IMF Members’ Commitments Under the 2016 Bilateral Borrowing Agreements Reach US$400 Billion

April 21, 2017

  • Total pledges by IMF members under 2016 bilateral borrowing agreements reach about $400 billion
  • These resources will help maintain IMF lending capacity

Since the Annual Meetings in October 2016, further progress has been made in securing commitments to provide bilateral borrowed resources under the IMF’s 2016 borrowing framework. The IMF has received additional commitments of about SDR 40 billion from nine members, bringing total commitments to about SDR 300 billion (US$400 billion) from 35 members. Under these commitments, 20 borrowing agreements for a total of about SDR 211 billion are now effective with maximum terms through end-2020.

In welcoming these commitments, Ms. Christine Lagarde, IMF Managing Director, said: “I am encouraged by the commitments received from the membership to provide bilateral resources under the new borrowing framework. Bilateral borrowing constitutes the Fund’s important third line of defense after quotas and the New Arrangements to Borrow (NAB). These commitments will preserve the overall lending capacity of the IMF and provide confidence that the Fund will continue to be able to address the needs of our membership.”

Useful Links:

Guidelines for Borrowing by the Fund .

Press Release: IMF Members Commit US$340 billion in Bilateral Borrowing to Maintain the IMF’s Lending Capacity

Communiqué of the Thirty-Fourth Meeting of the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC)

Factsheet: IMF Bilateral Borrowing

Q and A on IMF Bilateral Borrowing Agreements

At a Glance: The IMF's Firepower - An Infographic

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