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Illicit trade in a post-pandemic world – Learning from disruption

December 1st 2020 @ 15:00 - 16:00 CET

Illicit trade in a post-pandemic world – Learning from disruption is a virtual panel discussion, taking place on 1st December 2020 at 2pm GMT – 3pm CET.

2020 has been a turbulent year across the world, and the world of illicit trade is no exception. In the early stages of the pandemic, criminal groups were forced to alter their supply chains in the face of national lockdowns that closed borders and confined whole populations to their homes. Frantic purchasing of healthcare supplies created a lucrative market for counterfeit PPE and the supply of illicit goods in a number of industries spiked, while cybercrime and fraud boomed too as the world’s population took to the internet for their basic needs. Law enforcement agencies and governments alike, overwhelmed by the challenges presented by this new public health threat, worry that lack of resources are allowing criminal enterprises to run wild without concern of being chased.

Yet while the coronavirus pandemic continues to create unique challenges, what has been learned in the past few months in the fight against illicit trade?

Join the virtual conversation as together we will ask:
– Has international collaboration escaped unscathed from the pandemic, or is more work needed to ensure countries work together to tackle cross-border illicit trade?
– As countries across the world struggle to balance the books after spending their way to recovery, how can governments effectively address illicit trade and avoid criminal dealings from damaging national economies?
– As we re-examine the measures taken in order to save businesses from going under, how can these same businesses be protected in the face of resurging illicit activities like smuggling, counterfeiting, and tax evasion?
– What will be the long-term impact of the coronavirus pandemic on illicit trade?


December 1st 2020
15:00 - 16:00 CET
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The Economist
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