Part Two: What We Do

International Monetary Fund
Published Date:
October 2017
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The IMF Has Three Main Roles

  • Economic Surveillance

  • 135 country health checks

  • The IMF oversees the international monetary system and monitors the economic and financial policies of its 189 member countries. As part of this surveillance process, which takes place both at the global level and in individual countries, the IMF highlights possible risks to stability and advises on needed policy adjustments.

  • Lending

  • $134.7 billion to 15 countries, plus $1.5 billion in low- or zero-interest loans to 15 low-income developing member countries

  • The IMF provides loans to member countries experiencing actual or potential balance of payments problems to help them rebuild their international reserves, stabilize their currencies, continue paying for imports, and restore conditions for strong economic growth, while correcting underlying problems.

  • Capacity Development

  • $267 million for knowledge sharing, expert advice, and training

  • The IMF works with governments around the world to modernize their economic policies and institutions, and train their people. This helps countries strengthen their economy, improve growth, and create jobs.

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