Press Release: Hungary Accepts Article VIII Obligations
January 2, 1996
The Government of Hungary 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 January 1, 1996. 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 113 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 exchange restrictions that hamper the growth of world trade.
By accepting the obligations of Article VIII, Hungary gives confidence to the international community that it will continue to 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 the obligations of Article VIII comes after a new foreign exchange law took effect on January 1, 1996. As a result of this law and accompanying regulations, Hungary's exchange system is now free of exchange restrictions on the making of payments and transfers for current international transactions.
Hungary joined the IMF on May 6, 1982; its quota1 is SDR 754.8 million (about $1,122 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.