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Annual Report
of the Executive Board for the
Financial Year Ended April 30, 2002

WASHINGTON, D.C.


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CONTENTS

File 1
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Highlights (view as HTML)
Message from the Managing Director
Executive Board
Senior Officers
Letter of Transmittal
Board of Governors, Executive Board, International Monetary and Financial Committee, and Development Committee
Note

File 2
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1.  
World Economic and Financial Developments in FY2002
Global Economic Environment
    Key Developments in Emerging Market and Industrial
   Countries
2.  
IMF Surveillance in Action
  Country Surveillance
  Global Surveillance
    World Economic Outlook
    International Capital Markets and Global
   Financial Stability
  Regional Surveillance
    Central African Economic and
  Monetary Community
    West African Economic and Monetary
  Union
    Monetary and Exchange Policies of the
   Euro Area and Trade Policies of the
   European Union
  Trade and Market Access Issues
3.  
Strengthening the International Financial System
  Crisis Prevention
    Assessing External Vulnerability
    Transparency
    Standards and Codes
    Strengthening Financial Sectors
    Capital Account Liberalization
  Crisis Resolution
    Work Program for Crisis Resolution
    Sovereign Debt Restructuring
  Combating Money Laundering and the Financing
   of Terrorism
  Background
  Post-September 11 Board Discussion
4.   IMF Lending Policies and Conditionality
Review of Conditionality
      Streamlining Structural Conditionality—
   Initial Experience
      Strengthening Country Ownership of Programs
      Making Improvements
      Review of Progress
    Review of Access Policy

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5.  
Poverty Reduction and Debt Relief for Low-Income Countries
Global Economic Environment and IMF's Support
   for Low-Income Countries
Broader IMF Support for the Global Effort to
   Reduce Poverty
The PRSP Review
Review of the Poverty Reduction and
   Growth Facility
HIPC Initiative and Debt Sustainability
Capacity Building
CIS Initiative
Support by the International Community
Looking Ahead
6.   Financial Operations and Policies in FY2002
  Regular Financing Activities
    Lending
    Resources and Liquidity
  Quota Developments
  Concessional Financing
    Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility
    Enhanced HIPC Initiative
    Financing of the HIPC Initiative and
   PRGF Subsidies
    Investment of SDA, PRGF, and
   PRGF-HIPC Resources
    Post-Conflict Emergency Assistance
  Special Drawing Rights
  Income, Charges, Remuneration, and Burden Sharing
  Safeguarding IMF Resources and Dealing with Arrears
    Safeguards Assessments
    Misreporting
    Arrears to the IMF
7.  
Technical Assistance and Training
Prioritizing the IMF's Technical Assistance
New Developments
Technical Assistance Delivery in FY2002
  Expanded Training by the IMF Institute
8.   Organization, Budget, and Staffing
Organization
    Executive Board
    Departments
    Independent Evaluation Office
  Administrative and Capital Budgets
    Budget Reforms
    Budgets and Actual Expenditure in FY2002
    Budgets in FY2003
    Medium-Term Framework
  Changes in Management and Senior Staff
  Staff
    Recruitment and Retention
    Dispute Resolution
    Salary Structure
    Diversity
New Building

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Appendixes
I   International Reserves
II   Financial Operations and Transactions
  III   Principal Policy Decisions of the Executive Board
  IV   IMF Relations with Other International Organizations
  V   External Relations
VI   Press Communiqués of the International Monetary
   and Financial Committee and the Development
   Committee
VII   Executive Directors and Voting Power on
   April 30, 2002
VIII   Changes in Membership of the Executive Board

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IX.   Financial Statements
Abbreviations


HIGHLIGHTS

Safeguarding Stability Amid Uncertainties

During the 2002 financial year the IMF faced important new challenges in an unusually unsettled world environment. These placed increased demands on the institution in two of its main areas of responsibility: preserving world economic and financial stability and assisting in the global war on poverty.

After a period of strong expansion, the global economy experienced a widespread slowdown during the 2001 calendar year. Contributing to this were further downward adjustments in equity prices, together with a rise in energy prices and the tightening of monetary policy in industrial countries that had occurred in 2000. The already weak international economy was further affected by the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States, which had a substantial—although largely temporary—impact on economic conditions. By early 2002, however, thanks in large part to actions taken by key central banks to lower interest rates, there were encouraging signs that growth was recovering, although serious concerns remained in a number of countries.

In the face of the prevailing uncertainties, the IMF continued to work on the reform of the international monetary system and to focus on its core responsibilities, among them helping to prevent financial crises among its members.

Following are some of the highlights of the IMF's work during FY2002:

IMF Lending

The IMF's regular and concessional lending increased strongly as the slowdown in the world economy contributed to a worsening of the balance of payments difficulties of several members whose access to international capital markets was curtailed.

  • Commitments under the IMF's regular loan facilities—Stand-By Arrangements and the Extended Fund Facility (EFF)—tripled, to SDR 39.4 billion1 (almost $50 billion) in FY2002 from SDR 13.1 billion (almost $17 billion) in FY2001. The largest commitments were Standby Arrangements for Brazil and Turkey, SDR 12.1 billion and SDR 12.8 billion respectively. Of the commitment to Brazil, SDR 10 billion was provided under the Supplemental Reserve Facility (SRF), which is designed to assist members experiencing a sudden and disruptive loss of market access. A growing volume of IMF financing commitments are now treated as precautionary, with borrowers indicating that they do not intend to draw on the funds committed. Actual drawings were made in only 16 of the 34 Standby and Extended Arrangements in place during the year. As of the end of April 2002, undrawn balances amounted to SDR 26.9 billion.

  • The IMF's net uncommitted usable resources amounted to SDR 64.7 billion ($82 billion) at the end of April 2002. The liquidity ratio (the ratio of net uncommitted usable resources to liquid liabilities) was 117 percent, significantly lower than the 168 percent reached a year previously, but more than three and a half times the low point reached before the 1999 increase in IMF quotas.

  • In FY2002, the IMF's concessional lending for poverty reduction continued to be channeled through the Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility (PRGF) and the joint IMF­World Bank Initiative for Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPCs). During the financial year, the Executive Board approved nine new PRGF arrangements totaling SDR 1.8 billion, with total disbursements amounting to SDR 1.0 billion, compared with SDR 0.6 billion in FY2001. By end-April 2002, 26 HIPC-eligible members had been brought to their decision points under the enhanced HIPC Initiative and one under the original Initiative, and the IMF had committed SDR 1.6 billion in grants and disbursed about SDR 0.7 billion.

Surveillance

The IMF conducts surveillance over the exchange rate policies of its member countries to ensure the effective operation of the international monetary system. To this end, it regularly discusses with members their economic and financial policies and continuously monitors economic and financial developments at the country, regional, and global levels.

  • In April 2002 the Executive Board completed in large part its latest biennial review of the principles and implementation of IMF surveillance. While the review found that the current system of surveillance was working well, it identified a number of areas where further efforts were needed, including enhancing coverage of institutional and structural issues, especially relating to financial sectors, and improving analysis of debt sustainability.

  • The Board in September 2001 discussed the IMF's role in promoting an open trading system and trade liberalization. Directors agreed that the IMF should stress the need for a successful launch of the Doha trade round; continue to address trade issues in the context of surveillance and IMF-supported programs; lay the groundwork for trade liberalization through its technical assistance; and cooperate closely with the World Trade Organization and the World Bank.

Strengthening the International Financial System

Since the Mexican crisis of 1994–95 and the Asian crises of 1997–98, much has been done to strengthen the international financial system and the capacity of the IMF and its members for crisis prevention. Nevertheless, it would be unrealistic to suppose that all countries will be able to avoid crises at all times. Thus, work has also advanced toward assisting countries to resolve crises.

  • The IMF has strengthened its monitoring of members' vulnerability to external crises by drawing on updated World Economic Outlook projections, early warning system models, detailed analyses of countries' financing requirements, market information, and assessments of financial sector vulnerability and risks of contagion.

  • In recent years, the IMF has actively promoted increased transparency of its members' policies, sought to improve public understanding of its own policies and operations, and encouraged feedback from both national authorities and the public. Through its website (www.imf.org) it releases a wealth of information on its activities.

  • During FY2002, the IMF reviewed its Data Standards Initiatives and approved a Data Quality Assessment Framework, integrated with the Reports on the Observance of Standards and Codes (ROSCs).

  • Recognizing the critical importance of concerted action to strengthen financial systems, the IMF continued to conduct financial "health checkups" under the Joint IMF­World Bank Financial Sector Assessment Program (FSAP). By April 2002, 27 countries had completed their FSAP participation, and 50 others had committed to participate.

  • During the year, discussions continued on a range of issues relating to resolving financial crises and the role of the private sector. A plan of work on crisis resolution outlined a four-point program designed to increase the IMF's capacity to assess a country's debt sustainability; clarify the policy on access to IMF resources; strengthen the tools available for securing private sector involvement in resolving financial crises; and examine a more orderly and transparent legal framework for sovereign debt restructurings. Proposals for a new sovereign debt restructuring mechanism were spelled out in late 2001 and early 2002 by Anne O. Krueger, the IMF's First Deputy Managing Director.

  • The IMF's work on anti-money-laundering issues acquired increased importance after the September 11 attacks, when it was extended to combating the financing of terrorism.

Lending Policies and Conditionality

The IMF regularly reviews its "conditionality"—the conditions it attaches to its financial assistance to ensure that it is repaid (so that its resources become available to other members in need) and that external viability, financial stability, and sustainable economic growth are restored in the borrowing member country—and its policy on access to its financial resources.

  • The latest review of conditionality, which was still in progress at the end of FY2002, emphasized that conditionality must be applied in a way that reinforces national ownership, should focus on policies critical to achieving a program's macroeconomic goals, and set a clearer division of labor between the IMF and other institutions, particularly the World Bank.

  • After reviewing the policy governing members' access to its resources, the IMF determined to maintain current annual and cumulative access limits, but agreed to later review the policy involving high access to resources.

Poverty Reduction

Reducing poverty in low-income countries is a major international challenge, and the IMF continues to play its role. Besides the lending mentioned above, the IMF took a number of steps in FY2002 to reinforce and strengthen its support for reform and development efforts in low-income countries.

  • The IMF received about SDR 7 million in contributions from five members to subsidize the rate of charge on Post-Conflict Emergency Assistance.

  • The IMF and the World Bank jointly reviewed the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) approach, which, combined with sound policies, is expected to put countries on a path to sustainable growth and poverty reduction and toward achieving the UN's Millennium Development Goals.

  • The IMF—jointly with the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development—sponsored an initiative to help the seven low-income members of the Commonwealth of Independent States accelerate growth and poverty reduction.

  • A review of the PRGF in March 2002 emphasized the need to build on progress in several specific areas, including designing policies to foster pro-poor economic growth, improving the quality and efficiency of government spending, coordinating program design with the World Bank, and enhancing communication with authorities, donors, and civil society in PRGF countries.

  • Late in the financial year, the IMF reviewed the status of the HIPC Initiative and the movement toward long-term external debt sustainability. At that time, HIPC countries had received commitments of $40 billion (in nominal terms) in debt relief.

Technical Assistance and Training

IMF technical assistance supports the institution's surveillance and program work, and its importance has grown steadily in recent years. Recommendations emerging from the FSAP, the adoption of international standards, tracking indicators for the HIPC Initiative, and combating money laundering and the financing of terrorism have all increased members' requests for technical assistance.

  • During the year, the IMF's Caribbean Regional Assistance Center was established; two more centers will open in late 2002 in East and West Africa under the IMF's Africa Capacity-Building Initiative.

  • The IMF Institute increased training by about 9 percent over FY2001. A Joint Regional Training Center for Latin America was opened, bringing the number of such regional centers to five.

Organization, Budget, and Staffing

FY2002 saw several major changes within the IMF.

  • The IMF bid farewell to First Deputy Managing Director Stanley Fischer and to Economic Counsellor and Director of the Research Department Michael Mussa and welcomed their successors—Anne Krueger and Kenneth Rogoff. Jack Boorman, who stepped down as Director of the Policy Development and Review (PDR) Department, retained his position as Counsellor and became a Special Advisor to the Managing Director. He was succeeded as PDR director by Timothy Geithner. Gerd Häusler joined the IMF as Counsellor and Director of the new International Capital Markets Department, which came into being in FY2002.

  • The Independent Evaluation Office became operational.

  • The IMF's internal budgeting process was reviewed by a panel of external experts, who made a number of recommendations. Some of these have already been put in place, while other changes will be introduced in FY2003 and FY2004.

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After the end of the financial year, on July 23, 2002, the Democratic Republic of East Timor became the 184th member of the IMF.

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1As of April 30, 2002, SDR 1 = US$1.2677