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When the U.S. Congress discussed about increasing China's voting shares within the IMF, what were the arguments for and against that were used?

Experts say the US's reluctance for a quota reform that includes a realignment of voting shares stems from concerns that such an exercise would inevitably give more voting power to China. China ...
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How does the common framework of the Paris Club ignore the goals of the Chinese and what does China seek to achieve in poor countries?

Another potential explanation is that Westerners designed the rules of the talks—called the common framework—without accounting for Chinese practices and goals, said Alexandra Zeitz, an assistant ...
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Did the IMF or World Bank give a public explanation as to why they won't share their debt sustainability analyses with China?

Expanding this definition should bring into the fold "middle-income" countries such as crisis-hit Sri Lanka, which has been seeking debt restructuring assurances from China similar to those ...
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Why won't China accept losses on loans and want private creditors and multilateral institutions to do the same?

U.S. officials are among those who have criticized China for being unwilling to accept losses on loans unless private-sector creditors and multilateral development banks do the same. Consequently, ...
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Is there a precedent of the IMF augmenting a loan due to considerations made as a result of a war?

Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva told Reuters on Friday that the IMF was “seriously considering” a possible augmentation of Egypt’s $3bn loan programme due to economic difficulties posed by the ...
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Can the EU package aid through the IMF in exchange of political favors?

“European and some Gulf countries are trying to provide economic aid in order for Egypt to play a strong role in the humanitarian crisis,” Giuseppe Dentice, head of the MENA desk at the Centre for ...
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Why is the IMF still lending money to Argentina?

Argentina has defaulted on their debt numerous times and it looks like they're refusing to implement sensible reforms to improve their economy. So why is the IMF still lending them money rather than ...
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Why did the IMF refuse to fund Pakistan in 2023?

Since Pakistan is still struggling from economic recovery, why did the IMF refuse further loans to a sovereign nation? See the BBC's Pakistan IMF: Crucial bailout deal eludes negotiators: Eleventh-...
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What does China get from being a member of the IMF?

What does China get from being a member of the IMF? They don't have a lot of voting power so it's unlikely that they can use their voting powers to do anything since the U.S. has the most voting power ...
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Can the IMF technically kick Russia out of the organization?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Monetary_Fund Voting power in the IMF is based on a quota system. Each member has a number of basic votes (each member's number of basic votes equals 5.502%...
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Are international organizations becoming less democratic?

The countries in the world are becoming more and more democratic. Are international organizations like the UN and IMF becoming less democratic? If yes, why?
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Why is the IMF forcing indebted countries to lower public spending for growth if its goal is to help poor countries achieve economic growth?

Not only is the overarching criticism incorrect, notes Lindsey, but the examples that Stiglitz provides of how market fundamentalism led the IMF astray are vastly over-blown. According to Stiglitz, ...
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What makes it hard for Southeast Asian countries (including India) to replace China and become new "world factory"?

Many people argue that it is hard for Western countries to pose economic sanctions on China by banning all (or most) imports from China, due to China's huge role in the world supply chain. I wonder ...
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How are the members of The External Audit Committee (EAC) of the IMF chosen or elected?

How are the members of The External Audit Committee (EAC) of the IMF chosen or elected? The External Audit Committee (EAC) has three members, all of whom are independent of the IMF and its Executive ...
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How can developing countries put their concerns on the IMF board's agenda or get their views taken into account during board discussions?

Contrarily to organizations such as the WTO, the power is skewed towards developed and major countries like China, which also have the most voting power. There seems to be a lack of effective ...
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Can the IMF Special Drawing Rights be used to combat the need for negative interest rates in order to fiscally stimulate the global economy?

Can the IMF Special Drawing Rights be used to combat the need for negative interest rates in order to fiscally stimulate the global economy? I am wondering if the U.S. can use the IMF in order to ...
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Why does the IMF set its development models and economic policies behind closed doors?

Nobel laureate economist Joseph E. Stiglitz argues that, as a public institution, the IMF should improve its own transparency by setting its development models and economic policies through ...
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Are the 2020 ESM "coronavirus" MoUs substantially the same as the 2012-2013 ESM MoUs?

It's been asserted (more specifically now) in an answer to another question here that the 2012 (actually Jan 2013) ESM MoUs are effectively the same as the 2020 ESM "coronavirus" MoUs. Reasons I'm ...
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Why does the IMF insist on maintaining the privatization of state entities as a reform policy as a prerequisite for borrowing states?

Why does the IMF insist on maintaining the privatization of state entities as a reform policy as a prerequisite for borrowing states? https://www.soas.ac.uk/cdpr/publications/papers/file24328.pdf ...
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Did the Greek economy contract more than Syria's in the past decade?

From a BBC article: According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), only four countries have shrunk economically more than Greece in the past decade: Yemen, Libya, Venezuela and Equatorial ...
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Did IMF grant a loan with no (reform) conditions to Romania in 2009?

I've been looking at some of the more recent IMF loans and the Wikipedia description of the one given to Romania appears to imply no reform conditions were attached to the loan: While in January 2009,...
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Why do countries almost always oppose IMF's proposed reforms?

Dhaka to oppose reforms to IMF debt limits policy Mugabe dumps IMF reforms, vows to keep price control Greece opposed to IMF demands on labor reforms Between a rock and a hard place: Tunisia and the ...
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Can IMF encourage countries to Democracy in exchange of loans?

In conclusion of this paper it is mentioned that: There is a robust and positive relationship between democracy and economic growth We know that, the final goal of IMF is to establishing peace, ...
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