NAB participants agree to expand IMF's borrowing arrangement to up to US$600 billion
November 24, 2009:
The 26 current Participants in the International Monetary Fund’s New Arrangements to Borrow (NAB) met today in Washington D.C. with representatives of 13 potential new Participants and agreed to expand the NAB, including new Participants and increasing credit arrangements to up to US$600 billion. They also agreed to introduce more flexibility to the NAB, a standing set of credit arrangements under which participants commit supplementary resources for International Monetary Fund (IMF) lending when needed.
“This commitment to deliver on the pledge made by G20 leaders to contribute over US$500 billion to an expanded and more flexible NAB demonstrates the continuing multilateral support for the Fund’s response to both this and possible future crises. Today’s agreement is a strong step forward and will help boost confidence and reduce global risks, just as the announcement of the intention to expand and enlarge the NAB was critical in stemming contagion risks and bolstering global financial market confidence earlier this year. The additional flexibility introduced into the NAB is designed to make it an effective tool of crisis management as a backstop for the international monetary system. A formal decision on the expanded NAB is expected to be taken by the Executive Board of the IMF in the coming weeks. Current and potential NAB participants agreed to work quickly to take the necessary measures to make the new enhanced NAB effective as soon as possible,” said Mr. Daisuke Kotegawa, the Chair of the NAB for Japan.
The NAB is reviewed on a regular basis. Agreement was reached that the next review would be conducted following the completion of the 14th Review of Quotas. “It was emphasized that the IMF is a quota-based institution, and NAB participants look forward to the completion of the next quota review by January 2011,” added Mr. Kotegawa, who is also Executive Director for Japan in the IMF.
The NAB is a credit arrangement between the IMF and a group of members and institutions to provide supplementary resources to the IMF when these are needed to forestall or cope with an impairment of the international monetary system or to deal with an exceptional situation that poses a threat to the stability of that system. It is reviewed on a regular basis.
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