IMF MD Submits Proposal for a General Allocation of SDRs Equivalent to US$650 Billion to  Board for Approval

July 12, 2021/IMF

Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund (IMF). Image Credit: IMF

On July 9, IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva submitted her proposal for a general allocation of Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) equivalent to US$650 billion to the Board of Governors for its approval. The proposal follows the Executive Board discussion of the general allocation of SDRs on June 25 and its formal support of the proposal on July 8.

The Board of Governors is scheduled to vote on the proposal by August 2. Approval of the general allocation of SDRs requires support by members representing an 85 percent majority of the total voting power of SDR Department participants (currently all IMF members). Once approved, the allocation is expected to be implemented by end-August (during the current Eleventh Basic Period). Against this background, in a separate report to the Board of Governors, the Managing Director indicated to the Board of Governors that she is not proposing an additional allocation at this point for the next Twelfth Basic Period covering from January 2022 to December 2026.

Background

The Articles of Agreement require periodic consideration and decisions on SDR allocations or cancellations in consecutive basic periods of normally five years. The Managing Director must make a proposal to the Board of Governors no later than six months before the end of each basic period regarding a general allocation or cancellation for the next basic period if the conditions under the Articles are met. If there is no proposal for an allocation (or cancellation) at that point, the Managing Director can bring the issue of a general allocation or cancellation of SDRs before the Executive Board for further discussion, if and when appropriate, during the course of the basic period. The Board of Governors or the Executive Board may also request that the Managing Director make proposals at any time. The current Eleventh Basic Period is scheduled to end on December 31, 2021 and the Twelfth Basic Period will commence on January 1, 2022.

Additional information:

SDR Landing Page: https://www.imf.org/en/Topics/special-drawing-right

Q&As: https://www.imf.org/en/About/FAQ/special-drawing-right

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