G20 Finance Leaders take proper actions responding to Virus

Journalists sit in the media center during the meeting of G20 finance ministers and central bank governors in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, February 22, 2020

G20 finance ministers and central bank governors on Friday pledged to take “appropriate” fiscal and monetary measures. This is in responding to the coronavirus outbreak.

In a joint statement issued by G20 chair Saudi Arabia; the ministers, who met in Riyadh last month, said they welcomed measures already put forward by countries to support economic activity.

“We are ready to take further actions; including fiscal and monetary measures, as appropriate. This is to aid in the response to the virus, support the economy during this phase and maintain the resilience of the financial system,” the group said.

In their Feb. 22-23 Riyadh meeting, the G20 ministers called for monitoring of the virus, known as COVID-19, and said they were ready to address its risks.

The ministers also said Friday they would work with the international community. This is to help developing countries cope with the outbreak’s impact.

“We underscore the need for cooperation to mitigate risks to the global economy from unexpected shocks,” the ministers said. He also added that they would share information and work with international agencies to devise COVID-19 policy options; including the IMF, the World Bank, the OECD, the FSB, and the WHO.