A man eats his dinner in an alleyway as another checks his phone in a residential doorway in Hong Kong on January 4. Hong Kong’s jobless rate hit a 16-year high in the final quarter of 2020. Photo: AFP A man eats his dinner in an alleyway as another checks his phone in a residential doorway in Hong Kong on January 4. Hong Kong’s jobless rate hit a 16-year high in the final quarter of 2020. Photo: AFP
A man eats his dinner in an alleyway as another checks his phone in a residential doorway in Hong Kong on January 4. Hong Kong’s jobless rate hit a 16-year high in the final quarter of 2020. Photo: AFP
David Dodwell
Opinion

Opinion

Outside In by David Dodwell

With economic catastrophe looming, we can’t wait until everyone is vaccinated to get back to business as usual

  • The pandemic’s savage economic impact is, at present, being mitigated by widespread support packages, but such massive spending cannot go on much longer
  • Instead of each country working for itself, leaders should agree on global protocols so we can save jobs and resume work amid the pandemic

A man eats his dinner in an alleyway as another checks his phone in a residential doorway in Hong Kong on January 4. Hong Kong’s jobless rate hit a 16-year high in the final quarter of 2020. Photo: AFP A man eats his dinner in an alleyway as another checks his phone in a residential doorway in Hong Kong on January 4. Hong Kong’s jobless rate hit a 16-year high in the final quarter of 2020. Photo: AFP
A man eats his dinner in an alleyway as another checks his phone in a residential doorway in Hong Kong on January 4. Hong Kong’s jobless rate hit a 16-year high in the final quarter of 2020. Photo: AFP
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David Dodwell

David Dodwell

David Dodwell is the executive director of the Hong Kong-APEC Trade Policy Study Group, a trade policy think tank.