A hard landing is made easier with a good pilot
I spent this morning talking downturns, job losses and economic recovery with CNBC on their ‘Strictly Money’ program*. See below and click on www.cnbc.com for more information. I was joined by Sir Andrew Cahn, Chief Executive of the Government’s Trade & Investment (or BERR).
We covered a range of topics but the speed and severity of job losses associated with the global economic downturn dominated the opening question. In the
So the mood is certainly gloomy, but is it hopeless?
Well, yesterday’s ‘miracle on the Hudson’ - where a US airways commercial jet had to make an emergency landing in the Hudson river in New York - was a wonderfully positive story given the negative newsflow generally. Experts praised the pilot and crew, "who had done everything right." So the potential Hudson air tragedy has become the "Hudson miracle"... an unprecedented story of zero casualties in a full scale commercial air accident.
In a similar way, tremendous skill by business and political leaders will be required to handle the global economy’s hard landing this year. Let’s pray the casualty list will be relatively light, the most pessimistic of pundits proved wrong and the upturn quicker than expected. Miracles can and do happen.
Global rebalancing, lower borrowing, more sensible asset prices, lower inflation, more realistic expectations from all stakeholders are all side-benefits of the downturn. Even geopolitics can benefit as less than friendly governments and hard nosed leaders soften their tone, in the light of lower energy demand and lower oil prices.
Recently, at a dinner hosted by Harvey Nash’s Life Sciences practice, Ian Kent, a seasoned life sciences entrepreneur and founder Director of a number of successful bioscience companies spoke about the need for Government to further incentivise global companies to place high value R & D in the UK. There is tough competition from Massachusetts USA and parts of Europe. This was raised as a topic during our debate. My co-panelist on the show, Sir Andrew Cahn, made a good argument that the
And of course there are other areas of growth. The public sector is going to benefit from greater investment as a result of Government stimulus packages, and both private firms as well as public bodies associated with healthcare, education and public transport are looking to expand and grow.
Take the green agenda. The road to a lower carbon economy means E.on (German Energy) and EDF (French Electricity) are both getting ready for the boom in building Nuclear power stations. It is no secret that President-elect Obama is placing ‘green jobs’ at the centre of his economic recovery, with a pledge to create three million new jobs within environmentally friendly industries. Whether this includes the development of green technology within automobile manufacturing or alternative energy sourcing and security remain to be seen; but investment in new energy technologies has always generated a positive knock-on effect in talent development. There is a lot more to come on this topic as new ideas are explored and Government investment flows. Technology organisations like The Symbian Foundation are hiring as convergence in the wireless sector takes hold.
So there are still pockets sectors and companies that are still hiring. They are simply not releasing announcements and the media aren’t covering it.
It’s certainly gloomy, but hopeless?
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* "Strictly Money" is a CNBC program that focuses on you and your money. It’s essential viewing for the
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