Issues Briefs List 2007

These briefs are prepared by IMF staff for public information and as a contribution to debate on issues of topical interest.

Issues Brief - Reform of IMF Quotas and Voice: Responding to Changes in the Global Economy  In September 2005, the IMF embarked on a wide-ranging program of modernization called the Medium-Term Strategy. One important element of the Strategy is governance reform, including adjusting quota shares to reflect better the relative weight of members in the world economy and enhancing the voice and participation of low-income members within the institution. This reform is critical for the continued effectiveness of the Fund.March 01, 2008
Issues Brief - The Multilateral Consulation on Global Imbalances  Multilateral consultations provide a new forum for discussion among members of the international community who share an interest in crucial economic issues. The consultations enable the IMF and its members to agree upon policy actions to address vulnerabilities that affect individual members and the global financial system. They will help policymakers to show that the measures they propose will be matched by measures taken by others, with benefits to all. The first multilateral consultation was launched in 2006 in order to address the issue of global payments imbalances with the IMF being entrusted to facilitate discussion and cooperation among senior policymakers.April 18, 2007
Issues Brief - Technical Assistance: Building Capacity as the Foundation for Growth  In line with the International Monetary Fund's mission of promoting strong economic growth and encouraging crisis prevention in its member countries, the IMF provides capacity-building assistance to help countries strengthen governance, build economic institutions, train staff, and design effective economic policies. Central to this work is the IMF's extensive program of technical assistance.April 11, 2007