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    BOT Announces Additional Measures in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

    June 19, 2020

    BOT published accounting guidelines on the temporary relief measures for businesses that provide assistance to debtors affected by COVID-19 crisis. The key areas in which temporary relief measures have been provided include measurement of anticipated credit losses, disclosures, classification of debtors, and other accounting guidelines. BOT also announced a waiver of compliance with certain operational and supervisory regulations of BOT during the COVID-19 situation. These include rules for classification and provisioning of special financial institutions, preparation of financial statements of specialized financial institutions, and regulations to supervise information technology risks of financial institution. Additionally, BOT has issued recommendations for commercial banks to strengthen funds to address the impact of COVID-19.

    BOT has issued the following recommendations for commercial banks to:

    • Prepare a fund management plan for the next 1 to 3 years for submission to the commercial bank board for consideration
    • Omit the payment of interim dividends from the operating results in 2020 because the future performance still faces high uncertainty
    • Not to repurchase shares or debt instruments that are included as tier 1 capital or tier 2 capital before maturity

    With respect to granting loans, BOT published guidelines on the exemption of registration fees arising from granting loans to enterprises in accordance with the Emergency Decree that provides financial assistance to enterprises affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. It announced measures to assist retail customers (phase 2) amid pandemic, provided guidelines on providing financial assistance measures to enterprises affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and issued notification on delaying of debt settlement for enterprises affected by COVID-19 pandemic. 


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    Keywords: Asia Pacific, Thailand, Banking, Securities, Accounting, COVID-19, SME, Credit Risk, Operational Risk, Financial Assistance, Regulatory Capital, BOT

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