Switzerland's engagement in the IMF

Within the IMF, Switzerland heads a constituency including Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Poland, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan. Through its seat on the Executive Board, Switzerland is a decision-maker within the IMF. It advocates that the IMF focus on its mandate and remain transparent. In addition to compliance with clear rules and principles, this includes the ability to react quickly to changing framework conditions. Only in this way can the IMF remain a credible, potent and financially solid institution that treats its members equally.

The main task of the IMF is to monitor the economic policies of its member states. It thereby contributes to the stability of the international financial and monetary system. The IMF also offers its member countries technical assistance and training opportunities to help them in formulating and implementing an effective economic and financial sector policy. These activities are geared towards crisis prevention. Where crises nevertheless arise, the IMF helps the affected member countries by way of comprehensive financial assistance and the development of reform programmes for monetary, budgetary and financial sector policies. In response to the financial and economic crisis, the IMF adopted a whole series of financial assistance packages and committed a substantial share of its resources.

The financial crisis has made clear that the IMF has an even more significant role to play in monitoring the financial sectors of its member states and that its expertise in this regard must be further developed. The interplay between financial systems and the real economy must be better researched, and the monitoring of financial sectors must be embedded more strongly in the regular IMF country reviews. It is important for the cooperation with other specialist bodies, particularly the Financial Stability Board (FSB), to be strengthened also. At present, 188 nations worldwide are members of the IMF. This gives the institution a high degree of legitimacy.

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IWF Frühjahrstagung 2018

Switzerland attended IMF and World Bank 2018 Spring Meetings in Washington

Federal Councillor Ueli Maurer as Head of the Swiss delegation, Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann and Thomas Jordan, Chairman of the Governing Board of the Swiss National Bank, attended the joint Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group in Washington from 20 to 22 April 2018.