Greater Bay Area Chief Economist Forum
Tao Zhang, IMF Deputy Managing Director

July 10, 2020

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Hello, everyone. It gives me great pleasure to join you today at the Greater Bay Area Chief Economist Forum and to engage in dialogue with you on issues of common interest.

We are now halfway through 2020. In the first half of the year, the COVID-19 pandemic has been at the forefront of global discussion. Indeed, for many of us, 2020 is unquestionably a year like no other we have seen in our lifetime. On the one hand, the pandemic has affected the entire world. On the other hand, we also see that countries are working hard on the health front to contain the spread of the

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