Switzerland in the International Monetary Fund (IMF)

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) monitors and supports the economic policy development of its member countries. Switzerland has been a member since 1992, regularly attends meetings and heads a constituency.

Brief summary

Switzerland has been a member of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) since 1992. The organisation contributes to the stability of the international financial and monetary system. Since joining, Switzerland has led a constituency made up of various countries.

IMF Annual Meetings 2024

IMFC Plenary Meeting
IMFC Plenary Meeting (Washington, 19.04.2024)

The IMF's mandate

The main task of the IMF is to monitor the economic policies of its member states. It thus 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 effective economic and financial market policies. In crisis situations, it helps the affected member countries by way of comprehensive financial assistance and the development of reform programmes for monetary, budgetary and financial market policies.

Following the economic and financial crisis, the IMF strengthened its economic advisory and supervisory instruments and increased its financial resources. Switzerland provides significant support for the IMF's activities and resources, thereby contributing to the development of favourable framework conditions in the 189 member countries and helping to ensure the stability of the international monetary and financial system.

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