|Economy||Measure Code||Measure||Currency Code||Amount (Local)||Amount (USD)||Source||Post Date||Details|
|Bangladesh||05B||05B - Income support||BDT||337,565,000,000||3,973,690,406||Ministry of Finance. https://mof.portal.gov.bd/sites/default/files/files/mof.portal.gov.bd/page/ed9e8b19_ccba_4cca_94b1_c40013f7a760/MTMPS_2020-21_English.pdf (accessed 29 June 6). Bangladesh Bank. https://www.bb.org.bd/mediaroom/circulars/fepd/may122020fepdl20.pdf (accessed 29 June 2020).||
(i) BTD20 billion, the Ministry of Finance will subsidize interest payments as mentioned in Measure 2 on working capital loans by scheduled banks to businesses; (ii) BDT12.58 billion Cash Transfer to targeted poor people; (iii)BDT8.15 billion expansion of cash allowance programs; (iv) BDT25.03 billion free food distribution; (v) BDT2.51 billion OMS of rice at 10 taka/kg; (vi) BDT21.3 billion construction of home for homeless people; (vii) BDT8.6 billion additional procurement of paddy/rice (2.0 lac ton), (viii) BDT2.0 billion Support for farm mechanization; (ix) BDT95 billion subsidy for agriculture; (x) BDT20 billion employment creation through four State owned entities; (xi) Export Development Fund has been increased by USD1.5 billion; (xii) BDT20 billion subsidy for commercial bank's suspended interest of April-May, 2020; (xiii) No amount/estimate: Expatriate Bangladeshis can get 2% incentives without showing any paper on remittance upto $5,000 (earlier $1,500) and for more than $5,000
|Bangladesh||09||09 - International Assistance Provided||BDT|
|Bangladesh||09A||09A - Swaps||BDT|
|Bangladesh||09B||09B - International loans/grants||BDT|
|Bangladesh||11||11 - Other Economic Measures||BDT||Bangladesh Bank. https://www.bb.org.bd/mediaroom/circulars/brpd/jun102020brpd12.pdf (accessed 29 June 2020).||
BB instructed banks to waive customers interest for the period from 1 April to 31 May based unclassified loan outstanding balance as at 30 March 2020. According to the instruction, loan balance upto BDT 0.1m, waiver the whole amount of interest; loan balance more than BDT 0.1m to BDT 1m interest, interest waiver @2% annually; loan balance more than BDT 1m; interest waiver @1%. Customer wise maximum amount of waiver is BDT 1.2m.
|Bhutan||05B||05B - Income support||BTN/INR||30,000,000,000||403,680,518||Official Statement from the Office of the Prime Minister of Bhutan (PMO). https://bit.ly/2yrZXYx (accessed 13 April 2020); PMO. https://bit.ly/3b6ygCh (accessed 6 May 2020); IMF. https://www.imf.org/en/Topics/imf-and-covid19/Policy-Responses-to-COVID-19 (accessed 24 July 2020); PMO. https://bit.ly/3efwMrR (accessed 18 June 2020); PMO. https://bit.ly/3ggtGo2 (accessed 1 July 2020); PMO. https://bit.ly/39oW0lW (accessed 20 July 2020).||
April, The National Resilience Fund has been approved and established. With a fund size amounting to about BTN30 billion, the resources will support the implementation of the following activities: (i) Grant of the Druk Gyalpo’s Relief Kidu to people who have been laid off or placed on reduced salaries to provide them immediate financial support. April 30, The Druk Gyalpo's Relief Kidu has granted BTN150 million as the first disbursement of the Relief Kidu to 13,006 people. On June 26, the government announced that the Druk Gyalpo Relief Kidu will continue from July to September 2020, however, with revision in amounts. The Relief Kidu has granted about BTN700 million between April and June 2020 to over 23,000 affected people ; (ii) Interest waiver (50% of cost) - effective May 1, the Royal Monetary Authority announced that the interest waiver would also be extended to non-performing loan accounts for a period of three months (April–June). The government will finance 50% of the total interest payment and the financial institutions offered to support the other 50%. On June 11, The government handed over the e-fund payment to financial service providers for loan interest waiver for the month of April. The government is financing 50% of the interest waiver amounting to BTN625.96 million (Total amount of the interest waiver for April stands at BTN1.2 billion). On June 26, the government announced to further extend interest waiver for another nine months for loans availed as of April 10, 2020. Full interest waiver will be granted from July to September 2020, followed by a partial interest waiver (50%) from October 2020 to March 2021. The cost of interest payment for the nine months is estimated at BTN7.5 billion and will be fully granted from the National Resilience Fund ; (iii) Fast-track the implementation of the 12th Five Year Plan and wherever possible frontload the investments. June 26, In order to support front-loading of capital investments, procurement guidelines will be simplified including preferential treatment for local goods; (iv) Business income tax (BIT) and corporate income tax (CIT) filing and tax payment for the income year 2019 will be deferred until June 30. June 26, targeted tax deferments will be provided over the next six to 12 months; (v) Deferred payment of sales tax and customs duty on essential items (March–June); (vi) Waiver of payment of rent and other charges (April–June) by tourism-related business entities leasing government properties. June 26, rental waivers will be provided over the next six to 12 months; (vii) May 25, The government will be refunding the 5% sales tax collected on telecom services collected on or after January 16, 2020; (viii) No amount/estimate: July 1, Launched the Economic Contingency Plan (ECP) Series I, which aims to help various sectors, including tourism, agriculture, construction and improvement of farm roads.
|Bhutan||09||09 - International Assistance Provided||BTN/INR|
|Bhutan||09A||09A - Swaps||BTN/INR|
|Bhutan||09B||09B - International loans/grants||BTN/INR|
|Bhutan||11||11 - Other Economic Measures||BTN/INR||3,000,000,000||40,368,052||IMF. https://www.imf.org/en/Topics/imf-and-covid19/Policy-Responses-to-COVID-19 (accessed 24 July 2020); Royal Monetary Authority. https://www.rma.org.bt/rgobbond.jsp (accessed 01 October 2020).||
(i) Office of Consumer Protection has published market price information of essential commodities as of March 11, to monitor and keep track of price movement in the market and provide information to consumers for informed purchase decision; (ii) March 24, A ban on select food product (e.g., betel leaf, betel nut) import from India has been imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19; (iii) June 29, Import of luxury motor vehicles and bikes have been suspended; (iv) September 4, The Royal Monetary Authority announced the issuance of a 3-year government bond of BTN3,000 million with an annual coupon rate of 6.5% to promote capital market development amid the pandemic [update].
|India||05B||05B - Income support||INR||Press Information Bureau. https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1633516 (accessed 24 June 2020). Ministry of Finance. https://pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1631127 (accessed 17 June 2020). https://pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1625319 (accessed 21 May 2020). IMF. https://www.imf.org/en/Topics/imf-and-covid19/Policy-Responses-to-COVID-19 (accessed 3 July 2020).||
(i) March 26, Finance Minister Sitharaman announced a stimulus package valued at approximately 0.8% of GDP. The key elements of the package are (a) in-kind (food, cooking gas) and cash transfers to lower-income households; (b) insurance coverage for workers in the health-care sector; and (c) wage support to low-wage workers (in some cases for those still working, and in other cases by easing the criteria for receiving benefits in the event of job loss); (ii) No amount/estimate: Several measures to ease the tax compliance burden across a range of sectors have also been announced, including postponing some tax filing and other compliance deadlines; (iii) Numerous state governments have also announced measures to support the health and well-being of lower-income households, primarily in the form of direct transfers (free food rations and cash transfers)-the magnitude of these measures varies by state, but on aggregate measures thus far amount to approximately 0.2% of India’s GDP; (iv) May 17, an additional INR400 billion was allocated to provide employment boost; (v) No amount/estimate: May 20, approved the extension of Pradhan MantriVayaVandanaYojana, a social security scheme for senior citizens, for three additional years until March 2023; (vi) June 12, Provided waiver of late fees and interest as well as reduced the 18% per annum rate to 9% per annum for late furnishing of tax returns for small tax payers; (vii) June 23, a sum of INR1 billion has been allocated from the PM Cares Trust Fund for the welfare of migrant laborers; (viii) June 30, Prime Minister Modi announced that the provision of food rations to vulnerable households would be extended through end-November (0.4% of GDP).
|India||09||09 - International Assistance Provided||INR||59,452,955,789||800,000,000|
|India||09A||09A - Swaps||INR||59,452,955,789||800,000,000||The Print India. https://theprint.in/diplomacy/india-extends-250-million-support-to-maldives-to-overcome-economic-impact-of-covid-19/506718/ (accessed 21 September 2020). The Edition. https://edition.mv/news/18854 (accessed 3 September 2020). Economic Times. https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/finance/rbi-signs-documents-to-extend-400mn-currency-swap-facility-to-sri-lanka-indian-mission/articleshow/77166348.cms (accessed 27 July 2020). IMF. https://www.imf.org/en/Topics/imf-and-covid19/Policy-Responses-to-COVID-19 (accessed 5 May 2020).||
(i) April 15, A request was made by Sri Lanka to enter into a Bilateral Currency Swap Agreement with the Reserve Bank of India for USD400 million. As of July 25, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has signed the documents formally extending the facility to Sri Lanka; (ii) April, RBI entered into a swap currency agreement with the facility with the Maldives Monetary Authority amounting to USD150 million. On September 1, The duration of the currency swap agreement signed between Maldives and India was extended. Presently, Maldives has already received USD150 million under this agreement. In addition, MMA revealed that the Government of India would grant further financing up to USD250 million. As of September 20, the remaining USD250 million financial assistance has been provided by India to the Maldives.
|India||09B||09B - International loans/grants||INR|
|India||11||11 - Other Economic Measures||INR||382,500,000,000||5,146,926,607||RBI. https://www.rbi.org.in/Scripts/BS_PressReleaseDisplay.aspx?prid=50324 (accessed 17 September 2020). Securities and Exchange Board of India. https://www.sebi.gov.in/legal/circulars/jul-2020/relaxation-from-compliance-with-provisions-of-the-sebi-issue-and-listing-of-debt-securities-regulations-2008-ilds-regulation-sebi-non-convertible-redeemable-preference-shares-regulations-20-_47071.html (accessed 17 July 2020), https://www.sebi.gov.in/legal/circulars/jul-2020/relaxation-from-compliance-with-certain-provisions-of-the-sebi-issue-and-listing-of-municipal-debt-securities-regulations-2015-ildm-regulations-and-certain-sebi-circulars-due-to-the-covid-19-vir-_47015.html (accessed 8 July 2020); Ministry of Finance. https://pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1625319 (accessed 21 May 2020); WTO. https://www.wto.org/english/tratop_e/covid19_e/covid19_e.htm#faq (accessed 5 May 2020). IMF. https://www.imf.org/en/Topics/imf-and-covid19/Policy-Responses-to-COVID-19 (accessed 1 October 2020).||
No amount/estimate: (i) Amendments introduced to the export policy of several products; (ii) May 17, Enhancements to the Ease of Doing Business Act and decriminalisation of Companies Act violations; (iii) July 7, Decided to partially modify circular No. SEBI/HO/DDHS/CIR/P/2020/41 (dealing with investor grievance report, financial results and accounts maintained by issuers under ILDM Regulations) and extended the timelines for submission to July 31, 2020; (iv) July 15, Decided to permit Listers who listed or intend/propose to list NCDs/NCRPS/CPs to use available financials as of December 31,2019, pre-coronavirus; (v) August 31, Announced that various State Governments have offered to sell securities by way of an auction, for an aggregate face value of INR82.5 billion; (vi) August 7, The Reserve Bank announced the constitution of an Expert Committee under the chairmanship of Shri K.V. Kamath to make recommendations on the required financial parameters to be factored in the resolution plans under the ˜Resolution Framework for Covid19-related Stress; (vii) August 31, Announced the re-issue of various fixed-rate government equities (stocks) at different years and percentages, for a total of INR300 billion through price-based action; (viii) September 22, the Parliament adopted the amendment to the Indian Bankruptcy Code, with no insolvency cases until March 25, 2021. [update]
|Maldives||05B||05B - Income support||MVR||The Edition. https://edition.mv/business/18270 (4 August 2020). Ministry of Finance. https://www.finance.gov.mv/covid-19/individuals/discount-electricity-bills (accessed 28 August 2020); Ministry of Finance. https://www.finance.gov.mv/covid-19/individuals/financial-aid-students-abroad (accessed 28 August 2020); Ministry of Finance. https://www.finance.gov.mv/covid-19/individuals/income-support-allowance (accessed 16 September 2020, 2 October 2020).||
(i) As of May 2020, MVR48.2 million has been disbursed as the Government subsidized 40% of electricity utility bills of April and May 2020; (ii) As of May 2020, MVR10.2 million has been disbursed as the Government subsidized 30% of water utility bills of April and May 2020; (iii) No amount/estimate: August 4, the Ministry of Tourism reduced the fine imposed on late rent fees for tourist establishments from 0.5% to 0.0493%; (iv) No amount/estimate: Under the Financial Aid for Students Abroad under the Economic Recovery Plan, students would be paid for a maximum period of 2 months, in relation to the stipend rates set by the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE). Eligible students will get a daily allowance corresponding to living allowance for their country of study, but will be capped at USD50 per day; (v) As of September 24, MVR89.8 million under the Income Support Allowance that is part of the Economic Recovery Plan has been disbursed [update].
|Maldives||09||09 - International Assistance Provided||MVR|
|Maldives||09A||09A - Swaps||MVR|
|Maldives||09B||09B - International loans/grants||MVR|
|Maldives||11||11 - Other Economic Measures||MVR||Ministry of Finance. https://www.finance.gov.mv/media/news/mvr-25-million-economic-recovery-plan (accessed 13 April 2020); IMF. https://www.imf.org/en/Topics/imf-and-covid19/Policy-Responses-to-COVID-19 (accessed 13 April 2020); Ministry of Finance. https://www.finance.gov.mv/covid-19 (accessed 26 May 2020); The Edition. https://edition.mv/news/19115 (accessed 16 September 2020).||
(i) April, Reduce recurrent expenditure by MVR1 billion; (ii) September 13, The Ministry of Finance decided to reassess and amend the state budget declared for the year 2020 due to the significant reduction in revenue generated by the state in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
|Nepal||05B||05B - Income support||NPR||IMF. https://www.imf.org/en/Topics/imf-and-covid19/Policy-Responses-to-COVID-19 (accessed 1 October 2020); Ministry of Finance. https://mof.gov.np/en/archive-documents/budget-speech-17.html?lang= (accessed 6 July 2020).||
No amount/estimate: (i) March 30, Social assistance will be strengthened by providing those most vulnerable with daily food rations, subsidizing utility bills for low-usage customers, extending tax-filing deadlines, and taking measures to partially compensate those in the formal sector for lost wages in the event of job loss; (ii) April 26, Informal sector workers who have lost their jobs due to the ongoing crisis will be given the opportunity to participate in public-works projects for a subsistence wage or receive food worth 25% of local daily wage should they choose not to participate; (iii) May 28, The budget speech for fiscal year 2020/21 includes additional measures in the area of job creation (labor intensive in the construction sector, and training for work in manufacturing and service sectors). Some specfic measures include (a) Daily wagers in the informal sector who choose not to be included in either food-for-work or cash-for-work modalities will still be entitled to food worth one-fourth of minimum wage receivable; (b) Electricity bills will be completely waived for households consuming up to 10 units per month; a 25% discount on electricity bills for households consuming up to 150 units of electricity per month; and a 15% discount on electricity bills for households consuming up to 250 units per month; (c) Electricity demand charge during the nationwide lockdown to be waived for industries affected by COVID-19 pandemic; industries will be entitled to a 50% discount on electricity bills during low demand; (d) Government to deposit employer and employees’ social security contribution to SSF during the period of nationwide lockdown; (e) Prime Minister Employment Program will be further expanded across all three tiers of governments. Under this program, an additional 200,000 jobs will be generated; (f) Skill enhancement training programs to be launched at federal and provincial levels so that Nepali workers can fill in employment opportunities created with the departure of foreign migrant workers due to COVID-19 pandemic. It is expected that this initiative will generate an additional 50,000 jobs; (g) An additional 40,000 jobs will be generated through Small Farmers’ Credit Program operated via Small Farmers’ Development Micro Finance Institutions.
|Nepal||09||09 - International Assistance Provided||NPR|
|Nepal||09A||09A - Swaps||NPR|
|Nepal||09B||09B - International loans/grants||NPR|
|Nepal||11||11 - Other Economic Measures||NPR||NRB. https://www.nrb.org.np/contents/uploads/2020/04/Circular10-2076-77_20200401_0001.pdf (accessed 6 July 2020).||
April 1: (i) The security requirement of 10% of L/C value (Document value) for the import of COVID-related medical supplies and equipment has been waived; (ii) Parents/guardians can send USD500 per student to meet their living expenses abroad even without a NO OBJECTION LETTER.
|Sri Lanka||05B||05B - Income support||LKR||38,628,775,000||208,740,236||CBSL. https://www.cbsl.gov.lk/sites/default/files/cbslweb_documents/laws/cdg/mb_circular_no_4_of_2020_e_1.pdf (accessed 26 June 2020); CBSL. https://www.cbsl.gov.lk/en/node/8123 (accessed 10 July 2020); President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. https://www.president.gov.lk/more-concessions-to-public-in-the-face-of-covid-19-outbreak/ (accessed 10 July 2020); Sri Lanka, Department of Government Information. https://www.dgi.gov.lk/news/cabinet-decisions/2065-cabinet-decisions-2020-07-15 (accessed 7 August 2020); Sri Lanka, Inland Revenue Department. http://www.ird.gov.lk/en/Lists/Latest%20News%20%20Notices/Attachments/261/CMN03062020_E.pdf (accessed 28 August 2020); Sri Lanka, Department of Government Information. https://www.dgi.gov.lk/news/cabinet-decisions on 2 September 2020 (accessed 10 September 2020); News.lk. https://www.news.lk/news/political-current-affairs/item/30675-president-removes-tax-imposed-on-gem-and-jewelry-industry (accessed 10 Septebmer 2020); News.lk. https://news.lk/news/political-current-affairs/item/30783-relief-program-to-support-the-tourism-industry-subsequent-to-the-covid-19-outbreak (accessed 2 October 2020).||
No amount/estimate: (i) March 17, Tax exemptions on the importation and supply of masks, disinfectant, machinery and equipment including medical, surgical, and dental instruments, and price ceilings on essential food item such as lentils, eggs and canned fish; (ii) March 24, The 2.4 million beneficiaries of the Samurdhi program will also receive food stamps for essential food items on a weekly basis; March 30: (iii) Two rounds of monthly cash transfers to poor and vulnerable households totaling around 0.25% of GDP was made in April and May; No amount/estimate: (iv) Payment of electricity and water utility bills (both electricity and water utility operators are state-owned entities) that are below LKR15,000 were extended until end April 2020; June 4: (v) No late payment charges will be imposed on income taxes up until 30 June 2020; (vi) June 25, Tax relief measures to SMEs in the form of wavering of income tax arrears on assessments issued up to the year of assessment 2018/19, non-issuance of additional assessments for the year 2019/20, granting grace period to settle taxes in arrears/default, extension on seizure notices, and extension of the dates for the payment of taxes and filing of tax returns; On July 3, Submission of various tax returns/statements was extended until Dec 31; (vii) June 26, Together with the credit gurantee, an interest subsidy scheme will be launched on 1 July 2020. CBSL will provide a 5% interest subsidy to cover the cost of funds of banks; (viii) July 15, Consumers were provided relief for electricity bills during the months of March to May, charging the lower February bill for these months, with a grace period of 2 months to settle the bill; the power supply disconnection normally done for late payments has also been temporarily suspended; (ix) September 2, The Cabinet approved the allocation, from the General Treasury, of essential recurrent expenditures of government media institutions for a period of 4 months from September to December; (x) September 8, The President removed the 14% income tax imposed on profits earned by gem and jewelry manufacturers and the 15% tax on gold imports to support the industry; (xi) No amount/estimate: October 1, In connection with the government's decision to support the tourism industry, tourist resorts registered under the SLTDA were given the chance to pay their accumulated electricity bills from 1 Mar 2020 to 31 Aug 2020 in 12 equal installments from 1 Sep 2020; further, power supply during this period will not be disconnected [update].
|Sri Lanka||09||09 - International Assistance Provided||LKR|
|Sri Lanka||09A||09A - Swaps||LKR|
|Sri Lanka||09B||09B - International loans/grants||LKR|
|Sri Lanka||11||11 - Other Economic Measures||LKR||IMF. https://www.imf.org/en/Topics/imf-and-covid19/Policy-Responses-to-COVID-19 (accessed 1 October 2020); News 1st. https://www.newsfirst.lk/2020/05/22/sri-lanka-lifts-import-bans-except-for-vehicles-in-covid-19-economic-recovery-plan/ (accessed 23 May 2020); CBSL. https://www.cbsl.gov.lk/sites/default/files/cbslweb_documents/press/pr/press_20200513_central_bank_of_sri_lanka_implements_extraordinary_regulatory_measures_to_provide_liquidity_to_banks_amidst_covid_19_outbreak_e.pdf (accessed 26 June 2020).||
(i) April 23, import duties on petrol and diesel were increased to mitigate weak revenue collections, but this was reversed in late June; (ii) May 22, Sri Lanka lifts import bans except for vehicles in COVID-19 economic recovery plan.