International Monetary Fund Annual Report 2014 : From stabilization to sustainable growth

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October 2014
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    The International Monetary Fund

    The IMF is the world’s central organization for international monetary cooperation. With 188 member countries, it is an organization in which almost all of the countries in the world work together to promote the common good. The IMF’s primary purpose is to safeguard the stability of the international monetary system—the system of exchange rates and international payments that enables countries (and their citizens) to buy goods and services from one another. This is essential for achieving sustainable economic growth and raising living standards.

    All of the IMF’s member countries are represented on its Executive Board, which discusses the national, regional, and global consequences of each member’s economic policies. This Annual Report covers the activities of the Executive Board and IMF management and staff during the financial year May 1, 2013, through April 30, 2014. The contents reflect the views and policies of the IMF Executive Board, which has actively participated in its preparation.

    The main activities of the IMF include

    • providing advice to members on adopting policies that can help them prevent or resolve a financial crisis, achieve macroeconomic stability, accelerate economic growth, and alleviate poverty;

    • making financing temporarily available to member countries to help them address balance of payments problems, that is, when they find themselves short of foreign exchange because their payments to other countries exceed their foreign exchange earnings; and

    • offering technical assistance and training to countries, at their request, to help them build the expertise and institutions they need to implement sound economic policies.

    The IMF is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and, reflecting its global reach and close ties with its members, also has offices around the world.

    Additional information on the IMF and its member countries can be found on the Fund’s website, www.imf.org.

    Ancillary materials for the Annual Report—Web Boxes, Web Tables, Appendixes (including the IMF’s financial statements for the financial year ended April 30, 2014), and other pertinent documents—can be accessed via the Annual Report web page at www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/ar/2014/eng. A CD-ROM version of the Annual Report, including the ancillary materials posted on the web page, is also available from IMF Publication Services.

    ©2014 International Monetary Fund

    Annual Report 2014—From Stabilization to Sustainable Growth

    ISBN 978-1-49831-535-7 (paper)

    ISBN 978-1-49834-694-8 (PDF)

    Note: The analysis and policy considerations expressed in this publication are those of the IMF Executive Directors.

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    Acronyms and Abbreviations

    ACT

    Arab countries in transition

    AML/CFT

    Anti–Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism

    ASEAN+3

    Association of Southeast Asian Nations plus China, Japan, and Korea

    CDIS

    Coordinated Direct Investment Survey

    CESEE

    central, eastern, and southeastern Europe

    CPIS

    Coordinated Portfolio Investment Survey

    COFER

    Currency Composition of Foreign Exchange Reserves

    CPI-GBA

    Consumer Price Index for Greater Buenos Aires

    DGI

    Data Gaps Initiative

    DSA

    debt sustainability analysis

    DSF

    Debt Sustainability Framework for Low-Income Countries

    EAC

    External Audit Committee

    EC

    European Commission

    ECB

    European Central Bank

    ENDA

    Emergency Natural Disaster Assistance

    EPCA

    Emergency Post-Conflict Assistance

    EFF

    Extended Financing Facility

    EWE

    Early Warning Exercise

    FAS

    Financial Access Survey

    FATF

    Financial Action Task Force

    FCL

    Flexible Credit Line

    FM

    Fiscal Monitor

    FSAP

    Financial Sector Assessment Program

    FSB

    Financial Stability Board

    FSRB

    FATF-style regional body

    FY

    financial year

    GAB

    General Arrangements to Borrow

    G20

    Group of Twenty

    GDDS

    General Data Dissemination System

    GDP

    gross domestic product

    GFSR

    Global Financial Stability Report

    GRA

    General Resources Account

    HIPC

    Heavily Indebted Poor Countries

    ICD

    Institute for Capacity Development

    IEO

    Independent Evaluation Office

    IFRS

    International Financial Reporting Standards

    IMFC

    International Monetary and Financial Committee

    MAP

    Mutual Assessment Process

    MDRI

    Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative

    NAB

    New Arrangements to Borrow

    OECD

    Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

    OIA

    Office of Internal Audit and Inspection

    PIN

    Public Information Notice

    PLL

    Precautionary and Liquidity Line

    PR

    Press Release

    PRGT

    Poverty Reduction and Growth Trust

    PSI

    Policy Support Instrument

    RCF

    Rapid Credit Facility

    REO

    Regional Economic Outlook

    RFI

    Rapid Financing Instrument

    ROSC

    Report on the Observance of Standards and Codes

    RTAC

    Regional Technical Assistance Center

    SBA

    Stand-By Arrangement

    SDDS

    Special Data Dissemination Standard

    SDR

    special drawing right

    TSR

    Triennial Surveillance Review

    UMP

    unconventional monetary policy

    WEO

    World Economic Outlook

    IMF

    INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND

    ANNUAL REPORT 2014

    FROM STABILIZATION TO SUSTAINABLE GROWTH

    Contents

    The IMF’s financial year is May 1 through April 30.

    The unit of account of the IMF is the SDR (special drawing right); conversions of IMF financial data to U.S. dollars are approximate and provided for convenience. On April 30, 2014, the SDR/U.S. dollar exchange rate was US$1 = SDR 0.64529, and the U.S. dollar/SDR exchange rate was SDR 1 = US$ $1.54969. The year-earlier rates (April 30, 2013) were US$1 = SDR 0.662691 and SDR 1 = US$1.509.

    “Billion” means a thousand million; “trillion” means a thousand billion; minor discrepancies between constituent figures and totals are due to rounding.

    As used in this Annual Report, the term “country” does not in all cases refer to a territorial entity that is a state as understood by international law and practice. As used here, the term also covers some territorial entities that are not states but for which statistical data are maintained on a separate and independent basis.

    Message from the Managing Director and Chair of the Executive Board

    The year 2014 marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the IMF. Back in 1944, global leaders were determined to put the chaos and carnage of war behind them, and build a world based on collaboration instead of conflict, integration instead of insularity. The IMF was founded on the core principle that the route to national prosperity runs through global prosperity.

    Christine Lagarde, Managing Director and Chair of the Executive Board

    This year also marks the seventh anniversary of the onset of the global financial crisis, which turned into the worst global economic dislocation since the Great Depression. Even so, we did not witness a second Great Depression. This was no accident; rather, it was due to the sound application of the founding principle of the IMF: putting global collaboration first. I am proud of the IMF’s role as part of that global response.

    Yet there is still a long way to go to secure a sustainable recovery, marked by strong and inclusive growth and rapid job creation. The recovery is ongoing, but it is still too slow and fragile, subject to the vagaries of financial sentiment. Millions of people are still looking for work. The level of uncertainty might be diminishing, but it is certainly not disappearing.

    A daunting issue is that changing growth dynamics are complicating the global recovery. Since the recovery is uneven across advanced economies—faster in the United States and the United Kingdom than in the euro area or Japan—the normalization of monetary policy will proceed at different paces in different countries, with potential implications for volatility and growth. At the same time, emerging markets are experiencing a broad-based and synchronized slowdown in growth, which can in turn hurt prospects elsewhere in the world. The risk of very low inflation in Europe is also casting a shadow over the recovery. Rising geopolitical concerns are adding to overall uncertainty.

    The situation needs to be managed through the right combination of policies. In this context, the IMF laid out its Global Policy Agenda at both the Annual Meetings in 2013 and the Spring Meetings in 2014. This agenda emphasized the need to strengthen the coherence of policies and cooperation among policymakers. The priorities are clear: advanced economies need to focus on measured and well-communicated policy choices to secure the recovery; emerging markets need to strengthen their fundamentals, reduce their vulnerabilities, and step up structural reforms; and everyone needs to embrace cooperation and engage in dialogue.

    David Lipton, First Deputy Managing Director

    Throughout the crisis and in the recovery period, the IMF has been, and continues to be, an indispensible agent of economic cooperation. It is a principal forum for our 188 member countries to come together and work together. Over the past year, the IMF has continued to support its members—through its surveillance, its lending, and its technical assistance.

    Naoyuki Shinohara, Deputy Managing Director

    The Fund has made it a priority to better integrate bilateral and multilateral surveillance, especially through its Spillover and External Sector Reports, as well as cluster reports. It has helped countries in such areas as fiscal policy in advanced economies; growth strategies and structural reforms in emerging markets; and vulnerabilities, diversification, and structural transformation in low-income countries. It has stepped up work in newer areas with implications for stability and growth—including inequality, the environment, and the economic participation of women.

    Nemat Shafik, Deputy Managing Director, resigned as of March 18, 2014

    On the financial front, the Fund continued to support members’ reform efforts all across the globe, to help ease the pain of adjustment. This year, the Fund reviewed facilities such as the Flexible Credit Line, the Precautionary and Liquidity Line, and the Rapid Financing Instrument—to make sure that they continue to help countries as effectively as possible. The membership also agreed to transfer gold profits to help us meet the financing needs of our low-income members in the years ahead.

    Min Zhu, Deputy Managing Director

    The IMF has also stepped up its efforts in capacity development—helping countries design, build, and strengthen the institutions that make up the building blocks of economic success. Since the crisis broke, we have provided training to all of our members and technical assistance to 90 percent of them. Over the past year, the IMF launched new tools and courses, opened a new regional technical assistance center in Ghana, and received $181 million in new donor funds.

    Overall, I am extremely proud of the IMF’s accomplishments over the past year, and of the people who made it happen—our dedicated staff and Executive Board. It is a great privilege to serve as Managing Director of this noble institution. I look forward to continuing to adapt to meet the challenges of our entire membership so that the global economy can enjoy a new phase of sustained growth and shared prosperity.

    The Annual Report of the IMF’s Executive Board to the Fund’s Board of Governors is an essential instrument in the IMF’s accountability. The Executive Board is responsible for conducting the Fund’s business and consists of 24 Executive Directors appointed by the IMF’s 188 member countries, while the Board of Governors, on which every member country is represented by a senior official, is the highest authority governing the IMF. The publication of the Annual Report represents the accountability of the Executive Board to the Fund’s Board of Governors.

    Executive Board as of April 30, 2014

    Alternate Executive Directors are indicated in italics.

    Meg Lundsager

    Vacant

    United States

    Daikichi Momma

    Isao Hishikawa

    Japan

    Hubert Temmeyer

    Steffen Meyer

    Germany

    Hervé de Villeroché

    Vacant

    France

    Wimboh Santoso

    Rasheed Abdul Ghaffour

    Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Fiji, Indonesia, Lao P.D.R., Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Tonga, Vietnam

    ZHANG Tao

    SUN Ping

    China

    Jong-Won Yoon

    Ian Davidoff, Vicki Plater

    Australia, Kiribati, Korea, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Mongolia, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu

    Thomas Hockin

    Mary T. O’Dea

    Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Ireland, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

    Rakesh Mohan

    Kosgallana Ranasinghe

    Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Sri Lanka

    Fahad Alshathri

    Hesham Alogeel

    Saudi Arabia

    Daniel Heller

    Dominik Radziwill

    Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Poland, Serbia, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan

    Paulo Nogueira Batista, Jr.

    Hector Torres, Luis Oliveira Lima

    Brazil, Cabo Verde, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guyana, Haiti, Nicaragua, Panama, Suriname, Timor-Leste, Trinidad and Tobago

    Stephen Field

    Christopher Yeates

    United Kingdom

    Menno Snel

    Willy Kiekens, Oleksandr Petryk

    Armenia, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Georgia, Israel, Luxembourg, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Romania, Ukraine

    José Rojas

    Fernando Varela, Maria Angélica Arbeláez

    Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Spain, Venezuela

    Andrea Montanino

    Thanos Catsambas

    Albania, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, San Marino

    Audun Groenn

    Pernilla Meyersson

    Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden

    Momodou Saho

    Chileshe M. Kapwepwe, Okwu Joseph Nnanna

    Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

    A. Shakour Shaalan

    Sami Geadah

    Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Maldives, Oman, Qatar, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Yemen

    Johann Prader

    Omer Yalvac, Miroslav Kollar

    Austria, Belarus, Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Turkey

    Aleksei V. Mozhin

    Andrei Lushin

    Russia

    Mohammad Jafar Mojarrad

    Mohammed Daïri

    Afghanistan, Algeria, Ghana, Iran, Morocco, Pakistan, Tunisia

    Alvaro Rojas-Olmedo

    Sergio Chodos

    Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay

    Kossi Assimaidou

    Nguéto Tiraina Yambaye, Woury Diallo

    Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Niger, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Togo

    Letter of Transmittal to the Board of Governors

    July 30, 2014

    Dear Mr. Chairman:

    I have the honor to present to the Board of Governors the Annual Report of the Executive Board for the financial year ended April 30, 2014, in accordance with Article XII, Section 7(a) of the Articles of Agreement of the International Monetary Fund and Section 10 of the IMF’s By-Laws. In accordance with Section 20 of the By-Laws, the administrative and capital budgets of the IMF approved by the Executive Board for the financial year ending April 30, 2015, are presented in Chapter 5. The audited financial statements for the year ended April 30, 2014, of the General Department, the SDR Department, and the accounts administered by the IMF, together with reports of the external audit firm thereon, are presented in Appendix VI, which appears on the CD-ROM version of the Report, as well as at www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/ar/2014/eng/index.htm. The external audit and financial reporting processes were overseen by the External Audit Committee, comprising Mr. Wang (Chair), Mr. Ramos, and Mr. Loeto, as required under Section 20(c) of the Fund’s By-Laws.

    Yours very truly,

    Christine Lagarde

    Managing Director and Chair of the Executive Board

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