Economy Measure Code Measure Currency Code Amount (Local) Amount (USD) Source Details
Solomon Islands 01 01 - Liquidity Support SBD
Solomon Islands 01A 01A - Short-term lending SBD
Solomon Islands 01B 01B - Support policies for short-term lending SBD CBSI. http://www.cbsi.com.sb/press-release-cbsi-eases-cash-reserves-requirement/ (accessed 25 June 2020).

No amount/estimate: 15 June 2020: (i) The Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) has reduced the cash reserve requirements from 7.5% to 5% to ensure additional liquidity support; (ii) The bank has reduced its stock of Bokolo Bills, which are similar to Treasury Bills, but are issued by the central bank, to mop up excess liquidity in the financial system.

Solomon Islands 01C 01C - Forex operations SBD
Solomon Islands 02 02 - Credit creation SBD
Solomon Islands 02A 02A - Financial sector lending/funding SBD
Solomon Islands 02B 02B - Support policies for long-term lending SBD
Solomon Islands 02B1 02B1 - Interest rate adjustments SBD
Solomon Islands 02B2 02B2 - Other policies to support long-term lending SBD CBSI. http://www.cbsi.com.sb/press-release-cbsi-eases-cash-reserves-requirement/ (accessed 25 June 2020); CBSI. http://www.cbsi.com.sb/financial-stability/prudential-supervision-policies/ (accessed 29 June 2020); CBSI. http://www.cbsi.com.sb/9674-2/ (accessed 18 September 2020).

No amount/estimate: (i) April 2020, The central bank has confirmed its commitment to continue maintaining an expansionary monetary policy stance; On 15 September 2020, CBSI has resolved to maintain its expansionary monetary policy for the next six months; (ii) 15 June 2020, The bank also relaxed some commercial banks' Prudential Guidelines (No. 2) on asset classification and provisioning and (No. 8) regarding disclosure of interest rates, fees, and charges.

Solomon Islands 02C 02C - Loan guarantees SBD
Solomon Islands 03 03 - Direct long-term lending SBD
Solomon Islands 03A 03A - Long-term lending SBD International Monetary Fund (IMF). https://www.imf.org/en/Topics/imf-and-covid19/Policy-Responses-to-COVID-19 (accessed 26 November 2020).

No amount/estimate: May 2020, The central bank will be rolling out an export-import facility to assist businesses with opportunities for competitive financing.

Solomon Islands 03B 03B - Forbearance SBD IMF. https://www.imf.org/en/Topics/imf-and-covid19/Policy-Responses-to-COVID-19 (accessed 26 November 2020).

No amount/estimate: May 2020, The government is encouraging commercial banks to grant a 3- to 6-month grace period for all loan repayments.

Solomon Islands 04 04 - Equity support SBD IMF. https://www.imf.org/en/Topics/imf-and-covid19/Policy-Responses-to-COVID-19 (accessed 26 November 2020).

No amount/estimate: May 2020: (i) The government will use a fraction of the COVID-19 Bond on equity investments into Soltuna, Kolombangara Forest Products Limited, and Solomon Airlines; (ii) The stimulus package includes equity injections to government-owned companies.

Solomon Islands 05 05 - Health and income support SBD 309,000,000 37,668,469
Solomon Islands 05A 05A - Health support SBD Solomon Islands Government. https://solomons.gov.sb/solomon-islands-government-economic-stimulus-package-to-address-the-impacts-of-the-covid-19-pandemic/ (accessed 11 June 2020).

6 May 2020, Part of the stimulus package provided by the government includes a USD10 million health grant to support health needs of the provincial health hospitals, clinics, and rural health centers (See package in Measure 5B).

Solomon Islands 05B 05B - Income support SBD 309,000,000 37,668,469
Solomon Islands 05B1 05B1 - Tax and contribution deferrals and policy changes SBD IMF. https://www.imf.org/en/Topics/imf-and-covid19/Policy-Responses-to-COVID-19 (accessed 26 November 2020); Solomon Islands Government. https://solomons.gov.sb/solomon-islands-government-economic-stimulus-package-to-address-the-impacts-of-the-covid-19-pandemic/ (accessed 12 June 2020).

No amount/estimate: 8 April 2020, The stimulus package is expected to include tax relief for specific sectors.

Solomon Islands 05B2 05B2 - Tax and contribution rates reduction SBD
Solomon Islands 05B3 05B3 - Subsidies to individuals and households SBD IMF. https://www.imf.org/en/Topics/imf-and-covid19/Policy-Responses-to-COVID-19 (accessed 26 November 2020); Solomon Islands Government. https://solomons.gov.sb/solomon-islands-government-economic-stimulus-package-to-address-the-impacts-of-the-covid-19-pandemic/ (accessed 12 June 2020).

No amount/estimate: April 2020: (i) The government has scaled down nonessential public services and will support affected public officers with one-off travel allowance; (ii) The government has not laid off any public servants, but instead required them to take leave on half pay; (iii) The National Provident Fund has made funds available to its members that are temporarily laid off or returned home; (iv) 8 April 2020, The stimulus package is expected to include (a) utility relief from Solomon Power and Ports Authority, (b) loan and interest relief from banks and financial institutions, and (c) ongoing payroll support for nonessential public servants; (v) 6 May 2020, The package includes employment support for youth and women; (vi) 15 June 2020, The cabinet revoked the decision on half pay for non-essential public servants that started on March 31. Any salary that was withheld will be repaid when officers are recalled to duty.

Solomon Islands 05B4 05B4 - Subsidies to businesses SBD IMF. https://www.imf.org/en/Topics/imf-and-covid19/Policy-Responses-to-COVID-19 (accessed 26 November 2020); Solomon Islands Government. https://solomons.gov.sb/solomon-islands-government-economic-stimulus-package-to-address-the-impacts-of-the-covid-19-pandemic/ (accessed 12 June 2020); Solomon Islands Government. https://solomons.gov.sb/copra-and-cocoa-subsidy-implemented/ (accessed 20 August 2020).

No amount/estimate: April 2020: (i) Measures will likely include capital grants to businesses to support investment in productive and resource sectors, focusing on investments that add value to agricultural products and the fisheries, forestry and tourism sectors, including through a new COVID-19 finance product to support agricultural ventures; (ii) It will also be used to finance specific investments and products of the Development Bank of Solomon Islands; (iii) 16 June 2020, The government has provided price subsidies for copra and cocoa as part of the stimulus package to encourage local farmers to produce more and benefit from the subsidy scheme.

Solomon Islands 05B5 05B5 - Indirect income support SBD IMF. https://www.imf.org/en/Topics/imf-and-covid19/Policy-Responses-to-COVID-19 (accessed 26 November 2020).

No amount/estimate: 6 May 2020, The package includes advancing planned infrastructure investments.

Solomon Islands 05B6 05B6 - No breakdown (income support) SBD 309,000,000 37,668,469 IMF. https://www.imf.org/en/Topics/imf-and-covid19/Policy-Responses-to-COVID-19 (accessed 26 November 2020); Solomon Islands Government. https://solomons.gov.sb/solomon-islands-government-economic-stimulus-package-to-address-the-impacts-of-the-covid-19-pandemic/ (accessed 12 June 2020).

(i) 6 May 2020, The government has adopted a COVID-19 economic stimulus package (ESP) of SBD309 million, to be financed by both government and donors. The package aims to provide social assistance to vulnerable households and firms, as well as supporting economic recovery; (ii) 26 May 2020, The Prime Minister made a statement that the stimulus package costs SBD319 million.

Solomon Islands 05C 05C - No breakdown (health and income support) SBD
Solomon Islands 06 06 - Budget reallocation SBD IMF. https://www.imf.org/en/Topics/imf-and-covid19/Policy-Responses-to-COVID-19 (accessed 26 November 2020).

25 April 2020, The government has reallocated SBD156 million in previously budgeted spending to fund the COVID-19 preparedness and response plan.

Solomon Islands 07 07 - Central bank financing government SBD 492,188,840 60,000,000
Solomon Islands 07A 07A - Direct lending and reserve drawdown SBD
Solomon Islands 07B 07B - Secondary purchase: government securities SBD 492,188,840 60,000,000 CBSI. http://www.cbsi.com.sb/press-release-cbsi-eases-cash-reserves-requirement/ (accessed 25 June 2020); CBSI. http://www.cbsi.com.sb/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/CBSI-PR-01.2021_18.01.2021_-Role-of-CBSI-in-the-Secondary-Market-for-Govt.-Bonds.pdf (accessed 21 January 2021).

(i) No amount/estimate: May 2020, The central bank is prepared to support the government's stimulus package with planned purchases of government bonds in the secondary market; (ii) 21 December 2020, CBSI purchased its first SIG Covid19 Bond valued at USD60 million from the Solomon Islands National Provident Fund.

Solomon Islands 08 08 - International Assistance Received SBD 659,447,076 80,389,520
Solomon Islands 08A 08A - Swaps SBD
Solomon Islands 08B 08B - International loans/grants SBD 659,447,076 80,389,520
Solomon Islands 08B1 08B1 - Asian Development Bank SBD 290,719,542 35,440,000 ADB. 43rd Updates of Working Groups on COVID-19 dated 30 January 2021.

(i) April 2020, USD1.99 million [update] - TA 9950-REG: Regional Support to Address the Outbreak of COVID-19 and Potential Outbreaks of Other Communicable Diseases; (ii) 15 April 2020, USD0.02 million TASF - REG: Strengthening Social Protection in the Pacific; (iii) 22 April 2020, USD6 million (USD3 million COL; and USD3 million ADF) - REG: Pacific Disaster Resilience Program (Phase 2); (iv) 24 April 2020, USD0.13 million TASF - REG: Developing the Pacific Health Sector (Additional Financing); (v) 5 June 2020, USD0.14 million TASF - REG: Pacific Economic Management, Phase 3 (Additional Financing); (vi) 24 June 2020, USD20 million (USD10 million COL, USD10 million ADF) COVID-19 Rapid Response Program; (vii) No amount/estimate: 24 July 2020, USD0.04 million cofinanced amount under Strengthening Social Protection in the Pacific (Additional financing); (viii) 29 July 2020, USD1.5 million COVID-19 Emergency Response under the Asia Pacific Disaster Response Fund; (ix) 10 August 2020, USD0.25 million TASF - Knowledge and Support Technical Assistance for Strengthening Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Practices and Hygiene Behavioral Change in the Pacific; (x) 12 August 2020, USD0.11 million TASF - Support for Gender Sensitive Responses to COVID-19 in the Pacific Developing Member Countries; (xi) 11 December 2020, USD5 million - Pacific Disaster Resilience Program (Phase 3) under ADF; (xii) 17 December 2020, USD0.3 million TASF - Supporting Recovery by Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in the Pacific from the Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic [update].

Solomon Islands 08B2 08B2 - Other SBD 368,727,534 44,949,520 IMF. https://www.imf.org/en/Topics/imf-and-covid19/COVID-Lending-Tracker (accessed 26 November 2020); IMF. https://www.imf.org/en/News/Articles/2020/06/01/pr20229-solomon-islands-imf-executive-board-approves-disbursement-to-address-the-covid-19-pandemic (accessed 4 June 2020); UNDP. http://mptf.undp.org/factsheet/fund/COV00; ABC News. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-20/australia-financial-support-pacific-governments-cyclone-pandemic/12262328 (accessed 28 May 2020); Solomon Islands Government. https://solomons.gov.sb/japan-supports-unicef-to-protect-children-and-communities-in-solomon-islands-against-covid-19-pandemic/ (accessed 7 August 2020); Solomon Islands Government. https://solomons.gov.sb/five-new-medical-ventilators-officially-handed-to-ministry-of-health/ (accessed 20 August); Solomon Islands Government. https://solomons.gov.sb/eu-provides-solomon-islands-eur-8-million-to-heighten-service-delivery-of-provincial-governments/ (accessed 3 September 2020); Solomon Islands Government. https://solomons.gov.sb/govt-gets-major-funding-boost-towards-covid-19-response/ (accessed 10 September 2020); Solomon Times. https://www.solomontimes.com/news/australia-provides-provinces-with-vehicles-and-funding-to-support-covid19-response/10500 (accessed 15 December 2020); World Bank. https://projects.worldbank.org/en/projects-operations/project-detail/P173933 (accessed 29 January 2021).

(i) 14 April - 13 Oct 2020: IMF Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust-Grant Assistance For Debt Service Relief, SDR59,428 (SDR0.729/USD); (ii) No amount/estimate: 24 April 2020, The government is receiving funds and medical supplies from several countries, including Australia, the People's Republic of China, New Zealand, and the United States, and development partners (including the World Bank) to support its COVID-19 response; (iii) April 2020, USD0.3 million UN COVID-19 Response & Recovery Fund from UNDP; (iv) 20 May 2020, Australia will provide USD100 million financial support to 10 Pacific countries and AUD13 million has been allocated for Solomon; On 11 December 2020, as part of Australia’s AUD13 million (SBD70 million) COVID-19 response package in Solomon Islands, every province has received a cash grant and resources including 4WD vehicles, boats, OBMs, computers and printers; (v) 1 June 2020, IMF Executive Board approves a USD28.5 million disbursement to address the COVID-19 pandemic comprising SDR6.93 million (about USD9.5 million, 33.3% of quota) under the Rapid Credit Facility (RCF) and SDR13.87 million (about USD19 million, 66.7% of quota) under the Rapid Financing Instrument (RFI) to help cover urgent balance of payments needs stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic; (vi) 6 August 2020, UNICEF Solomon Islands welcomes a USD0.347 million funding from the Government of Japan to boost ongoing COVID-19 preparedness efforts; (vii) 20 August 2020, The Government of Australia was pleased to provide SBD1 million (USD0.122 million) to the Ministry of Health and Medical Services for five new medical ventilators as part of its broader support to Solomon Islands’ COVID-19 preparedness and response; (viii) 25 August 2020, The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL) through the Livelihood Sector Committee (LSC), signed two project funding agreements with the UN Food and Agricultural Organization for a total amount of USD0.999 million (approximately SBD8 million); (ix) 31 August 2020, The European Union and the Government of Solomon Islands have signed a new Financing Agreement, which will provide EUR8 million or nearly SBD78 million (USD9.5 million) to improve the efficiency of the response to the COVID-19 crisis, especially in the key sectors of health and education; (x) 2 October 2020, IMF Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust (2nd Tranche) - grant assistance for debt service relief, USD0.10 million; (xi) 4 January 2021, USD5 million World Bank COVID-19 Emergency Response Project [update].

Solomon Islands 09 09 - International Assistance Provided SBD
Solomon Islands 09A 09A - Swaps SBD
Solomon Islands 09B 09B - International loans/grants SBD
Solomon Islands 10 10 - No breakdown SBD
Solomon Islands 11 11 - Other Economic Measures SBD IMF. https://www.imf.org/en/Topics/imf-and-covid19/Policy-Responses-to-COVID-19 (accessed 26 November 2020); Solomon Islands Government. https://solomons.gov.sb/government-issues-first-covid-19-domestic-development-bond/ (accessed 12 June 2020).

(i) 26 April 2020, The government issued its first COVID-19 domestic development bond of SBD120 million to finance its COVID-19 economic stimulus package; (ii) May 2020, To stimulate medium to long-term growth, the COVID-19 Bond will finance essential public services like health and education.

Solomon Islands 12 12 - Non-Economic Measures SBD
Solomon Islands 12A 12A - Measures affecting travel and transport (local and international) SBD IMF. https://www.imf.org/en/Topics/imf-and-covid19/Policy-Responses-to-COVID-19 (accessed 26 November 2020); Solomon Islands Government, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade. http://www.mfaet.gov.sb/media-center/press-releases/foreign-affairs-news/191-repatriation-advisory-notice.html (accessed 28 August 2020); Solomon Islands Government. https://solomons.gov.sb/cabinet-issues-immediate-response-measures-no-instant-lockdown/ (accessed 16 October 2020); Solomon Islands Government. https://solomons.gov.sb/govt-confirms-december-repartriation-flight/ (accessed 26 November 2020).

April 2020: (i) The government has implemented measures to prevent the entry of COVID-19 including suspension of all international flights (except for those carrying essential COVID-19 related cargo), no entry of noncitizens, and strict mandatory quarantine for all returning passengers; (ii) In addition, the government has restricted travel of its citizens to the capital, Honiara; (iii) The Prime Minister has ordered the restriction of small craft vessels to and from the common border between Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea; (iv) 11 May 2020, The national carrier, Solomon Airlines announced the suspension of all international flights until 15 July 2020. On 11 June 2020, it announced the suspension of all international flights until 31 August 2020; On 29 July 2020, it extended the suspension of all international flights until 24 October 2020, but it will continue to operate government approved cargo and charter flights as needed; On 2 October 2020, the suspension of international flights was extended until 10 January 2021; (v) 26 May 2020, after confirming its in-country COVID-19 testing capability, the government repatriated its stranded nationals from Australia, New Zealand, Vanuatu, and Fiji. More repatriation flights from these countries were scheduled on June (19 and 31) 2020 and July (1) 2020; On 13 July 2020, the government announced two more repatriation flights scheduled on 21 and 23 July 2020; On 3 October 2020, all scheduled repatriation flights have been put on hold with the confirmation of the first positive COVID-19 case; 24 November 2020, The next repatriation flight of nationals in New Zealand is scheduled on 6 December 2020; (vi) 5 November 2020, The government has extended the international border closures until 31 January 2021.

Solomon Islands 12B 12B - Measures affecting business and workplace SBD IMF. https://www.imf.org/en/Topics/imf-and-covid19/Policy-Responses-to-COVID-19 (accessed 26 November 2020); Solomon Islands Government. https://solomons.gov.sb/cabinet-issues-immediate-response-measures-no-instant-lockdown/ (accessed 16 October 2020).

April 2020: (i) The government has temporarily closed entertainment places; (ii) 8 May 2020, The Prime Minister made the order to reopen business entities except for night clubs within the emergency zone, Honiara; (iii) 13 October 2020, The Cabinet has approved immediate response measures under the current Emergency Regulations in light of the two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country. Meetings, seminars or conferences may continue; and nightclubs, casinos, public bars, and kava bars will remain open subject to the full observance of COVID-19 safety measures.

Solomon Islands 12C 12C - Others SBD IMF. https://www.imf.org/en/Topics/imf-and-covid19/Policy-Responses-to-COVID-19 (accessed 26 November 2020); Solomon Islands Government, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade. http://www.mfaet.gov.sb/media-center/press-releases/foreign-affairs-news/191-repatriation-advisory-notice.html (accessed 28 August 2020); Solomon Islands Government. https://solomons.gov.sb/cabinet-issues-immediate-response-measures-no-instant-lockdown/ (accessed 16 October 2020); Solomon Islands Government. https://solomons.gov.sb/govt-confirms-december-repartriation-flight/; https://solomons.gov.sb/state-of-public-emergency-further-extend/ (accessed 26 November 2020).

April 2020: (i) The government has scaled down public services to essential services only, closing schools (most resumed on 27 April 2020; exam classes in low-risk areas resumed on 18 May 2020) and temporarily suspended some services; (ii) 8 April 2020, The government announced an extension of the state of emergency for another 4 months ending on 24 July 2020; This was extended for another 4 months until 24-25 November 2020, The state of emergency was extended for another 4 months, which will end on 24 March 2021; (iii) 25 May 2020, All schools had reopened; (iv) 13 October 2020, The Cabinet has approved immediate response measures under the current Emergency Regulations in light of the two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country, with no immediate lockdown until further notice. These include suspension of early childhood classes within the Honiara City up to 16 October 2020, until further notice; approved sporting events, church services may continue; (v) The government is expected to pass a Public Health Emergency Bill in November that will allow it to make a declaration of a public health emergency in Solomon Islands. It is expected to replace the current State of Emergency which expired on 24 November 2020.