International Monetary Fund

IMF Invites Comments on Review of Fund's Financing Role in Member Countries

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has launched a review of its financing role in member countries. The purpose of this review is to ensure the institution has the right instruments and policies to help all of its members—with appropriate safeguards of Fund resources—as they integrate into a world of growing and increasingly complex capital flows. The IMF's Executive Board had a preliminary discussion on September 22, 2008 of a staff paper that discusses broad issues related to how the IMF provides financial assistance.

As part of taking this work forward and to benefit from a broad array of ideas, the IMF is now seeking public comments on the paper published on October 9, 2008 (see IMF Public Information Notice No. 08/131) on the IMF website (

We are trying to advance quickly on this work program and therefore request comments be submitted by 6:00 PM Washington time (2300GMT) November 21, 2008. Comments and suggestions will be combined and posted on this website.

Copies of the background paper and the summary of the September 22, 2008 Executive Board discussion can be downloaded but hard copies are also available from:

Public Affairs Division
External Relations Department

fax: 202 623-6278

All interested in these issues are invited to send comments by email to, or by fax at 202-623-6278.

Written comments may also be mailed or sent by fax to:

Lorenzo Giorgianni
Chief of Emerging Markets Division
Strategy, Policy, and Review Department
fax: 202 623-4235