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International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.

The Web edition of the IMF Survey is updated several times a week, and contains a wealth of articles about topical policy and economic issues in the news. Access the latest IMF research, read interviews, and listen to podcasts given by top IMF economists on important issues in the global economy. www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/survey/so/home.aspx

International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.

The Fifty-Second Annual Meetings of the IMF and the World Bank concluded with a consensus that global opening and integration offer the only path to worldwide prosperity and that strong IMF surveillance over the policies of its 181 members remains essential. The meetings achieved important and concrete results for the IMF, notably an endorsement by ministers and governors of the IMF’s role in promoting the liberalization of capital flows, agreement on a 45 percent increase in IMF quotas, and agreement on an “equity” SDR allocation that doubles SDRs allocated to date.

International Monetary Fund. Research Dept.

Staff Papers draws on IMF Working Papers, which are research studies by members of the Fund’s staff. A list of Working Papers issued in 1997:4 follows:

International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.

IMF Managing Director Rodrigo de Rato traveled to Brazil at the invitation of President Luáz Inácio Lula da Silva on January 10-11 to mark the nation’s December 2005 repayment of its outstanding obligations (about $15.6 billion) to the Fund. The early repayment—two years ahead of schedule—was made possible by a major improvement in the country’s external position, marked by a doubling of exports since 2002, renewed confidence in the economy, and rising capital inflows, which have restored foreign reserves to more comfortable levels.