Press Release: Republic of Slovenia Accepts Article VIII Obligations
September 1, 1995
The Government of the Republic of Slovenia has notified the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that it has accepted the obligations of Article VIII, Sections 2, 3, and 4 of the IMF Articles of Agreement, with effect from September 1, 1995. IMF members accepting the obligations of Article VIII undertake to refrain from imposing restrictions on the making of payments and transfers for current international transactions or from engaging in discriminatory currency arrangements or multiple currency practices without IMF approval. A total of 105 countries have now assumed Article VIII status.
Two of the main purposes of the IMF, as stated in its Articles of Agreement, are to facilitate the expansion and balanced growth of international trade, and to contribute thereby to the promotion and maintenance of high levels of employment and real income, and to assist in the establishment of a multilateral system of payments in respect of current transactions between IMF members. In seeking to achieve these objectives, the IMF exercises firm surveillance over the exchange rate policies of its members and oversees the elimination of foreign exchange restrictions that hamper the growth of world trade.
By accepting the obligations of Article VIII, the Republic of Slovenia gives confidence to the international community that it will pursue sound economic policies that will obviate the need to use restrictions on the making of payments and transfers for current international transactions, and thereby contribute to a multilateral payments system free of restrictions. The acceptance of Article VIII status follows the removal of a limitation on the transferability of tolar balances held by certain nonresidents.
The Republic of Slovenia succeeded on December 14, 1992 to the membership of the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Its quota1 is SDR 150.5 million (about $225 million).
1. A member's quota in the IMF determines, in particular, the amount of its subscription, its voting weight, its access to IMF financing, and its share in the allocation of SDRs.