Official statements, analysis and resources (by IFIs, multilateral forums, governments or officials)

DateTitle (linked)Institution / AuthorComments / Related issues
15 April 2020
Communiqué – G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting 15 April 2020G20
14 April 2020G24 CommuniqueG24“we call on the IMF to accelerate discussions on a short-term liquidity line instrument to support EMDCs’ efforts to deal with massive capital outflows. We support IMF’s efforts to rapidly deploy resources and continue discussions on a new SDR allocation, as was done in the previous financial crisis. We continue to underscore the importance of an adequately resourced, quota-based IMF at the center of the Global Financial Safety Net.”
2 April 2020World Bank Group Launches First Operations for COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Emergency Health Support, Strengthening Developing Country ResponsesWorld BankWorld Bank Group’s Operational Response to COVID-19 (coronavirus) – Projects List “The first group of projects, amounting to $1.9 billion, will assist 25 countries, and new operations are moving forward in over 40 countries using the fast-track process.”
2 April 2020Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust : Policy Proposals and Funding StrategyIMF
1 April 2020Transcript of Background Briefing Conference Call on IMF Resources and the Fund’s Strategy to Help Countries Combat COVID-19IMF
30 March 2020UN calls for $2.5 trillion coronavirus crisis package for developing countriesUNCTADThe package includes $1 trillion should be made available through the expanded use of special drawing rights$1 trillion of debts owed by developing countries should be cancelled this year$500 billion needed to fund a Marshall Plan for health recovery and dispersed as grants Based on the report: The Covid-19 Shock to Developing Countries: Towards a “whatever it takes” programme for the two-thirds of the world’s population being left behind
26 March 2020Extraordinary G20 Leaders’ Summit Statement on COVID-19G20 We will continue to address risks of debt vulnerabilities in low-income countries due to the pandemic
25 March 2020Joint Statement from the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund Regarding A Call to Action on the Debt of IDA CountriesIMF and World Bank GroupCall on all official bilateral creditors to suspend debt payments from IDA countries that request forbearance
24 March 2020Letter from the Secretary-General to G-20 MembersUN Secretary GeneralDebt restructuring must also become a priority — including immediate waivers on interest payments for 2020. Financial support to the IMF CCRT is another critical venue to help the poorest countries with immediate debt relief
23 March 2020Remarks by World Bank Group President David Malpass on G20 Finance Ministers Conference Call on COVID-19David Malpass, WBG president– urge all official bilateral creditors to act with immediate effect to help IDA countries through debt relief  – Countries will need to implement structural reforms
23 March 2020African Finance Ministers call for coordinated COVID-19 response to mitigate adverse impact on economies and societyUNECAAfrican finance ministers request: –  immediate emergency economic stimulus to the tune of US$100 billion. – waiver of all interest payments to public creditors and sovereign bonds, estimated at US$44 billion for 2020, & possible extension to medium term, – Interest and principal waiver for fragile states. 
23 March 2020This Crisis Will Change the World – for Better, or Worse  UNCTAD/Richard Kozul-Wright/Nelson Barbosa  A return to progressive tax structures, strategic industrial policies, the revival of public banks and a willingness to take on vested interests, including large pharmaceutical companies, will be required if economic recovery is to pave the way to a healthier, more inclusive and sustainable future.  
20 March 2020“An immediate human rights response to counter the COVID-19 and the global recession ahead is an urgent priority”Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky, UN Independent Expert on the effects of foreign debt and human rightsFocusing also on household debt

Civil society statements, analysis and resources

DateTitle (linked)Institution / AuthorComments / Related issues
24 April 2020Socio-Economic Impact of Covid19 on the East African CommunitySeatiniSEATINI – Uganda and members of the East African Trade Network (EATN) developed a discussion paper on the Socio-Economic Impact of COVID-19 on the East African Community
23 April 2020COVID-19: A Triple Whammy for Emerging Market and Developing EconomiesMadhyamAs the COVID-19 pandemic advances globally, Africa and South Asia are witnessing a surge in the number of new cases lately, and these regions could soon become its next epicenters in the coming weeks. The emerging market and developing economies (EMDEs) are facing a triple whammy ― massive capital outflows, a sudden stop in economic activity, and collapse in commodity prices ― on top of a public health crisis caused by COVID-19.
13 April 2020FT Letter: Regulation will have a role in managing the falloutMadhyam/Kavaljit SinghFor instance, the imposition of price-based capital control in the form of an exit tax could discourage foreign portfolio investors from pulling out money from equity and debt markets immediately. The emerging market economies could impose an exit tax initially for one year, and the tax rate could vary depending on the type and holding period of the investment.

In addition to a ban on short selling, financial regulators in both advanced economies and emerging markets should review high frequency and algorithmic trading that often exacerbates the sell-off in turbulent periods.
27 March 2020G20 Leaders’ Commitments Fall Far Short of Expectations  Madhyam/Kavaljit Singh  After their two-hour video conference, G20 leaders released a Statement on COVID-19 that fell far short of expectations. The three-page statement is long on aspirations and intentions but short on concrete plans  
26 March 2020Coronavirus: the need for a progressive internationalist response  TNI  Calls for debt cancellation besides other proposals, both at a local/national and a global level  
25 March 2020Developing and Emerging Countries Need Capital Controls To Prevent Financial Catastrophe  Academics  Capital controls should be introduced to curtail the surge in outflows, to reduce illiquidity driven by sell-offs in DECs’ markets, and to arrest declines in currency and asset prices. Implementation should be coordinated by the IMF to avoid stigma and prevent contagion. FX swap lines should be extended to include more DECs, in order to ensure access to US dollars.  
25 March 2020Coronavirus: A Seven-Point Action Plan for G20  Madhyam/Kavaljit Singh  The briefing paper outlines seven key issues for action that G20 could collectively undertake to address the public health crisis and the corresponding economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.  

Articles and other resources

DateTitle (linked)Institution / AuthorComments / Related issues
25 March 2020Three ways Canada’s coronavirus funds can address both economic and climate emergencies  Queen’s University/ Kyla Tienhaara  A smart response to the COVID-19 emergency could go a long way to addressing the larger ecological crisis looming on the horizon