The IMF’s Executive Board in March 2000 approved the establishment of a database showing countries’ template data on international reserves and foreign currency liquidity on the IMF’s website. The data are presented in a common format and in a common currency, thereby enhancing the comparability of the template data among countries, facilitating access by market participants and other users, and fostering greater transparency. The common format is that developed by the IMF as shown in Appendix II of this document. The common currency is the U.S. dollar. Countries participating in this endeavor do so on a voluntary basis.