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IMF’s Christine Lagarde meets with Mexican President Felipe Calderon at G-20 meeting in Los Cabos, Mexico (photo: Ulises Ruiz Basurto/EFE)

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G-20 Meeting—Los Cabos, Mexico

Countries Boost Emergency Funding for IMF to $456 Billion

June 20, 2012

Nations from around the world firmed up their commitments to provide emergency resources for the International Monetary Fund, designed to deter the spread of crises and increase the institution’s lending capacity to help countries in financial trouble.

“Countries large and small have rallied to our call for action,” said IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, who was attending the meeting of the Group of 20 industrialized and emerging market countries in Los Cabos, Mexico. “I salute them and their commitment to multilateralism. As a result, the total pledged has risen to $456 billion, almost doubling our lending capacity.”

Collective effort

“With today's announcements, some 37 of the IMF’s member countries, representing about three-fifths of total quota in the organization, have joined this collective effort, demonstrating the broad commitment of the membership to ensure the IMF has access to adequate resources to carry out its mandate in the interests of global financial stability,” she said.

In April, the G-20 and the broader membership of the IMF had pledged a total of $430 billion to help reinforce the IMF at a time of global uncertainty, particularly because of the crisis in Europe.

The IMF, which has 188 member countries, stressed that the new resources would be available for crisis prevention and resolution and to meet the potential financing needs of all IMF members. It provided a detailed list of amounts being contributed by different countries.

They will be drawn only if they are needed as a second line of defense after resources already available from the members’ pool of resources, known as quotas and the existing New Arrangements to Borrow are substantially used. If drawn, they will be repaid with interest. “The IMF is committed to assuring our members’ interests and resources are safeguarded,” Lagarde said.

Riskier world

The IMF has warned that global risks are on the rise again and has urged policymakers to act together to achieve lasting stability and growth and boost job creation. In particular, the IMF has called for comprehensive action to revive growth and reduce unemployment in Europe.

Lagarde said after the Los Cabos summit that the G-20 joint Leaders Declaration was a step in the direction of restoring confidence in the global economy.” We have more work to do before global recovery is assured, but I take away from Los Cabos a sense of convergence that will facilitate the comprehensive and coordinated approach to global economic and financial challenges advocated by the IMF.”

She said the seeds of a pan-European recovery plan had been planted.