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Guidance Note on Information Sharing Between IMF and World Bank Staff (English)

This Guidance Note outlines good practices on information-sharing across key areas in which the Bank and the IMF interact. It is based on the existing policies and legal frameworks of the two institutions and builds on an already strong track record of collaboration. The tangible benefits from better information sharing are well established and recognized. These include maximizing synergies between the two institutions’ respective areas of comparative advantage, so as to ensure consistency in policy advice and improve policy traction in member countries where both institutions are substantively involved. Bank-Fund information sharing is governed by prior understandings reached between the two institutions as well as distinct legal frameworks in each institution. The 1989 Concordat between the Bank and the Fund (and subsequent refinements such as the Joint Management Action Plan (JMAP)) provide the umbrella framework guiding information sharing. At the Bank, the Information Classification and Control Policy and the Access to Information Policy also determine how the Bank may share non-public information with an external party, such as the Fund. At the Fund, the Fund’s Information Security Policies provide guidance to staff on rules governing the handling and sharing of information within the institution, but also informs the decision as to when to share the material with parties outside the Fund. The note outlines general principles consistent with these frameworks and discusses how the staffs of the two institutions are expected to exchange information related to country operations, technical assistance, and policy work. These include active participation, where possible, in relevant internal review processes and key meetings at the other institution, routine sharing of country data, systematic upstream exchange of views, cross-mission participation, easy access to TA reports prepared by the other institution, and sharing of rosters of long-term experts.


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    International Monitoring Fund World Bank

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    Guidance Note on Information Sharing Between IMF and World Bank Staff

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International Monitoring Fund World Bank

Guidance Note on Information Sharing Between IMF and World Bank Staff (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.