Press Release: IMF Signs US$50 Billion Note Purchase Agreement with China

September 2, 2009

Press Release No.09/293
September 2, 2009

The Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Mr. Dominique Strauss-Kahn, and the Deputy Governor of the People’s Bank of China, Mr. Yi Gang, have signed an agreement under which the People’s Bank of China would purchase up to SDR 32 billion (around US$50 billion) in IMF notes.

The note purchase agreement is the first in the history of the Fund, and follows the endorsement by the Executive Board on July 1, 2009 of the framework for issuing notes to the official sector. The Chinese authorities had expressed their intention to invest up to US$50 billion in IMF notes in June (see Press Releases No. 09/204 and No. 09/248).

The agreement offers China a safe investment instrument. It will also boost the Fund’s capacity to help its membership — particularly the developing and emerging market countries — weather the global financial crisis, and facilitate an early recovery of the global economy.

Useful links:

Text of the Note Purchase Agreement with China:

Press Release 09/204 welcoming China’s proposal to purchase IMF notes

Factsheet on Note Issuance:

Agreements bolstering the IMF’s lending capacity:

A Framework for the Fund's Issuance of Notes to the Official Sector:


Public Affairs    Media Relations
E-mail: E-mail:
Fax: 202-623-6220 Phone: 202-623-7100