Public Information Notice: IMF Executive Board Reviews Fund's Work on International Trade April 11, 2005

Review of Fund Work on Trade
February 7, 2005

Review of the IMF's Trade Restrictiveness Index
(Background Paper to the Review of Fund Work on Trade)
February 14, 2005

Dealing with the Revenue Consequences of Trade Reform
(Background Paper for Review of Fund Work on Trade)
February 15, 2005

Trade Conditionality Under Fund-Supported Programs, 1990-2004
(Background Paper to the Review of Fund Work on Trade)
Prepared by the Policy Development and Review Department
February 14, 2005

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  1. Introduction and Overview

  2. Findings

    1. Objectives of Trade Policy Reform
    2. Design of Trade Policy Reform
    3. Factors Influencing Trade Conditionality
    4. Trade Conditionality Over Time
    5. Implementation of Trade Conditionality

  3. Summary Results

  1. Conditionality on Tariffs and NTBs, and Trade Restrictiveness
  2. Overlap Between Trade Commitments in Fund Programs and Commitments to World Bank, WTO and Regional Trade Arrangements
  3. Trade Conditionality Over Time
  4. Trade Conditionality Implementation


  1. Motivation / Objectives of Trade Policy Reforms, 1990-2004
  2. Nature of Program Commitments
  3. Incidence of Trade Conditionality Across Programs
  4. Regional Distribution of Trade Conditionality
  5. Trade Conditionality, by Measure (Four sub-periods from 1990-2004)


  1. Recent Studies on Fund Trade Conditionality
  2. Methodology of Review