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Kristalina Georgieva Re-appointed as IMF Managing Director

Kristalina Georgieva has been re-appointed as the Managing Director (MD) of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a new 5-year term starting on 1 October 2024. She was the sole candidate nominated for the position this year, and her appointment was made by the IMF executive board.

IMF Managing Director Appointment Process

The IMF managing director is appointed by the executive board, which can choose a managing director through either voting or consensus. In 2004, the IMF adopted a policy of appointing a Managing Director through consensus. Candidates for the MD post can be nominated by an IMF Fund Governor or an Executive Director.

Board of Governors and Executive Board

The Board of Governors is the highest decision-making body of the IMF, consisting of one governor and one alternate governor from each member country. The Executive Board, with 24 Directors elected by member countries or groups of countries, handles the IMF’s day-to-day business. The Managing Director serves as the chairman of the Executive Board.

Functions of the Executive Board

The Executive Board is responsible for conducting the IMF’s day-to-day business, with the Managing Director leading the IMF’s operating staff. There are four deputy managing directors who assist the managing director in daily operations.

About Kristalina Georgieva

Kristalina Georgieva, from Bulgaria, has served as the MD of the IMF since 2019. Prior to this role, she held positions such as Chief Executive Officer of the World Bank and Interim President of the World Bank Group. She also served as Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid, and Crisis Response of the European Commission.

Functions of the IMF

The IMF performs various functions including providing financial assistance to member countries facing economic crises, monitoring member countries’ economies, and providing technical assistance and training to implement sound economic policies.

Quota and Voting Rights in IMF

Member countries of the IMF are allotted quotas reflecting their position in the world economy, denominated in Special Drawing Rights (SDR). Quotas determine voting rights, with the United States holding the highest quota and voting share. India has the eighth largest quota in the IMF.

IMF Headquarters and Membership

The IMF is headquartered in Washington D.C., United States, and currently has 190 member countries.

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