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27.05.2020 Africa

G20 Fiscal Packages To Fight The Coronavirus Crisis Exceeds $4,68 Trillion

G20 Fiscal Packages To Fight The Coronavirus Crisis Exceeds $4,68 Trillion
LISTEN MAY 27, 2020

Data gathered by indicates that the cumulative fiscal package to the Coronavirus pandemic by G20 member countries is $ 4.68 trillion. The fiscal package is not final because the COVID-19 pandemic is yet to be contained fully.

Japan has the highest fiscal package
Japan has the highest fiscal response to the pandemic at $996.45 billion which is 19.5% of the country's $5.110 trillion GDP. The United States package stands at $562.1 billion, representing 11% of the $21.2 trillion GDP. Australia with a GDP of $1.45 trillion has a fiscal response of $495.67 billion. Canada's fiscal response is $429.24 billion, representing 8.4% of the country's $2.8 trillion GDP. Brazil is fifth with a fiscal response package of $332.15 billion or 6.5% of the country's GDP of $2.02 trillion.

Other G20 countries with notable responses to the current pandemic include Poland ($316.82 billion), Germany ($250.39 billion), France ($204.4 billion), China ($194.18 billion), and Saudi Arabia ($163.52 billion) and the United Kingdom ($153.3 billion). South Africa has the least fiscal response of $5.11 billion which is only 0.1% of the $350 billion GDP.

The move made by G20 countries is key in having an overall roadmap. According to the research report:

“The rest of the world has been watching responses made by the G20 countries for guidance. With the Coronavirus pandemic, most economies have stalled since it is dangerous for people to cooperate in the same physical space as before. In this case, the world needs a new policy mechanism and G20 is among the bodies expected to come up with one.'s research also overviewed the size of fiscal packages announced by G20 countries in response to the financial and COVID-19 crisis in 2009 and 2020. Japan's fiscal response to the financial crisis was 2.2% of the GDP compared to the Coronavirus crisis which is 19.5% of the GDP. The United States' fiscal package to the financial crisis and COVID-19 was 11% and 5.9% of the GDP respectively. Australia's response to the current pandemic is 9.7% of the GDP while for the financial crisis the rate stood at 1.8%.

Elsewhere, Canada's response to the pandemic represented 8.4% of the GDP while in 2009, such a fiscal response was 2.8% of the GDP. For Brazil, the fiscal package released to mitigate the financial crisis in 2009 represented 0.5% of the GDP compared while theCovid -19 management package represents 6.5% of the GDP.

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