Policy work is only one part of the Fund’s business, or more precisely, one part of its set of purposes as described in the Articles. Its mandates in surveillance of the international monetary system and in the development of economic and financial adjustment programmes require that the institution generates both information for its policy work and information for more general use. It is perhaps worth reminding ourselves of those aspects of the Fund’s Articles pertinent here (discussed in Chapter 4). Section C of Article VIII states that:
The same Article specifies what kinds of information this will consist of (see pp. 102-3 in Chapter 4). In brief they are as follows:
its holdings of foreign exchange; total values of exports and imports of merchandise; international balance of payments; international investment position; national income; price indices and thus measures of its inflation rates; and what, if any, exchange controls a country has in effect.