Event Details

The Covid-19 pandemic is having a huge negative effect on the global economy, and the Economist Intelligence Unit expects recovery to pre-coronavirus levels only in 2022. But this global forecast masks big disparities between countries. Some will recover quickly, while others will take much longer.

China will be a rare exception, as we do not expect the country to enter a recession this year. However rivalry between the US and China will intensify, regardless of the November election results, complicating markets and investment decisions.

More than ever, business leaders need reliable, timely information and strong networks to support their difficult decision making.

We invite you to join us for our Regional Strategic Forecast as we discuss:

  • The outlook for the global economy and Asia/Pacific for 2021 and beyond
  • Our predictions for currencies, trade, supply chains and jobs
  • The impact of the low oil-price environment and shifting commodity prices
  • The outlook for the Chinese economy

We hope you will be able to attend our event in person - but if you cannot, please let us know and we will forward the dial-in instructions to you.

Please note that this event is limited to senior-level executives and per invitation only. If you are not an existing member of The Economist Corporate Network, but would like to learn how you can attend our events, please contact us.


4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
16.30–17.00pm Registration & drinks
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Meeting & discussions
(Dr. Simon Baptist will be speaking from Singapore via webinar).


  • Simon Baptist (Editorial Director and Chief Economist of The Economist Intelligence Unit)

    Simon Baptist

    Editorial Director and Chief Economist of The Economist Intelligence Unit

    Simon Baptist is Editorial Director and Chief Economist at The Economist Intelligence Unit. Prior to his current role, he has held a number of other senior management and editorial positions in the business, including Managing Director for Asia, Regional Director of our Asia editorial team, Director of Global Forecasting, and Consulting Director in both Europe and Asia

    Simon’s focus is on the global economy, national and international political developments, and public policy. He engages with business, government and international organisations, helping them to understand the operational and strategic implications of the EIU’s forecasts.

    He has a doctorate in economics from and was a lecturer at Oxford University, along with degrees in economics and science from the University of Tasmania. His academic research investigated technology and the determinants of productivity in manufacturing firms.

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  • Mary Boyd (Network Director, Shanghai of The Economist Corporate Network)

    Mary Boyd

    Network Director, Shanghai of The Economist Corporate Network

    Mary Boyd is responsible for programme development and client servicing in Shanghai. She also provides research and conceptual support on China for Economist Corporate Network programmes. Before joining the Economist Group Mary Boyd was in the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, serving on assignment in Hong Kong, Thailand, Taiwan and China (in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chongqing). Since leaving government service she has researched and published on economic development and governance issues in China, and has undertaken consultancy work for the World Bank and other international institutions, as well as multinational companies. She has written for a number of Economist Intelligence Unit publications, including Country Report, China Hand and Business China. She co-authored the Economist Intelligence Unit report: Taking on the Competition: Domestic Companies in China. Ms Boyd has an MA (area studies) and an MSc (public policy and management) from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and has also completed language studies at Nanjing University. Her research interests include local governance and decentralisation policies and public-sector reform.

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