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Seminar 3: COVID-19’s Impact on Tourism, Debt, and Disaster Risk Management 

Date: 27 May 2020 at 13:00-14:30 GMT

As part of our new virtual Seminar series on ‘The Economics of COVID-19’, we are holding a seminar on ‘COVID-19’s Impact on Tourism, Debt, and Disaster Risk Management’.

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. 

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  • Rt Hon Baroness Patricia Scotland, Secretary General of the Commonwealth (Chair)
  • Hon Mia Mottley, Prime Minister, Barbados (tbc) 
  • Hon K Peter Turnquest, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Bahamas (tbc)
  • HE Ali Waheed, Minister of Tourism, Maldives
  • Ms Pamella McLaren, Senior Director (a.i.), EYSD, Commonwealth Secretariat  

Session 1 

The session will focus on how COVID-19 has impacted tourism. Panellists will also discuss the fiscal impact and the impact of the economic downturn on the debt levels. Finally, panellists will consider what the future of tourism might look like.

Session 2 

Session 2 will focus on the ever-present threat of natural disasters that many tourism-dependent countries face. Panellists will discuss how to manage the coronavirus pandemic and natural disasters and highlight the support they need for effective disaster risk management.

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. 

Register to attend the seminar

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]