Rebecca Harding (CEO)

Covid-19 and critical medical equipment supply chains: what flows where?

In January this year, Coriolis Technologies conducted a survey of the UK population about national security. Over 68% of respondents said that a better resourced and improved NHS would make them feel more secure on a personal basis. Two months on, and global security is critically dependent on healthcare systems around the world. But while responses have largely been national, for obvious reasons, the challenge of getting supplies of life-saving ventilators, face masks, personal protective equipment, and medical supplies to…

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Leaving them stranded? Understanding the UK’s trade negotiating stance amid the coronavirus outbreak

Dr Rebecca Harding, CEO The UK stands to gain in trade terms from the current outbreak of novel coronavirus (Covid-19). It turns out that the world’s current obsession with personal hygiene plays to its advantage: it is a net exporter of both toilet paper and hand sanitiser – export values in 2018 were US$129mn for toilet paper, and US$455mn in hand sanitiser. As the world’s 11th largest exporter of toilet rolls and 4th largest exporter of hand sanitiser, at least…

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The realpolitik of post-Brexit trade with the EU

Dr. Rebecca Harding CEO Coriolis Technologies Boris Johnson’s post-Brexit approach to the UK’s relationship with the EU had its first airing on Monday. He excluded the possibility of regulatory alignment or level playing fields and instead laid out a vision for the UK based on its right to set its own standards, trade in its own way with whomever it likes, and control its own borders. His government, and specifically the foreign secretary Dominic Raab, is already urging a zero…

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Strategic trade is the future of post-Brexit Britain

Dr. Rebecca Harding CEO, Coriolis Technologies The Brexit referendum was a watershed moment for global trade. The vote to leave was based on a populist sentiment that came from a now well-documented sense of exclusion from the benefits of globalisation. This same populism catalysed the rise of economic nationalism in the US, the election of President Trump and the subsequent weaponisation of trade. Trade wars, and the weakening of global trade institutions like the World Trade Organization are the result.…

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Slippery slopes: why no-one will be talking about trade at Davos

Dr. Rebecca Harding CEO Coriolis Technologies 20th January 2020 As the world’s leaders gather in Davos, there is a sigh of geoeconomic relief going around the world. A phase one trade deal between the US and China was struck on January 15 and US and European stock markets had their best week since August as a result. UK businesses meanwhile were given a resound ticking off by the chancellor, Sajid Javid, at the weekend, who essentially said: “Brexit is happening,…

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