COVID-19 Update

“You will have to understand this coronavirus, it’s not going to go unless a vaccine is discovered. We have to live with the coronavirus. The entire world has reached this conclusion.”

Imran Khan, Prime Minister of Pakistan



June 4, 2020

Dear BGA Clients,

This report surveys the steps by countries in the Asia-Pacific to reopen their economies and societies. From China to New Zealand and Vietnam, some have opened quite substantially, while others are still facing Covid-19 infections and are fighting to rein them in. Countries like Australia and India are exploring how to use the tragedy of the pandemic to reform their economies and make them more efficient. Many of the Southeast Asian nations are looking to attract more foreign investment to jump-start economic recovery.

BGA will continue to monitor regional reactions to the outbreak across the region as they unfold. Questions and comments are welcome, and can be directed to BGA Head of Research Murray Hiebert at

Best Regards,

Murray Hiebert,
Director of Research, BowerGroupAsia

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Excerpt from June 4 report:

Covid-19 Recovery Across the Asia-Pacific

BGA in the News:

Murray Hiebert, COVID-19 Threatens Democracy in Southeast Asia, East Asia Forum
May 25, 2020

Prashanth Parameswaran, The Challenge of Grading Asia on COVID-19, The Diplomat
May 12, 2020

Adib Zalkalpi interview on
Perikatan Nasional’s Big Test, Channel News Asia
May 4, 2020

Ernie Bower, as quoted in
Covid-19 pandemic leads some companies to rethink China exposure, turn sights on South-east Asia, The Straits Times
May 3, 2020

Rupert Hammond-Chambers, as quoted in Taiwan Emerging From Pandemic With a Stronger Hand Against China, Bloomberg
April 29, 2020

Akshobh Giridharadas and Vaman Desai,
After COVID–19: Manufacturing India’s New Economic Potential, The Diplomat
April 29, 2020

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Coronavirus: Malaysians United in Fight, but Divided in Blame as Politics Rises Again, The Straits Times
April 21, 2020

Justin Sosne,
Companies Must Act with Moral Integrity and Courage in Face of Coronavirus, Medium
April 20, 2020.

Akshobh Giridharadas,
The Economic & Political Impact of the Coronavirus Could Be Devastating for the U.S., Stratnews Global
April 10, 2020

Justin Sosne,
Companies Must Help Accelerate Through the Curve, The Business Times
April 7, 2020

Sujeev Shakya,
Lockdown Musings: This is the best reflective time we have got—everyone needs to use it productively, Kathmandu Post
April 6, 2020

Akshobh Giridharadas,
From a Seafood Market to Global Markets: 2020 Has Become the Year of COVID-19, Observer Research Foundation
March 17, 2020