For many, the start of a new year offers the opportunity to reflect on the year prior and move on with great gusto into the next. After the year that was 2020, a widespread desire to put that period behind us existed long before it was over.
In the Asia-Pacific region, the original epicentre of the Covid-19 pandemic, the recovery has been on far longer than any other corners of the world – and with a few exceptions, is largely regarded as having been more successful too.
Indeed, at gasworld Asia-Pacific Virtual Event in December, newly appointed Linde plc COO Sanjiv Lamba proudly enthused, “Even in Asia-Pacific, one of the fastest growing markets anywhere in the world, the reality has changed a little bit, we have re-calibrated and our thinking today is how do we get back to pre-Covid levels.”
“The only other comment I would make on that is, that as a region that believes in personal ownership and collective responsibility, that’s been a good mix for fuelling the recovery that we have seen – and of course, that is all helping with the Covid pandemic and the after-effects of that as well.”
“We will get back to pre-Covid recovery,” he encouraged, “I have no doubt about that and I’m quite optimistic about how the Asia-Pacific is performing and moving forward. But the reality also is, we are learning to live with this virus. We are learning to co-exist and survive, and this economic recovery in Asia is a very positive story.”
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