The Impact of Corona Deepens Gaps between States

The Impact of Corona Deepens Gaps between States

Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said the outbreak of the Corona or Covid-19 virus had deepened the level of inequality between countries, with poor countries being the most affected.

“As is always the case, developing countries and least developed countries face greater risks,” Retno said while filling an online public discussion about COVID-19. Organized by the Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia (FPCI) from Jakarta, Friday, May 8, 2020 .

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Even the International Monetary Fund or the IMF is anticipating the worst economic crisis due to the Corona pandemic with an estimated 3 percent decline in global economic growth. Whereas in Southeast Asia, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) predicts economic growth could fall 1 percent.

The International Labor Organization (ILO) said nearly 1.6 billion workers in the informal sector. Which included half of the global workforce, had been affected by their livelihoods.

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As a result of Corona, the UN Secretary General has warned that poverty could increase by 500 million people. Likewise the World Food Program (WFP) said disruption to the economic order and steps taken to curb the Covid-19 rate could bring 130 million people to the brink of starvation by the end of this year.

This is coupled with the challenges of new globalization with many countries imposing isolation and protectionism.

Foreign Minister Retno said, countries in Asia often get stigmatized as carriers of the virus.

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“We Asians, often get stigma in many places as people who carry the virus. Foreigners and returning citizens are also targeted. This vulnerable group is the hardest hit by the pandemic, “Retno said.

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