- International Monetary Fund. Secretary's Department
- Published Date:
- October 2014
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.
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Annual Report 2014—From Stabilization to Sustainable Growth
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Acronyms and AbbreviationsACT
Arab countries in transitionAML/CFT
Anti–Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of TerrorismASEAN+3
Association of Southeast Asian Nations plus China, Japan, and KoreaCDIS
Coordinated Direct Investment SurveyCESEE
central, eastern, and southeastern EuropeCPIS
Coordinated Portfolio Investment SurveyCOFER
Currency Composition of Foreign Exchange ReservesCPI-GBA
Consumer Price Index for Greater Buenos AiresDGI
Data Gaps InitiativeDSA
debt sustainability analysisDSF
Debt Sustainability Framework for Low-Income CountriesEAC
External Audit CommitteeEC
European Central BankENDA
Emergency Natural Disaster AssistanceEPCA
Emergency Post-Conflict AssistanceEFF
Extended Financing FacilityEWE
Early Warning ExerciseFAS
Financial Access SurveyFATF
Financial Action Task ForceFCL
Flexible Credit LineFM
Financial Sector Assessment ProgramFSB
Financial Stability BoardFSRB
FATF-style regional bodyFY
General Arrangements to BorrowG20
Group of TwentyGDDS
General Data Dissemination SystemGDP
gross domestic productGFSR
Global Financial Stability ReportGRA
General Resources AccountHIPC
Heavily Indebted Poor CountriesICD
Institute for Capacity DevelopmentIEO
Independent Evaluation OfficeIFRS
International Financial Reporting StandardsIMFC
International Monetary and Financial CommitteeMAP
Mutual Assessment ProcessMDRI
Multilateral Debt Relief InitiativeNAB
New Arrangements to BorrowOECD
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and DevelopmentOIA
Office of Internal Audit and InspectionPIN
Public Information NoticePLL
Precautionary and Liquidity LinePR
Poverty Reduction and Growth TrustPSI
Policy Support InstrumentRCF
Rapid Credit FacilityREO
Regional Economic OutlookRFI
Rapid Financing InstrumentROSC
Report on the Observance of Standards and CodesRTAC
Regional Technical Assistance CenterSBA
Special Data Dissemination StandardSDR
special drawing rightTSR
Triennial Surveillance ReviewUMP
unconventional monetary policyWEO
World Economic Outlook
INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND
ANNUAL REPORT 2014
FROM STABILIZATION TO SUSTAINABLE GROWTH
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.
Hervé de Villeroché
Rasheed Abdul Ghaffour
Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Fiji, Indonesia, Lao P.D.R., Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Tonga, Vietnam
Ian Davidoff, Vicki Plater
Australia, Kiribati, Korea, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Mongolia, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu
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
Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Sri Lanka
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
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
Fernando Varela, Maria Angélica Arbeláez
Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Spain, Venezuela
Albania, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, San Marino
Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden
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
Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Maldives, Oman, Qatar, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Yemen
Omer Yalvac, Miroslav Kollar
Austria, Belarus, Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Turkey
Aleksei V. Mozhin
Mohammad Jafar Mojarrad
Afghanistan, Algeria, Ghana, Iran, Morocco, Pakistan, Tunisia
Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay
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,
Managing Director and Chair of the Executive Board