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World Bank’s Operational Response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in East Asia and the Pacific

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The World Bank is moving quickly to help the countries in the East Asia Pacific region save lives and preserve livelihoods in the wake of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Emergency operations have already been approved under the COVID-19 fast-track facility for Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, and the Philippines. 

These operations provide emergency financing for the purchase of medical and laboratory supplies, training of medical staff, and strengthening national public health systems. Each country-level operation is tailored to the specific context and epidemic status of the country.

The World Bank is also working with countries to redeploy existing projects to fight the COVID-19 pandemic by reallocating funds, triggering emergency components of existing projects, and activating Catastrophe Deferred Drawdown Options (CAT DDOs). So far this has been done in Cambodia, Mongolia, the Philippines, Samoa, and Vanuatu.   

In a second phase of the COVID-19 response, to help countries address the anticipated severe economic, social and poverty impacts, the Bank is working with countries to strengthen social protection measures for the poor and vulnerable, support businesses and safeguard jobs, and advance the reforms needed to shorten the time to recovery and build conditions for broad-based and sustainable growth.

CountryProject details
CambodiaWorld Bank Approves $20 Million for Cambodia’s COVID-19 Response
FijiCOVID-19: World Bank Boost for Fiji’s Health Sector
IndonesiaThe World Bank Approves Financing to Support Indonesia’s Social Assistance System and COVID-19 Response
IndonesiaThe World Bank Approves Financing for Indonesia’s COVID-19 Emergency Response
KiribatiCOVID-19 Prevention Drives Boost for Public Health in Kiribati
Lao PDRLao PDR: Emergency Financing for COVID-19 Response Project
Marshall IslandsWorld Bank Support for Marshall Islands’ COVID-19 Response
MongoliaThe World Bank Approves $26.9 Million for Mongolia’s COVID-19 Emergency Response
MongoliaWorld Bank Mobilizes $2.2 Million to Strengthen Medical Diagnostic Services in Response to COVID-19
MongoliaMongolia: $20 Million Credit to Support Employment Opportunities, Workers, and Employers in the Wake of COVID-19
MyanmarMyanmar: $50 Million in Fast-Track Financing for National COVID-19 Emergency Response
Papua New GuineaWorld Bank Commits to Papua New Guinea’s Fight Against COVID-19
PhilippinesPhilippines: New Support to Strengthen National Disaster Risk Management Capacity and Respond to COVID-19
PhilippinesPhilippines: World Bank Approves US$100M to Support COVID-19 Emergency Response
PhilippinesPhilippines: World Bank Approves US$500 Million to Help Mitigate Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic
SamoaWorld Bank Provides US$5.1m for Samoa COVID-19 Response
Solomon IslandsNew $15 million Operation to Build Sustainable Growth in Solomon Islands
TongaTonga: US$8.4 Million to Strengthen Resilience and Fight COVID-19
VanuatuUS$10m Emergency World Bank Funding for Vanuatu

Last Updated: Jun 26, 2020