Guidance Note on the Fund’s Transparency Policy

Publication Date:

March 12, 2010

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This note provides guidance to staff on how to implement the Fund’s Transparency Policy, incorporating the revisions to the Transparency and Archives Policies agreed by IMF’s Executive Board on December 17, 2009 (effective March 17, 2010). It focuses on the publication of country papers and policy documents that have been prepared for Board consideration (“Board papers”).

The Fund’s approach to transparency is guided by the overarching principle in the preamble to the revised Transparency Decision. This overarching principle is also meant to guide practice in areas not covered by any explicit policy or where existing policies are unclear:

The Fund will strive to disclose documents and information on a timely basis unless strong and specific reasons argue against such disclosure, with this principle respecting and being applied to ensure the voluntary nature of publication of documents that pertain to member countries.


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Publication Date:

March 12, 2010



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