As countries begin cautiously easing lockdown measures, prime ministers Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand and Scott Morrison of Australia have announced their intention to join forces in establishing a trans-Tasman“travel bubble”. A display of trust after mutual initial successes in controlling the outbreak, limited travel between the two nations would help get their economies back on track.
For business groups, the move is a welcome sign of cooperation for the greater good. In a joint statement announcing the travel zone, the prime ministers discuss gradually expanding the concept to the broader Pacific family, enabling travel with other island countries while controlling the risks. The model experiment from Down Under could set the trend for revving up the global economy one bubble at a time.