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International Monetary Fund
Published Date:
September 2011
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    The IMF is the world’s central organization for international monetary cooperation. With 187 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 Fund management and staff during the financial year May 1, 2010, through April 30, 2011.

    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,

    Ancillary materials for the Annual Report—Web Boxes, Web Tables, Appendixes (including the IMF’s financial statements for the financial year ended April 30, 2011), and other pertinent documents—can be accessed via the Annual Report web page at Print copies of the financial statements are available from IMF Publication Services, P.O. Box 92780, Washington, DC 20090. A CD-ROM version of the Annual Report, including the ancillary materials posted on the web page, is also available from IMF Publication Services.

    IMF financial statements 2011

    Note to readers

    The audited financial statements that follow form Appendix VI of the International Monetary Fund’s Annual Report 2011 and can be found, together with Appendixes I through V and other materials, on the Annual Report 2011 web page ( They have been reproduced separately here as a convenience for readers.

    The print version of the Report, as well as a CD-ROM version that includes the Appendixes and other ancillary materials, can be obtained through IMF Publication Services at the following address:

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    When ordering the Annual Report 2011, please specify the desired language. The print version is available in eight languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. The CD-ROM is available in English only.

    The Annual Report can also be found on the IMF’s website, via the Annual Report web page, at the address given above.

    Quarterly updates of the IMF’s financial statements can be found at

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