Welcome! You're a senior
economist in the IMF's Western Hemisphere Department. You will act as the mission
chief for this year's economic checkup, or "Article IV consultation,"
of a small Latin American member country. The name, "Article IV," comes
from the section of the IMF's rules that all member countries have agreed to. These
rules direct the IMF to keep tabs on economic policies in each member country. You
will head a group of IMF staff from your department going to visit this member country.
Your team will collect economic data and statistics and meet with various government
and banking officials.
When you return, you will
complete a report for the IMF Executive Directors. They will use your information
when they discuss the country and offer it advice. If it has an economic problem,
it could grow to hurt other countries. The IMF is counting on you!