Global Tables on Trade, Investment, and Growth

At the core of the Digital Global Solutions Summit are Global Tables, each tackling the T20 and G20 agenda as well as generating policies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Global Tables are filled with keynotes, discussions, interviews and impulse statements by high-ranking representatives from research, politics, business and civil society.

While the world economy continues to be as connected by trade in goods and services as never before, the institutions governing global trade face an enduring crisis. Complemented by my-country-first narratives and rising tariff barriers by an increasing number of political leaders around the world, free trade is challenged. New types of trade, in services and data, create new challenges and require multilateral agreements to adequately govern them. And the COVID-19 pandemic makes the weaknesses of the optimized global production networks apparent. All these issues and problems have in common that the people can no longer fully benefit from trade. After a long period with a trading system fulfilling predominantly corporate interests, it is now time to step back and ensure a trading system that is centered on human needs and gains and that benefits all countries. This Global Table will discuss the required policy approaches.

Dani Rodrik
Harvard University, USA

Susan Ariel Aaronson


Gabriel Felbermayr
Kiel Institute for the World Economy


Anabel Gonzalez


Pascal Lamy
Jacques Delors Institute


Moderator: Michaela Küfner
Deutsche Welle






Policy Recommendations, Policy Briefs and Articles

Policy Briefs on Trade, Investment and Growth

Policy Briefs contain recommendations and visions and cover policy ares that are of interest to G20 policymakers. The majority of the Policy Briefs has been developed by a corresponding T20 Task Force.

T20 Recommendations Report: Trade, Investment and Globalization

Compiled by Juliane Stein-Zalai (IfW Kiel) and Simon Wolf (Global Solutions Initiative)

Global Trade Cooperation after COVID-19: Can the G20 Contain Disintegration?

By Peter Draper (Institute for International Trade, University of Adelaide)

How COVID-19 will change the nation’s long-term economic trends

By Mark Muro, Tracy Hadden Loh, Martha Ross, Jenny Schuetz, Annelies Goger, Nicole Bateman, William H. Frey, Joseph Parilla, Sifan Liu, and Adie Tomer (Brookings)

The fiscal response to the economic fallout from the coronavirus

By Julia Anderson, Enrico Bergamini, Sybrand Brekelmans, Aliénor Cameron, Zsolt Darvas, Marta Domínguez Jíménez (Bruegel)

A crisis in times of crisis: Combating COVID-19 under sanctions in Iran?

By Sonali Chowdhury, Anna-Katharina Jacobs & Kathrin Kamin (Kiel Institute for the World Economy) 

The economics of wage compensation and corona loans: Why and how the state should bear most of the economic cost of the COVID lockdown

By Jean-Philippe Bonardi, Marius Brülhart, Jean-Pierre Danthine, Eric Jondeau & Dominic Rohner (University of Lausanne)

Rescuing the labour market in times of COVID-19: Don’t forget new hires!

By Christian Merkl (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg) & Enzo Weber (University of Regensburg)

The Helicopters Are Coming

By Willem H. Buiter (Columbia University)

Building effective short-time work schemes for the COVID-19 crisis

By Giulia Giupponi (Institute for Fiscal Studies) & Camille Landais (London School of Economics)

The labour market policy response to COVID-19 must save aggregate matching capital

By Shigeru Fujita (Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia), Giuseppe Moscarini (Yale University) & Fabien Postel-Vinay (University College London)

Investment screening in times of COVID-19 and beyond

OECD Policy Responses to Coronavirus (COVID-19)


Contributions by the Young Global Changers

Ninety young people from around the world were selected to participate in the Global Solutions Summit as Young Global Changers. These young changemakers from academica, business and civil society will contribute and debate in their various working groups on the Summit topics.

Statement Video on Trade, Investment and Growth by the 2020 YGCs

Take a look at the video with statements and questions by the YGC Working Group on Trade, Investment and Growth.

Related Projects by the 2020 YGCs

The Young Global Changers work on projects and initiatives that are pushing for change.

Explore the Digital Global Solutions Summit 2020

You can navigate to content related to the Global Solutions Summit here. Discover the T20 agenda, an overview of all Global Tables, meet the speakers and read the latest issue of the Global Solutions Journal. Also navigate to the G20 Insights Platform offers policy proposals to the G20: The Policy Briefs, produced by Task Forces from the Think20 (T20) Group and other sources, are clustered in policy areas and describe either recommendations or visions.


Sessions focus on the G20 and T20 agenda and also address the political response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Underlying all topics is the narrative on Recoupling.

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Global Tables shape the program of this Summit. With a specific focus within a topic area they consist of keynotes and panel discussions, supplemented by vision statements. Participants are invited to contribute to the contents. 

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The Global Solutions Summit is a meeting of global problem solvers, including thought leaders and decision-makers from research, politics, business and civil society.

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The Journal for this Summit provides a bridge between visions, recommend­ations and action. Find articles from academics as well as from implementers.

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Policy Briefs

The G20 Insights Platform offers policy proposals to the G20. It is  an initiative of the T20 Engagement Group. 

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