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Global coronavirus resources

Practical guidance and updates on COVID-19 for our members in Europe and around the world. This page collects together externally-produced resources on government assistance, economic measures and regulatory changes during the coronavirus pandemic.

Key resources

IFAC: COVID-19 Resources from IFAC's Network

Collection of resources from IFAC professional accountancy organisations on audit, financial reporting, business continuity and crisis management, and professional and personal wellness during the coronavirus pandemic.

IMF: Policy responses to COVID-19

Policy tracker produced by the IMF summarising the key economic responses that governments around the world are taking to limit the human and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

OECD: Tackling coronavirus (COVID-19)

The OECD is sharing a range of resources on the impacts, consequences and potential solutions to the pandemic on global economies and societies. It includes a country policy tracker providing information on the measures taken by individual countries worldwide.

Government Response – Global landscape

Government Stimulus tracker created by KPMG providing an overview of government measures and economic aid packages around the world in response to COVID-19. Summaries are given for each country or jurisdiction with general information, tax measures, economic stimulus measures, employment-related measures, customs measures, and other aid.

Global Guide: Measures adopted to support distressed businesses through the COVID-19 crisis

Guide to the government assistance packages from 38 countries by INSOL International, the international association of restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy professionals. The individual country guides present a clearly presented overview of the policy responses, legislative reforms, financial sector measures implemented by regulators and measures introduced to deal with increased insolvency cases.

Banking Package to facilitate bank lending- Supporting households and businesses in the EU

Interpretative Communication from the European Commission which clarifies the flexibility available in IFRS 9 and explains how that can maintain the flow of liquidity to EU households and businesses. The Commission has also proposed an extension of the current transitional arrangements in the EU banking rules (the Capital Requirements Regulation) by two years, in line with the international agreement of the Basel Committee.

ESMA promotes coordinated action regarding benchmarks external audit requirements

Public statement from the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) commenting on the timeliness of fulfilling the external audit requirements for interest rate benchmark administrators and contributors. ESMA expects National Competent Authorities (NCAs) not to prioritise supervisory actions against administrators and supervised contributors relating to the timeliness of fulfilling those audit requirements where the audits are carried out by 30 September 2020.

Australasia

Australia: Australian British Chamber of Commerce COVID-19

Government information collected by the Australian British Chamber of Commerce, including ATO guidance on superannuation options and cash flow assistance for businesses. It also provides links to support for businesses by each state.

Australia and New Zealand: CA ANZ COVID-19 Resources hub

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand hub with information on government assistance and stimulus packages, business support, guidance for practices, and other advice for members.

Greater China and South East Asia

Hong Kong: British Chamber of Commerce updates

Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates collected by the British Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong highlighting government support for businesses, other advice and travel updates, and links to portals from member firms.

Singapore: Singapore Exchange Regulation announcements

Regulatory announcements from SGX with guidance on conducting general meetings, extensions granted for holding AGMs, and other measures to support issuers during the challenging COVID-19 business climate.

Singapore: Advisory on COVID-19 for businesses

Official information summarised by Enterprise Singapore on the Circuit Breaker period, business support measures, essential services exempted from suspension, and a detailed guide to business continuity planning for COVID-19 (available in Chinese and English).

North America

Coronavirus resource center

Covid-19 news and resources from AICPA on tax filings, CARES Act, Association activities and more .

South Asia

Pakistan: Measures by State Bank of Pakistan

Regularly updated page listing measures taken by the State Bank to address the economic impact of COVID-19, including relief packages for households and businesses and refinance schemes to support employment and prevent layoffs.

India: Business Immunity Platform

Comprehensive resource to help businesses and investors get real-time updates on India's active response to COVID-19. It includes advisories by each state as well as information on central government initiatives and measures to aid businesses.

* Some of the content on this web page was provided by the Chartered Accountants’ Trust for Education and Research, a registered charity, which owns the library and operates it for ICAEW.