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4th December 2020


1.00pm GMT


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COVID-19 – were the lockdowns worth the socio-economic cost?

COVID-19 – were the lockdowns worth the socio-economic cost?

Friday 4th December

1pm GMT

Governments around the world have adopted a range of approaches to deal with the Coronavirus pandemic, ranging from targeted elimination inside a strictly-quarantined border, often accompanied by draconian interventions in civil liberties, to a light-touch advisory approach until vaccines become widely available. The interventionist governments have racked up trillions of dollars of debt to fund handouts and compensation to the people and businesses disrupted by their interventions, and central banks have created money to absorb much of this debt, threatening an inflationary destruction of savings as interest rates go to zero or negative.

Hong Kong-based Exonian Alumnus David Webb (1983, Mathematics) will lead an online discussion on what we can learn from these approaches before the next pandemic. David has been a member of HK’s Takeovers and Mergers Panel since 2001 (a Deputy Chairman since 2013), was an elected independent director of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd, which owns the Stock Exchange, from 2003 to 2008 and is an alumnus of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders (2005-2011), and former Chairman of Hong Kong Mensa.

To join the virtual event please click on the link below shortly before 1pm on 4th December