been forced to reduce operations or shut down, and an increasing number of people are expected to lose their jobs.

9 ways to strengthen the global economic response to COVID-19 - WE Forum - 24.04.20
• We need to find new ways of funding the IMF and World Bank.
• The G20 could make a “whatever-it-takes” statement, promising additional capital if the situation further deteriorates.
• We need to bring together the global financial safety net, the development finance architecture and the private sector to tackle the crisis.

'Zoom fatigue’ is taxing the brain. Here's why that happens - National Geographic - 24.04.20
• Video calls seemed an elegant solution to remote work, but they wear on the psyche in complicated ways.

Funding the development and manufacturing of COVID-19 vaccines: The need for global collective action - Brookings - 24.04.20
• On February 20, the World Bank and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), which funds development of epidemic vaccines, cohosted a global consultation on funding the development and manufacturing of COVID-19 vaccines.

The pandemic adds momentum to the deglobalization trend - Peterson Institute - 23.04.20
• The COVID-19 pandemic is driving the world economy to retreat from global economic integration. Policymakers and business leaders are now questioning whether global supply chains have been stretched too far.

It is hard to pick any winners from oil’s collapse - FT - 23.04.20
• For a brief moment following this month’s historic deal by oil producers to cut supply, the winners seemed clear. But the collapse in prices since — including this week’s historic crash below zero in US crude futures — has left market watchers asking who will be hardest hit as coronavirus obliterates demand.

Nobel-winner Stiglitz: Poor coronavirus response leaves US on course toward another Great Depression - The Hill - 22.04.20
• Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz is ripping the Trump administration's response to the coronavirus pandemic, cautioning that the U.S. could be headed toward a second Great Depression as a result.

The Short-term Liquidity Line: A New IMF Tool to Help in the Crisis - IMF - 22.04.20
• The COVID-19 pandemic has severely disrupted the global economy at every level. Across the world, financial conditions have tightened dramatically, with unprecedented portfolio outflows from emerging markets in terms of both size (a record of about $100 billion) and speed, and markets effectively frozen in some cases.

Coronavirus vaccine could cost more than Europe’s willing to pay - Politico - 22.04.20
• It took the threat that U.S. President Donald Trump could be trying to lure CureVac, a German biotech firm, to the U.S. before the European Commission said it would lend the company €80 million to try to produce a successful coronavirus vaccine in Europe.
• That’s just a drop in the bucket of what will be needed to get any one of the dozens of vaccine developers over the finish line.

Coronavirus pandemic will cause global famines of 'biblical proportions,' UN warns - CNN - 22.04.20
• The world is facing multiple famines of "biblical proportions" in just a matter of months, the UN has said, warning that the coronavirus pandemic will push an additional 130 million people to the brink of starvation.

Coronavirus: Commission proposes €3 billion macro-financial assistance package to support ten neighbouring countries - EC - 22.04.20
• The Commission has adopted a proposal for a €3 billion macro-financial assistance (MFA) package to ten enlargement and neighbourhood partners to help them to limit the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. The proposal comes on top of the 'Team Europe' strategy, the EU's robust and targeted response to support partner countries' efforts in tackling the coronavirus pandemic.

What drove oil prices through the floor this week? - Brookings - 22.04.20
• The coronavirus pandemic has sent crude oil prices plummeting, so much so that the price for West Texas Intermediate oil dropped below zero dollars earlier this week. In this special edition of the podcast, Samantha Gross joins David Dollar to explain the factors influencing recent changes in demand for oil and the long-term effects the coronavirus could have on U.S. oil production and the development of renewable energies.

The Covid-19 shock: Employment in middle-income economies - VOX - 22.04.20
• While flexible labour markets normally facilitate economic adjustment during crises, recent Google search data suggest that the widespread Covid-19 lockdowns may impede this adjustment process. This column explores how labour market structures may determine how employment levels across middle-income countries are affected by the shock.

World Bank Predicts Sharpest Decline of Remittances in Recent History - World Bank - 22.04.20
• Global remittances are projected to decline sharply by about 20 percent in 2020 due to the economic crisis induced by the COVID-19 pandemic and shutdown. The projected fall, which would be the sharpest decline in recent history, is largely due to a fall in the wages and employment of migrant workers, who tend to be more vulnerable to loss of employment and wages during an economic crisis in a host country.

Coronavirus: UK inflation hits 1.5% as lockdown begins to bite - BBC - 22.04.20
• The UK's inflation rate fell to 1.5% in March, largely driven by falls in the price of clothing and fuel ahead of the coronavirus lockdown.
• The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) fell from 1.7% in February, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Jobs at risk: Policy responses to COVID-19 in emerging markets - VOX - 21.04.20
• Small businesses, especially in retail and services sectors, which account for the vast majority of employment in the European region, have borne the brunt of the COVID-19 crisis.

COVID-19: How Do We Re-open the Economy? – Chatham House - 21.04.20
• With the IMF forecasting a 6.1% fall in advanced economy GDP in 2020 and world trade expected to contract by 11%, there is intense focus on the question of how and when to re-open economies currently in lockdown.

Emergency Financing by Region - IMF - 21.04.20
• The IMF is providing emergency financial assistance to member countries facing the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The list below includes emergency assistance approved by the IMF’s Executive Board under the Rapid Credit Facility (RCF), Rapid Financing Instrument (RFI), and augmentation of existing financing arrangements, as well as debt relief grants financed by the Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust (CCRT).

A Global Crisis Like No Other Needs a Global Response Like No Other - IMF - 20.04.20
• I have been saying for a while that this is a “crisis like no other.” It is:
o More complex, with interlinked shocks to our health and our economies that have brought our way of life to an almost complete stop;
o More uncertain, as we are learning only gradually how to treat the novel virus, make containment most effective, and restart our economies; and
o Truly global. Pandemics don’t respect borders, neither do the economic shocks they cause.

Europe and the existential challenge of post-COVID recovery - Brookings - 20.04.20
• As the COVID-19 health crisis appears to be slowly passing its most critical phase, European leaders and finance ministers are increasingly focused on questions of how to pay for the crisis and restart the economies of the eurozone and of the European Union once the storm has passed.
• Despite serious initial hesitations, the European Central Bank (ECB) has shown aggressive creativity in leading the immediate crisis response.

South Mediterranean & Africa Monitor

Malaria could make a comeback thanks to COVID-19 - WE Forum - 27.04.20
• COVID-19 disruption to anti-malaria programmes could cause deaths in Sub-Saharan Africa from malaria to double, warns the WHO.
• Progress in fighting malaria has stalled as mosquitos and parasites gain resistance to treatment.
• But health officials say there is still a chance to avoid deaths if the region’s leaders continue preventative measures.

Coronavirus: The different approaches to lockdowns in Africa - BBC - 26.04.20
• African countries have fewer coronavirus cases than much of the world, but weaker healthcare systems do put the continent at risk.
• Lockdown measures can help prevent the virus spreading, yet governments have taken very different approaches to imposing restrictions on their populations.

UN, EU warn Israel against West Bank annexation - AJ - 24.04.20
• The United Nations and the European Union have warned Israel not to annex parts of the occupied West Bank.
• The UN's special Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov on Thursday said such a move would be a "devastating blow" to the internationally-backed two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as the EU said annexing Palestinian territory "would constitute a serious violation of international law".

COVID-19 will prolong conflict in the Middle East - Brookings - 24.04.20
• The COVID-19 pandemic could not have come at a worse time for the Middle East. Since the U.S.-led international coalition secured the territorial defeat of ISIS three years ago, the region is still struggling to achieve lasting peace.

Africa could become Covid-19 epicentre after 43% rise in cases - Yahoo News - 23.04.20
• Africa has seen a 43% jump in reported Covid-19 cases in the last week following a warning from the World Health Organisation that the continent of 1.3 billion could become the next epicentre of the pandemic.
• Africa has a “very, very limited” and “very, very strained” testing capacity, John Nkengasong, director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, said in his weekly briefing on Thursday.

How Badly Will the Coronavirus Impact Africa’s Economies? - ACET - 21.04.20
• COVID-19, if not contained, can have long-lasting effects on all sectors of the African economy in addition to the loss of human life. There are 21,317 positive cases across 52 of 54 African countries, with a death toll of 1,080 as of April 19.

China and Africa’s debt: Yes to relief, no to blanket forgiveness - Brookings - 20.04.20
• As COVID-19 exacerbates the pressure on vulnerable public health systems in Africa, the economic outlook of African countries is also becoming increasingly unstable. Just this month, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) projected that the region’s economic growth will shrink by an unprecedented 1.6 percent in 2020 amid tighter financial conditions, a sharp decline in key export prices, and severe disruptions to economic activity linked to the pandemic.

COVID in the Maghreb: Responses and Impacts - POMEPS - 20.04.20
• As the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the Maghreb in March 2020, governments in Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia sought to slow its progression though drastic steps, including suspending all travel, partially demobilizing the workforce, closing mosques, using military and police forces to impose mandatory confinement, shutting down schools and businesses, and banning public gatherings.

Drastic Measures: Coercive Enforcement and Economic Effects of Pandemic Suppression in Jordan - POMEPS - 20.04.20
• The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan stands out for its aggressive response to the COVID-19 pandemic in comparison to other MENA countries.


Testing for COVID-19: A way to lift confinement restrictions - OECD - 26.04.20
• This policy brief discusses the role of testing for COVID-19 as part of any plan to lift confinement restrictions and prepare for a possible new wave of viral infections.

Commodity Markets Outlook, April 2020 - World Bank – 24.04.20
• Almost all commodity prices saw sharp declines during the past three months as the COVID-19 pandemic worsened. Mitigation measures have significantly reduced transport, causing an unprecedented decline in demand for oil, while weaker economic growth will further reduce overall commodity demand. Crude oil prices are expected to average $35/bbl this year and $42/bbl in 2021—sharp downward revisions from October.

What world post-COVID-19? Three scenarios - Atlantic Council - 23.04.20
• This paper is a preliminary look at the geopolitical implications of a crisis that is still unfolding. Three scenarios are sketched out for the possible direction of the global system post-COVID-19. The Scowcroft Center’s Foresight, Strategy, and Risks Initiative will continue to follow the course of the coronavirus, paying close attention to its geopolitical, economic, and social implications.

Trade Facilitation and the COVID-19 Pandemic - OECD - 22.04.20
• Trade facilitation is critical in the current crisis to ensure the swift movement of essential medical, food and IT supplies. Implementing reforms in the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement can help.

The socioeconomics of pandemics policy - Brookings - 22.04.20
• In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, governments around the world have provided a massive fiscal and monetary stimulus. While this policy is welcome in the short run, it does not address the underlying problem in the medium and long run.

Globalization and the Covid-19 Pandemic: How is Africa’s Economy Impacted? - PCNS - 24.04.20
• Globalization has major linkages to the spread of diseases. This paper analyses the link between globalization and the COVID-19 pandemic and provides an overview of how Africa’s economy is being impacted by this new disease.

How is EU cooperation on the COVID-19 crisis perceived in member states? - CEPS - 21.04.20
• Even the most optimistic of observers recognise the coronavirus pandemic as one of the greatest challenges the EU has ever faced to its capacity to manage crises, muster solidarity and demonstrate supranational added value.
2020 - Global Report on Food Crises - World Food Programme - 20.04.20
• The 2020 edition of The Global Report on Food Crises describes the scale of acute hunger in the world. It provides an analysis of the drivers that are contributing to food crises across the globe, and examines how the COVID-19 pandemic might contribute to their perpetuation or deterioration.
• The report is produced by the Global Network against Food Crises, an international alliance working to address the root causes of extreme hunger.

9th AIEAA Conference - Bari-Valenzano - 10-12.06.20
• The debate on impacts and consequences of climate change on Mediterranean agricultural and food systems is particular sensitive and controversial, considering historical, socio-economic and political diversities.
• The 9th AIEAA Annual Conference aims to contribute to this debate, by addressing economic and policy analysis of impacts, mitigation and adaptation options for agricultural systems facing climate change.
• The theme of the Conference - that will be held in Valenzano-Bari on 10- 12 June 2020, is “Mediterranean agriculture facing climate change: Challenges and policies”, but papers in any field of agricultural and applied economics are welcome. The deadline for Abstract presentation is February 9th, 2020.
• Click for AIEAA call for papers

Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics 2020: Global Unrest - Washington DC - 22.06.20 (Postponed)
• The Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics (ABCDE), organized by the World Bank’s Development Economics (DEC) Vice Presidency, is one of the world's best-known series of conferences for the presentation and discussion of new knowledge on development. The conference aims to promote the exchange of cutting-edge knowledge among researchers, policymakers, and development practitioners.
• The next conference will take place on June 22, 2020 at World Bank Headquarters in Washington, D.C. The theme of the conference will be “Global Unrest”.
• Click for call for papers
(EMEA participation) Essex Finance Centre (EFiC) 2020 Conference in Banking and Corporate Finance - Essex - 10-11.07.20 (Postponed)
• The Essex Finance Centre (EFiC) at the Essex Business School is organising the fifth edition of the EFiC Conference in Banking and Corporate Finance that will take place on 10 - 11 July 2020. The objective is to bring together leading academics, practitioners and policy-makers and give them the opportunity to present state-of-the-art research in the broad areas of banking and corporate finance.
(EMEA sponsored event) International Workshop on Financial System Architecture and Stability 2020 - Centre for Banking Research at Cass Business School, London – 10/11.09.20
• The International Workshop on Financial System Architecture and Stability – (IWFSAS) aims at providing a forum for academic researchers and policy makers to discuss The fifth IWFSAS conference offers leading academics, practitioners and policymakers the opportunity to discuss innovative research on a range of topics related to climate risk and sustainable finance.
• This year’s IWFSAS meeting is hosted by the Centre for Banking Research at Cass Business School, in collaboration with the Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria and the Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association (EMEA).
• A call for papers has been issued on topics related to climate risk and sustainable/green finance. The deadline for submission is 01.06.2020
2020 WEFE Nexus Science Advance Conference – Nicosia - 22/23.09.20
• The 202 Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystems (WEFE) Nexus Science Advances Conference is organised by the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA) and the Cyprus Institute to address the role of science as a driver of innovation and its interface with the policymaking process.

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