The IMF inaugurated a series of Issues Briefs in April 2000 to provide succinct surveys of current economic policy issues for nonspecialist readers. The series is designed primarily to make background material available and to facilitate debate on issues of topical interest, especially subjects that are under active review in the IMF.
The IMF’s emphasis on transparency in recent years has resulted in a very large volume of information now being made available to the public about IMF activities. Issues Briefs help interested readers, who may not otherwise be familiar with the IMF or its operations, to interpret this information. They are relatively concise, nontechnical presentations of the many policy issues that confront the international economic and financial community.
The Issues Briefs are intended to be of interest to the general public, journalists, students—in fact, to anyone who wants to understand how the IMF is addressing current issues. All audiences, whether supportive or critical of the IMF, should find them informative and accessible.
The first six titles in the series, which are being produced in English, French, German, Russian, and Spanish, are:
• Globalization: Threat or Opportunity? April 2000
• IMF Reform: Change and Continuity, April 2000
• Debt Relief, Globalization, and IMF Reform: Some Questions and Answers, April 2000
• The IMF and Environmental Issues, April 2000
• Recovery from the Asian Crisis and the Role of the IMF, June 2000
• Exchange Rate Regimes in an Increasingly Integrated World Economy, June 2000
It is anticipated that, by the time of the Annual Meetings in Prague in September, about one dozen Issues Briefs will be available.
Issues Briefs are available on the IMF’s external website at www.imf.org/issuesbriefs, and in hard copy (free of cost) from the Public Affairs Division of the IMF External Relations Department (telephone: (202) 623-7300; fax: (202) 623-6278). Interested readers are welcome to sign up on the website for e-mail notification of future Issues Briefs.