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International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.

The SDR interest rate and the rate of remuneration are equal to a weighted average of interest rates on specified short-term domestic obligations in the money markets of the five countries whose currencies constitute the SDR valuation basket. The rate of remuneration is the rate of return on members’ remunerated reserve tranche positions. The rate of charge, a proportion of the SDR interest rate, is the cost of using the IMF’s financial resources. All three rates are computed each Friday for the following week. The basic rates of remuneration and charge are further adjusted to reflect burden-sharing arrangements. For the latest rates, call (202) 623-7171 or check the IMF website (www.imf.org/cgi-shl/bur.pl?2001).

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Paraguay’s Sixth Review Under the Stand-By Arrangement reports that the program is ending successfully, having achieved the broad objectives of restoring stability and beginning a process of structural reform, albeit with some delays. At the time of program approval in 2003, Paraguay had been experiencing one of the most severe financial and budgetary crises, triggered by the regional crisis of 2002 and exacerbated by weak macroeconomic fundamentals. A quick and decisive policy response, articulated in the context of the IMF-supported program, stopped the financial crisis and put the public finances on a sustainable path.