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Seminar 1: Impact of COVID-19 on Unemployment and Income Inequality

Date: 13 May 2020 at 09:00-10:30 GMT

For the first of our new virtual seminar series on ‘The Economics of COVID-19’, we will discuss the ‘Impact of COVID-19 on Unemployment and Income Inequality’.

High-level speakers from across the Commonwealth will explore the pandemic’s impact on tourism, debt and the confluence of the pandemic and natural disasters. 

Seminar 1 summary: The impact of COVID-19 on unemployment and inequality


  • Dr Arjoon Sudddhoo, Deputy Secretary-General, Commonwealth Secretariat (Chair)
  • Dr Frank Chansa, Senior Researcher, Bank of Zambia 
  • Mr Gerald Chirinda, Coordinator, Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs 
  • Mr Ahmed Ifthikhar, Director of Policy Planning, Ministry of Economic Development, Maldives 
  • Mr Layne Robinson, Head of Social Policy, Commonwealth Secretariat  

Session 1 

This session will focus on how COVID-19 has impacted levels of unemployment. Panellists will discuss what support is needed and what is currently being received.   

Session 2 

In session 2, panellists will turn their attention to the fact that unemployment exacerbates income inequality. They will discuss how COVID-19 has highlighted inequalities between socio-economic groups and the financial impact they will face from the pandemic.

All seminars are open to colleagues across the Commonwealth who are interested in exploring ways in which we can do more to support each other. 

For more information or questions about registration please contact: [email protected]

For media enquiries:

Emma Fisher
Communications Division
Commonwealth Secretariat
Tel: +44 (0)20 7747 6215
Email: [email protected]