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Despite COVID-19's rapid evolution into a global pandemic, China's coronavirus situation has in recent weeks largely trended toward the positive. Confirmed cases have trended down, dozens of provinces have downgraded their response levels, many companies have reopened for business and General Secretary Xi Jinping signaled that the Party is close to declaring victory when he paid an unexpected visit on March 10 to Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak. It increasingly seems that the country is moving out of the worst of the epidemic, which hopefully indicates that companies can begin shifting their focus from crisis response to recovery. Planning ahead will help American companies gain a good position against competitors when the market returns.

AmCham Shanghai is pleased to once again welcome Kent Kedl, Partner and Head of Greater China and North Asia at Control Risks, to share the contrasting COVID-19 trends in China and the world and give an updated analysis on how the companies in China should adjust their tactics as the outbreak has entered a new phase locally. Kent's briefing will cover:

  • An update of the latest COVID-19 situation in China and the rest of the world, a summary of the government actions, and an assessment of future scenarios
  • The new challenges faced by enterprises as COVID-19 increasingly becomes a global issue
  • How the outbreak has changed the business ecosystem in China
  • How to structure an end-to-end recovery process, from strategy development to program implementation, which will shape operations and opportunities in a transformed market

This briefing will be on the record and slides and a recording will be distributed to attendees. Please submit any questions you have in advance to jessie.niu@amcham-shanghai.org.

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  • Kent Kedl (Senior Partner at Control Risks Greater China and North Asia region)

    Kent Kedl

    Senior Partner at Control Risks Greater China and North Asia region

    Kent Kedl is a Partner in Control Risks, Greater China and North Asia. He is responsible for Control Risks’ practices across mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, the Koreas and Mongolia. He has worked in Asia since the early 1980s.

    Kent has consulted with multi-national and Asian corporations on a range of risk and strategy issues, such as M&A and organic growth strategy, crisis management and operational business controls, and strategic and organisational development programs. Kent has particular expertise in the Asia-Pacific healthcare, food and beverage, and consumer products sectors.

    Formerly, Kent was responsible for the Compliance, Forensics and Intelligence practice throughout Asia-Pacific. Prior to joining Control Risks, Kent was general manager and co-owner of Technomic Asia, a market strategy consulting firm.

    Kent has worked as a journalist and is a frequent contributor to Asia-based media outlets. The co-author of The China Ready Company (2006, China Pathways) he writes and produces The Talking Monkey, a blog and podcast on living as a foreigner in China.

    Kent has a bachelor’s in English and a master’s in East Asian studies from the University of Minnesota. He also completed graduate studies in journalism and mass communication at the China Times Centre for Mass Media and Social Studies.

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