DHL and the NYU Stern School of Business have released the DHL Global Connectedness Index 2020 (GCI). After holding steady in 2019, current forecasts imply that the index will fall significantly in 2020 due to the distancing effects of Covid-19 on societies, such as closed borders, travel bans and grounded passenger airlines.
Nonetheless, the pandemic is unlikely to send the world’s overall level of connectedness below where it stood during the 2008/9 global financial crisis. Trade and capital flows have already started to recover and international data flows surged during the spreading pandemic as in-person contact migrated online, boosting international internet traffic, phone calls and e-commerce.
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