|Economy||Measure Code||Measure||Currency Code||Amount (Local)||Amount (USD)||Source||Post Date||Details|
|Belgium||05||05 - Health and income support||EUR||11,063,870,002||12,238,794,250||Belgium Government. https://news.belgium.be/fr/le-gouvernement-federal-se-prononce-en-faveur-dun-vaste-plan-de-soutien-socio-economique (accessed 19 November 2020); IMF. https://www.imf.org/en/Topics/imf-and-covid19/Policy-Responses-to-COVID-19 (accessed 20 May 2020).||
(i) EUR6.4 billion in total measures as part of the fiscal package outlined in the Stability Program to adress the crises. Key fiscal support measures include: boosting health expenditure and increasing support for those in temporary unemployment and self-employed. As of November 6, this measure has been extended in two parts: first, with the extension of subsidies for self-employed persons with businesses that had to close, and second, with temporarily unemployed salaried workers receiving an allowance equal to 70% of their gross monthly salary (capped at EUR2,754.76). In addition, salaried workers receives an allowance from the ONEM (National Employment Office) of EUR5.63 per day of temporary unemployment. This measure will apply until March 31, 2021, with the possibility of extension. Finally, the crisis subsidy has been extended until December 2020 for self-employed workers in all sectors that had to close, providing EUR2,583.40 and EUR3228.20 respectively to persons without and with families [update]; (ii) EUR3.8 billion (increased from EUR1.7 billion) regional governments' support to affected firms and sectors, and transfers to affected households.
|Belgium||05A||05A - Health support||EUR||1,413,070,000||1,563,130,531||Belgium Government. https://news.belgium.be/fr/le-gouvernement-federal-se-prononce-en-faveur-dun-vaste-plan-de-soutien-socio-economique (accessed 11 November 2020); European Commission. https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/files/2020-european-semester-stability-programme-belgium_fr.pdf (accessed 24 May 2020).||
(i) Of the total packages, around EUR1.2 billion are dedicated to health initiatives, with EUR1 billion for federal intiatives and EUR0.2 billion for regional; (ii) November 6, Retained the right to reimbursement of health care costs until December 31, 2021, while offering payment plans for self-employed workers who have obtained a deferral of payment of social contributions; (iii) November 6, EUR200 million is planned for hospital staff (salaried and self-employed workers), aimed at providing support measures. Further, additional budget of EUR13.07 million for consumer vouchers in the healthcare sector and extension of the validity of consumer vouchers until the end of 2021.
|Belgium||05B||05B - Income support||EUR||9,650,800,002||10,675,663,719||European Commission. https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/mex_20_1771 (accessed 2 October 2020). https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_20_1507 (accessed 27 August 2020). https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/files/2020-european-semester-stability-programme-belgium_fr.pdf (accessed 24 May 2020). Belgium Government. https://news.belgium.be/fr/le-gouvernement-federal-se-prononce-en-faveur-dun-vaste-plan-de-soutien-socio-economique (accessed 11 November 2020), https://news.belgium.be/fr/prise-en-compte-du-conge-parental-corona-dans-la-pension-des-membres-du-personnel-de-la-fonction (accessed 12 August 2020), https://news.belgium.be/fr/covid-19-indemnite-de-crise-supplementaire-pour-certains-independants-et-conjoints-aidants-reconnus (accessed 25 July 2020), https://news.belgium.be/fr/financement-de-skeyes-suite-la-pandemie-due-au-covid-19 (accessed 18 July 2020). Federale Overheidsdienst Financien. https://financien.belgium.be/nl/Actueel/update-covid-19-verlenging-van-de-termijn-van-vrijstelling-van-rechten-en-btw-bij-invoer-op (accessed 30 July 2020). https://financien.belgium.be/nl/Actueel/vrijgestelde-reserve-ter-versterking-van-de-solvabiliteit-en-het-eigen-vermogen-ten-gevolge (accessed 2 July 2020). Service Public Federal Finances. https://finances.belgium.be/fr/douanes_accises/entreprises/corona-informations-et-mesures/mesures-de-soutien-relatives-aux-d%c3%a9lais (accessed 26 June 2020), https://finances.belgium.be/fr/Actualites/diminution-temporaire-taux-tva-secteur-horeca (accessed 14 June 2020). EU Reporter. https://www.eureporter.co/frontpage/2020/10/12/commission-approves-e15-8-million-belgian-scheme-to-support-hotels-and-aparthotels-in-brussels-in-context-of-coronavirus-outbreak/ (accessed 15 October 2020); IMF. https://www.imf.org/en/Topics/imf-and-covid19/Policy-Responses-to-COVID-19 (accessed 11 November 2020); Care and Health Department, Flanders Government. https://www.zorg-en-gezondheid.be/sociaal-akkoord-zorg-en-welzijnssector-met-maatregelen-vanaf-1-januari-2021 (accessed 27 November 2020).||
(i) On the other hand, non-health initiatives total EUR9 billion, with EUR5.3 billion for federal and EUR3.7 billion for regional; (ii) April 3, exemptions from VAT and import duties for goods needed to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 were granted. As of July 23, this measure has been extended until October 31, 2020; (iii) In addition, reduced the VAT rate applicable to some restaurant and catering services to 6% until the end of 2020 while also exempting social contributions for Q32020 for these sectors. As of November 6, this measure has been extended to allow more sectors to avail of the exemption from scoial contributions; (iv) June 9, Support measures relating to payment periods have been approved, and extension of the payment periods for VAT and Excessive Duties extend to December 31; (v) June 26, Temporary exemption from corporate tax based on losses incurred during the next tax period; (vi) July 10, EUR45 million in grants to skeyes (Belgian air navigation service) to ensure the operational and financial sustainability of the public enterprise in 2020; (vii) July 10, An advanced payment of EUR15 million was made to skeyes (Belgian air navigation service) for terminal fees for the latter half of the year; (viii) No amount/estimate: July 17, Additional crisis allowance for certain self-employed persons and assisting spouses recognized as incapacitated for work due to the containment measures; (ix) July 24, Considered coronavirus parental leaves in computing for the pension of the civil service; (x) September 29, The European Commission has approved Belgium's plan to grant EUR2.2 million in support to the airports of Ostend, Antwerp and Kortrijk. The funding from the Government will be used as direct grants and cost/fee deferrals; (xi) October 12, The European Commission has approved another EUR15.8 million Belgian scheme to support hotels and aparthotels in Brussels in context of coronavirus outbreak in the form of direct grants; (xii) November 6, Additional support to households and firms affected by the re-imposition of restrictions, mostly in the form of a temporary extension or expansion of previous measures. Authorities have also extended the premiums, reimbursements, bonuses and subsidies for those who are unemployed and/or considered "most vulnerable"; (xiii) November 6, Extension of tax exemption of subsidies granted by towns, municipalities and federal entities; (xiv) November 6, Flexible access to unemployment for artists. Artists who can provide proof of at least 10 artistic performances or 20 working days during the period from March 13, 2019 to March 13, 2020, are granted access to unemployment for artists; (xv) November 24, The Government has approved an additional EUR575 million for care and nursing homes hit by the pandemic [update].
|Belgium||06||06 - Budget reallocation||EUR|
|Belgium||07||07 - Central bank financing government||EUR|
|Belgium||07A||07A - Direct lending & reserve drawdown||EUR|
|Belgium||07B||07B - Secondary purchase: government securities||EUR|
|Belgium||08||08 - International Assistance Received||EUR|
|Belgium||08A||08A - Swaps||EUR|
|Belgium||08B||08B - International loans/grants||EUR|
|Belgium||08B1||08B1 - Asian Development Bank||EUR|
|Belgium||08B2||08B2 - Other||EUR||European Commission. https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_20_1496 (accessed 7 September 2020). https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2020/09/25/covid-19-council-approves-87-4-billion-in-financial-support-for-member-states-under-sure/ (accessed 3 October 2020).||
(i) August 24, The European Commission proposed a EUR7.8 billion loan to be granted on favourable terms from the EU to Belgium via the SURE Program. This is pending final approval by the Council; (ii) As of September 25, Final approval has been granted by the council.
|Belgium||09||09 - International Assistance Provided||EUR|
|Belgium||09A||09A - Swaps||EUR|
|Belgium||09B||09B - International loans/grants||EUR|
|Belgium||10||10 - No breakdown||EUR|
|Belgium||11||11 - Other Economic Measures||EUR||Federale Overheidsdienst Financiën. https://financien.belgium.be/nl/Actueel/akkoord-onderling-overleg-tussen-de-autoriteiten-van-duitsland-en-belgi%C3%AB-ter-verlenging-van (accessed 02 June 2020). Financial Services and Market Authority. https://www.fsma.be/nl/news/de-fsma-kondigt-de-opschorting-van-het-verbod-op-het-innemen-verhogen-van-nettoshortposities (accessed 21 May 2020). IMF. https://www.imf.org/en/Topics/imf-and-covid19/Policy-Responses-to-COVID-19 (accessed 15 April 2020); OECD. https://www.oecd.org/coronavirus/en/ (accessed 9 May 2020); Yale. https://som.yale.edu/faculty-research-centers/centers-initiatives/program-on-financial-stability/covid-19-crisis (accessed 30 April 2020).||
(i) March 30, Belgian Debt Agency issued a new syndicated EURO benchmark bond maturing October 22nd, 2027 (OLO 91) in the near future and increased the number of OLO auctions by also organizing auctions on the penultimate Monday of May, August and October; (ii) March 30, Belgian Debt Agency stops buying back OLOs maturing in 2022; (iii) April 8, The Federal Debt Agency announces that it has accepted the offers for the auction of Treasury certificates of today for a total amount of EUR 2.280 billion; (iv) Ban on short-selling stocks until May 17; (v) May 12, the Financial Services and Markets Authority agreed to not take action against companies that will not be able to comply with mandatory data provision on code of conduct risk models by June 30, 2020; (vi) May 18: Suspended the ban on short selling; (vii) June 2: Extended the agreement on taxation of cross-border workers with Germany and Netherlands until June 30, 2020.
|Belgium||12||12 - Non-Economic Measures||EUR||IMF. https://www.imf.org/en/Topics/imf-and-covid19/Policy-Responses-to-COVID-19 (accessed 11 November 2020).||
(i) The minority government-which has been granted enhanced executive powers-has implemented a range of measures to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, including school and retail shop closures, a ban on all gatherings, limiting movement to essential needs, ban of non-essential travel abroad; (ii) The government has announced a phased conditional on health outcomes. On this basis, manufacturing and business services sectors were reopened on May 4, to be followed by shops (May 11 and May 18). Schools will also start to gradually reopen from May 18. The reopening of other sectors and overseas travel will be assessed by June 8, while sporting events remain banned until July 31; (iii) June 11, Hospitality, cultural, and non-contact sports activities (without audience) as well as religious services were allowed to resume as of June 8. Domestic travel restrictions have been lifted; (iv) June 18, travel restrictions within the Schengen area have also been lifted; (v) July 23, Due to the recent rise in the number of new cases, the government decided to put the 5th phase of reopening on hold, imposed new preventive measures and further decentralized decision making regarding mask wearing to local authorities; (vi) August 20, the government decided to ease some restrictions, while keeping social distancing rules in place until at least end-September. For instance, shopping and events are now permitted; (vii) Schools, except universities, have fully reopened in September, with in-person classes; (viii) Containment measures have been ramped up significantly since early October amidst a sharp resurgence of cases and hospitalizations culminating in a new lockdown from November 2.
|Bhutan||01||01 - Liquidity Support||BTN/INR|
|Bhutan||01A||01A - Short-term lending||BTN/INR|
|Bhutan||01B||01B - Support policies for short-term lending||BTN/INR||International Monetary Fund (IMF). https://www.imf.org/en/Topics/imf-and-covid19/Policy-Responses-to-COVID-19 (accessed 24 July 2020).||
No amount/estimate: April, Provision of working capital at 5% interest for wholesale distributors authorized by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MoEA) for a period of 3 months, extendable by 3 months to enable them to procure adequate stocks and ensure uninterrupted supply of essential items at reasonable price.
|Bhutan||01C||01C - Forex operations||BTN/INR|
|Bhutan||02||02 - Credit creation||BTN/INR|
|Bhutan||02A||02A - Financial sector lending/funding||BTN/INR|
|Bhutan||02B||02B - Support policies for long-term lending||BTN/INR|
|Bhutan||02C||02C - Loan guarantees||BTN/INR|
|Bhutan||03||03 - Direct long-term lending||BTN/INR|
|Bhutan||03A||03A - Long-term lending||BTN/INR||IMF. https://www.imf.org/en/Topics/imf-and-covid19/Policy-Responses-to-COVID-19 (accessed 2 July 2020); PMO. https://bit.ly/3ggtGo2 (accessed 24 July 2020).||
No amount/estimate: April, Loans to cottage and small industries through the National Cottage and Small Industries (CSI) Development Bank (microloans at 2% concessional interest for agriculture and rural activities and working capital loans at 4% concessional interest rate for 3 months). On June 26, the government announced that the CSI loan will be extended for another 12 months.
|Bhutan||03B||03B - Forbearance||BTN/INR||Official Statement from the Office of the Prime Minister of Bhutan. https://bit.ly/2yrZXYx (accessed 29 April 2020); Royal Monetary Authority of Bhutan. https://www.rma.org.bt/pressrelease/Press%20Release%20on%20Interest%20Waiver%20on%20NPLs.pdf (accessed 12 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/3ggtGo2 (accessed 1 July 2020).||
No amount/estimate: April, Deferment of loans for 3 months (April–June) (i) for all borrowers who had maintained their loan accounts in good standing, i.e., loans that were not non-performing loans (NPL) as of February 29; (ii) May, The RMA announced that the interest waiver facility would also be extended to non-performing loan accounts. The government will finance 50% of the total interest payment and the financial institutions offered to support the other 50%. On June 26, the government announced to further extend interest waiver for another nine months for loans availed as of April 10, 2020 (see Measure 5B) ; (iii) June 26, the government announced a new monetary measure, i.e., deferment of loans for one year without penal interest. For borrowers willing and able to service their loans during this period, financial institutions offered to reduce the interest rate by one percentage point as an added incentive.
|Bhutan||04||04 - Equity support||BTN/INR|
|Bhutan||05||05 - Health and income support||BTN/INR||32,000,000,000||430,592,553|
|Bhutan||05A||05A - Health support||BTN/INR||2,000,000,000||26,912,035||IMF. https://www.imf.org/en/Topics/imf-and-covid19/Policy-Responses-to-COVID-19 (accessed 24 July 2020); Ministry of Health. https://www.gov.bt/covid19/?p=1658 (accessed 22 July 2020).||
(i) April, An additional resource of BTN2 billion will be provided to the Ministry of Health to meet health-related spending; (ii) No amount/estimate: July 20, The government announced the exemption of COVID19 testing fees for the following categories of travellers: (a) undergraduate students and (b) referred patients and patient attendants approved by the referral committee.
|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||06||06 - Budget reallocation||BTN/INR||1,300,000,000||17,492,822||IMF. https://www.imf.org/en/Topics/imf-and-covid19/Policy-Responses-to-COVID-19 (accessed 24 July 2020).||
April, A budget of BTN1.3 billion has been re-appropriated for health, essential food and fuel, quarantine and related initiatives.
|Bhutan||07||07 - Central bank financing government||BTN/INR|
|Bhutan||07A||07A - Direct lending & reserve drawdown||BTN/INR|
|Bhutan||07B||07B - Secondary purchase: government securities||BTN/INR|
|Bhutan||08||08 - International Assistance Received||BTN/INR||3,602,477,540||48,475,000|
|Bhutan||08A||08A - Swaps||BTN/INR|
|Bhutan||08B||08B - International loans/grants||BTN/INR||3,602,477,540||48,475,000|
|Bhutan||08B1||08B1 - Asian Development Bank||BTN/INR||1,758,321,167||23,660,000||ADB||
(i) April, Country Support under TA 9950-REG: Regional Support to Address the Outbreak of COVID-19 and Potential Outbreaks of Other Communicable Diseases (USD1.17 million); (ii) April 7, Regional Project Development Support for the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Operational Plan, 2016–2025 (USD0.05 million); (iii) May 4, COVID-19 Active Response and Expenditure Support Program (USD20 million); (iv) May 20, Support to address Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 and Strengthen Health Systems Preparedness for Communicable Diseases in South Asia (USD0.10 million); (v) July 16, COVID-19 Emergency Response (USD2 million); (vi) July 24, Due Diligence and Capacity Development of Trade Finance Program Banks (Subproject 3) (USD0.21 million); (vii) September 4, Enhancing Gender Quality Results of South Asia COVID-19 Response (USD0.13 million).
|Bhutan||08B2||08B2 - Other||BTN/INR||1,844,156,372||24,815,000||World Food Programme. https://www.wfp.org/news/wfp-extends-food-security-assistance-royal-government-bhutan-covid-19-response (accessed 13 April 2020); World Bank. https://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2020/04/16/world-bank-fast-tracks-5-million-for-bhutans-covid-19-coronavirus-response (accessed 6 May 2020); World Bank. https://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2020/05/20/148-million-from-world-bank-to-help-bhutan-manage-climate-and-disasters-risks (accessed 21 May 2020); USAID. https://www.usaid.gov/news-information/coronavirus/fact-sheets/may-29-2020-update-united-states-continues-lead-global-response-covid-19 (accessed 5 June 2020); UNDP. http://mptf.undp.org/factsheet/fund/COV00 (accessed 5 June 2020); Ministry of Foreign Affairs. https://www.mfa.gov.bt/?p=8043 (accessed 17 June 2020); MFA. https://www.mfa.gov.bt/?p=8066 (accessed 24 June 2020).||
(i) World Food Program donated two mobile storage units to help authorities preposition food to meet the needs of half the population for three months. The storage units has a capacity of 500 metric ton each and worth a total of USD45,000 (grant); (ii) April 27, the government and the World Bank signed a fast-track USD5 million COVID-19 project to help Bhutan prevent, detect, and respond to the pandemic and strengthen its public health preparedness (loan); (iii) May 20, The Government of Bhutan and the World Bank signed a USD14.8 million Development Policy Financing with Catastrophe Deferred Drawdown Option (Cat DDO) to help Bhutan undertake a comprehensive set of reforms to manage climate and disasters risks, including disease outbreaks (loan); (iv) May, USAID provided USD1 million in total assistance for COVID-19 response, of which (a) USD500,000 in ESF to support micro, small and medium-sized enterprises to generate income for those affected by COVID-19; (b) USD500,000 in health assistance to strengthen diagnostic laboratory capabilities and clinical case-management, provide virtual training for health care providers and lab personnel, and design and produce risk-communications materials (grant); (v) May 28, United Nations (UN) COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund, a UN inter-agency fund mechanism established by the UN Secretary-General to help support low and middle income program countries to respond to the pandemic and its impacts including an unprecedented socioeconomic shock, has allocated USD300,000 to Bhutan (grant); (vi) June 15, UN in Bhutan committed USD1.17 million to support the Government of Bhutan in addressing issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. A part of the commitment comes from the Secretary General’s UN COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund, with the aim to support responses to COVID-19 (see item v) and part of it is from the Joint Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Fund, which will cover activities that will accelerate progress toward achieving the SDGs ; (vii) June 23, The Government of Japan will provide a grant of JPY300 million (around USD2.8 million) to procure medical equipment to strengthen public health and medical systems in Bhutan.