General Article The International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Topic Selected: Globalisation
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With its near-global membership of 187 countries, the IMF is uniquely placed to help member governments take advantage of the opportunities – and manage the challenges – posed by globalisation and economic development more generally. The IMF tracks global economic trends and performance, alerts its member countries when it sees problems on the horizon, provides a forum for policy dialogue, and passes on know-how to governments on how to tackle economic difficulties.

The IMF provides policy advice and financing to members in economic difficulties and also works with developing nations to help them achieve macroeconomic stability and reduce poverty.
Marked by massive movements of capital and abrupt shifts in comparative advantage, globalisation affects countries’ policy choices in many areas, including labour, trade and tax policies. Helping a country benefit from globalisation while avoiding potential downsides is an important task for the IMF. The global

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