Anwar Zibaoui
General Coordinator of ASCAME

We are facing a challenge that will change the world. As countries take essential measures to protect their populations, no sector remains immune to change. Closed borders, telework, travel bans and confinement. The coronavirus outbreak is redefining how we stay connected. And with a fifth of the planet already isolated, it is imperative to keep the flow of goods so that critical supplies can get where they are needed. The global logistics industry faces its biggest challenge.

Oumnia Boutaleb
Policy Center for the New South (PCNS)

The current health crisis, beyond having severely tested the world health systems, has redefined world geopolitics. The large transport networks must readapt and adjust to the geopolitical evolutions and the new world dynamics.

Dr Jérôme Verny
NEOMA Business School, Paris, France

At a global scale, the COVID-19 pandemic has created disruptions both to the supply and demand that are reflected in all logistical chains. Following the closure of factories in China in the different industrial sectors (car, aeronautical, textile…) during the first quarter of 2020, a disruption has been seen throughout the supply chain all over the world.

Eduard Rodés
Escola Europea – Intermodal Transport

Sustainability has become one of the critical factors in shaping the policies of all countries. The United Nations, with its Agenda 2030 initiative, and the European Union (EU) with the Green Deal, has set the course for a low-carbon society in 2050. The COVID-19 has further strengthened the need to carry out this sustainability revolution.

Michaël Tanchum
University of Navarra, Spain

COVID-19 has reshuffled the deck in the strategic scramble to establish Europe-to-Africa commercial transportation corridors across the Mediterranean basin. Prior to the pandemic’s outbreak, the European Union (EU) system already faced a pressing strategic challenge to form a coherent and effective policy in North Africa to respond to the increasingly significant roles played by China, Russia, Turkey, and the Arab Gulf states in the development of trans-Mediterranean connectivity.

Marco Ricceri
Secretary General, Eurispes – Istituto di Studi Politici Economici e Sociali

Different current sectoral commitments are part of a broader framework of strengthening collaboration between states that the G20-2020 summit confirmed as the only way forward to tackle the effects of the global pandemic crisis, “to overcome the current challenges and realize opportunities of the 21st century”

Giorgia Giovannetti and Arianna Vivoli
University of Florence, Italy

A debate has recently emerged with respect to the future of global value chains (GVCs), discussing whether excessive globalisation of production has worked as a channel transmitting the shock or as a safety net, and whether this crisis would lead to a process of de-globalization or of slow-balization, with firms reshoring production or at least nearshoring.