COVID-19 Update

“The risk of community infection is very high, requiring more determination, solidarity and responsibility from the political system in order to take stronger and more determined measures over the next two weeks.”

Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Prime Minister of Vietnam

August 7, 2020

Our report this week, BGA continues its “Asia-Pacific Beyond Covid” series with a deep dive into Vietnam. Every two weeks, we will highlight markets and how our analysts expect them to change over the next few years. Each report will explore economic, social, political and geopolitical trends that will reshape each market in the aftermath of the global pandemic. These reports leverage our people, BGA’s greatest asset, and our established track record of combining global, regional and local expertise.

Please see below for brief overviews of each market’s posture. 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

Excerpt from August 7 Report:

BGA on COVID-19:

Will Heidlage, moderator
Webinar: Assessing China’s COVID-19 Diplomacy
June 20, 2020

Jim Carouso,
A Singapore of Greater Certainty is What Businesses are Hoping for, Today
June 8, 2020

Akshobh Giridharadas,
COVID-19’s Origins Maybe in Asia but its Breaking Point has been in the West, Observer Research Foundation
May 28, 2020

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

Adib Zalkalpi, as quoted in
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

Archived Updates

August 7, 2020
July 23, 2020
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July 9, 2020
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