COVID-19 Big Ques­tions

Fiji Sun - - COMMENT - Pranil Ram, Feed­back: rosi.doviverata@fi­jisun.com.fj

Nadi

There are many ques­tions that man­i­fest them­selves from this COVID-19 pan­demic. Why didn’t we learn from our his­tory that a dis­as­ter of this mag­ni­tude was pos­si­ble and there­fore had pre­pared ac­cord­ingly? Would poverty and in­equal­ity go­ing to be im­proved in fu­ture or is it go­ing to be ex­ac­er­bated?

It is an­tic­i­pated that we are go­ing to have the deep­est re­ces­sion on record and would this cri­sis ex­pose the un­der­ly­ing re­al­ity? Are the house­holds go­ing to be­have by hun­ker­ing down or im­prove its pro­duc­tive ca­pac­ity?

Is this calamity go­ing to ex­pose strength and weak­nesses of the qual­ity of our gov­er­nance sys­tems and the pub­lic health pol­icy?

In what way did Viet­nam, a de­vel­op­ing coun­try that has a higher pop­u­la­tion than Italy, has no coro­n­avirus-re­lated death to date?

How do we bounce back from of the de­mand shock, weak­en­ing ex­port mar­kets and geopo­lit­i­cal com­pe­ti­tion?

What could be done to bal­ance the health mit­i­ga­tion ef­fects with the im­pli­ca­tions on the econ­omy?

How could the role of so­cial co­he­sion in the face of this dis­as­ter be strength­ened?

It is im­por­tant to un­der­stand the sit­u­a­tion that we are in and not suc­cumb to it.

As we be­lieve that the world is go­ing to be trans­formed it is how we evolve and adapt to the new nor­mal that is go­ing to de­cide what our fu­ture is.

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