Chapter

I. Establishment of the Fund

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International Monetary Fund
Published Date:
September 1946
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This report, prepared in accordance with Section 10 of the Bylaws, covers the operations and policies of the International Monetary Fund in the period from May 6, 1946, when the Executive Directors held their first meeting in Washington, through early September 1946. In this period, the Fund was creating an organization and laying down the necessary rules for its operations. Since it is intended that in future years the annual report of the Executive Directors will cover the operations of the Fund in the preceding fiscal year, such figures as are here presented deal mainly with the period ending June 30, 1946.

Entry Into Force

The Articles of Agreement of the International Monetary Fund entered into force on December 27, 1945, when representatives of 30 countries met and participated in a ceremony of signature held in Washington, D. C. By December 31, 1945, 35 countries had signed and otherwise indicated their intention to become members. These were:

Belgium

Bolivia

Brazil

Canada

Chile

China

Colombia

Costa Rica

Cuba

Czechoslovakia

Dominican Republic

Ecuador

Egypt

Ethiopia

France

Greece

Guatemala

Honduras

Iceland
India

Iran

Iraq

Luxembourg

Mexico

Netherlands

Norway

Paraguay

Peru

Philippine Commonwealth

Poland

Union of South Africa

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

United States of America

Uruguay

Yugoslavia

Instruments of Acceptance have been deposited with the United States Government, as required by Article XX, Section 2 (a) of the Fund Agreement, on behalf of all the above countries.

Inaugural Meeting of the Board of Governors

In accordance with the provisions of Article XX, the Government of the United States called the first meeting of the Board of Governors of the Fund to meet jointly with the Board of Governors of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development at Savannah, Ga., on March 8,1946.

During the meeting, the Board adopted a resolution which extended from December 31, 1945, to December 31, 1946, the period in which countries listed in Schedule A of the Fund Agreement could join as original members. Under this resolution representatives of Cuba, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Panama signed the articles in the course of the meeting. Denmark, with a quota fixed at $68,000,000 by the Board of Governors, likewise acquired membership under the authority of this resolution on March 30, 1946.

This meeting took the necessary preliminary steps to organize the Fund. Bylaws were adopted to establish procedures for the meetings of the Board of Governors and to govern the operations. A number of special tasks were assigned to the Executive Directors. The Board of Governors appointed a temporary secretary, Mr. Roman L. Home, to make the arrangements for the first meeting of the Executive Directors, and fixed the date of the first meeting at the beginning of May.

First Executive Directors

The Executive Directors, who were appointed or elected in accordance with the provisions of the Fund Agreement, were as follows:

Appointed Executive Directors
Votes
George BoltonUnited Kingdom13,250
J. V. JoshiIndia4,250
Yee-Chun KooChina5,750
Pierre Mendes-FranceFrance4,750
Harry D. WhiteUnited States27,750
Elected Executive Directors
G. W. J. BruinsNetherlands3,000
Union of South Africa1,250
4,250
Rodrigo GomezColombia750
Costa Rica300
Cuba750
Dominican Republic300
El Salvador275
Guatemala300
Honduras275
Mexico1,150
Nicaragua270
4, 370
Camille GuttBelgium2,500
Iceland260
Luxembourg350
3, 110
J. V. MladekCzechoslovakia1,500
Poland1,500
Yugoslavia850
3,850
Louis RasminskyCanada3,250
Norway750
4,000
Ahmed Zaki Bey SaadEgypt700
Ethiopia310
Greece650
Iran500
Iraq330
Philippine Commonwealth400
2,890
Francisco Alves dos Santos-FilhoBolivia350
Brazil1,750
Chile750
Ecuador300
Panama255
Paraguay270
Peru500
Uruguay400
4,575

Interim Period

The necessary arrangements for the first meetings in Washington of the Executive Directors were made by the Temporary Secretary, Mr. Home who, with the assistance of a small staff, found and equipped quarters, collected, edited, and published the documents of the Inaugural Meeting and carried on the necessary correspondence.

Selection of the Managing Director

At their first meeting on May 6, 1946, the Executive Directors selected as Managing Director Mr. Camille Gutt of Belgium, who, upon accepting, resigned as Executive Director. On this date the Managing Director assumed the chairmanship of the Executive Directors and the responsibility for organizing and directing the staff.

Organization of the Operating Staff

The Executive Directors, as a first order of business, discussed the general organization of the staff. By mid-June a general plan of organization had been agreed. Reporting to the Managing Director, the staff is divided into five primary departments and offices, as follows:

  • Operations Department.

  • Legal Department.

  • Research Department.

  • Office of the Comptroller.

  • Office of the Secretary.

Each of those departments and offices has a director or head who is responsible to the Managing Director. The departments and offices are further subdivided into divisions under chiefs. It is intended that the organization should be simple and flexible.

By the beginning of September, the Managing Director had appointed the head or acting head of each of the major staff units of the Fund and these officials had assumed their duties in Washington. They are:

  • Mr. John L. Fisher (U. K.), Director

    • Operations Department.

  • Mr. Edward M. Bernstein (U. S.), Assistant Director, Acting in Charge

    • Research Department

  • Mr. A. van Campenhout (Belgium), Director

    • Legal Department

  • Mr. Charles M. Powell (Canada), Assistant Comptroller

    • Office of the Comptroller

  • Mr. Frank Coe (U. S.), Secretary

    • Office of the Secretary

That portion of the Fund's operating staff which had reported for duty numbered approximately 100 persons, recruited from 15 countries. Equipment and supplies had been procured and necessary procedures had been established to direct the work of the staff through the early period.

The Fund has adopted for its employees the salary scale and grades of the United Nations.

In appointing the staff, the Managing Director has, as required by the Fund Agreement, “subject to the paramount importance of securing the highest standards of efficiency and of technical competence,” paid “due regard to the importance of recruiting personnel on as wide a geographical basis as possible.” It has proved difficult and time-consuming to negotiate with and select prospective staff members who are scattered all over the world. In most countries there is a shortage of the kinds of skilled financial and economic personnel that the Fund and other international organizations are seeking. Because of this shortage, the treasuries, central and private banks and exchange departments of many countries are unable or reluctant to release their personnel. Of those who can be released, a considerable number are reluctant to give up established positions to undertake new work in another country.

Financial Statement

Section 20 of the Bylaws requires that the Executive Directors shall have an audit of the accounts of the Fund made at least once each year and on the basis of this audit submit a balance sheet and statement of operations of the Fund to be considered by the Board of Governors at their annual meeting.

Since operations have not yet commenced, the financial presentation in this instance is in the form of a Statement of Receipts and Payments from inception to June 30, 1946, which is annexed to this report (Appendix D). It will be seen that the Receipts are solely subscriptions of one one-hundredth of 1 percent of quotas of member countries as provided for by Section 2 (d) of Article XX of the Fund Agreement, while the payments are limited to administrative expenses. As required, the Executive Directors have had an audit of the accounts made for the fiscal year which ended on June 80, 1946. Although plans are going forward for an independent audit, this one was conducted by the Assistant Comptroller, Mr. C. M. Powell. The Statement of Receipts and Payments, based on this audit, was prepared under the supervision of the Managing Director and approved by the Executive Directors for submission to the Board of Governors.

Administrative Budget

It has not proved possible during the period covered by this report to prepare an administrative budget for submission to the Board of Governors. The Fund's major operations have not begun and will not begin until the required number of par values has been agreed. The amount and number of the Fund's transactions cannot be determined now, and therefore the basis for estimating the staff and other administrative requirements for these transactions is lacking. Similarly, the volume of work which will be necessary in connection with exchange rates, exchange restrictions, and the other obligations of members, cannot be foreseen at this time. For these reasons the Managing Director has not considered it desirable to define the detailed organization of the various departments and offices, which are being operated by nuclear staffs.

The Financial Statement presented in Appendix D shows that administrative expenditures through June 30, 1946, covering a period of approximately 3 months, amounted to approximately $97,000. In July and August, administrative expenditures were at a higher rate and a total of approximately $150,000 was spent. Of this, about half, or $74,000, was for salaries and wages and slightly more than one-third, or $54,000, was for supplies and equipment. The remainder was expended principally on offices, travel, communication, and expenses for the meeting of the Board of Governors.

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