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Part I. Introduction

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International Monetary Fund
Published Date:
June 2004
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1. Article XXVI, Section 2(a) of the Fund’s Articles of Agreement empowers the Fund to declare a member ineligible to use the general resources of the Fund if the member fails to fulfill any of its obligations under the Articles. Such a declaration may be made by a decision of the Executive Board carried by a majority of the votes cast. Article XXVI, Section 2(b) provides that if the member persists in its failure to fulfill any of its obligations under the Articles, it may be required to withdraw from membership by a decision of the Board of Governors carried by a majority of the Governors having 85 percent of the total voting power.

2. The Interim Committee of the Board of Governors included the following sentence in its communiqué of May 8, 1990:

In order to deal with the rare cases where it is evident that a member with arrears to the Fund is persistently not cooperating with the Fund, the Committee invited the Executive Board to propose to the Board of Governors, by end May 1990, the text of an amendment of the Articles providing for suspension of voting and related rights of members that do not fulfill their obligations under the Articles.

3. The Executive Board is hereby proposing the text of such an amendment. The proposed amendment would add new provisions to the Articles, in Article XXVI, Section 2 and in a new Schedule L, under which a member’s voting rights and certain related rights may be suspended by the Fund if the member, having been declared ineligible to use the general resources of the Fund, persists in its failure to fulfill any of its obligations under the Articles. In addition, new provisions would be inserted in Article XII, Section 3(i) and Schedule D concerning the effects of a termination of suspension. The Commentary in Part II of this Report analyzes the proposed amendment and describes the main aspects of the new power that would be conferred upon the Fund. Part III describes the procedure for the adoption of the proposed amendment. Part IV proposes a Resolution for adoption by the Board of Governors. The text of the proposed amendment is attached to the proposed Resolution.

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