A joint RFA staff paper

19 October 2018

The last global financial crisis made clear that the International Monetary System (IMS) needs strong financial backstops to provide crisis-time liquidity to countries hit directly by large economic shocks or affected by crisis contagion. In this context, the Group of Twenty (G20) most-developed economies urged at the height of the crisis that the so-called Global Financial Safety Net (GFSN) be strengthened. The GFSN refers to the different layers of resources for crisis prevention and resolution, which come mainly from (i) international reserves held by national central banks, (ii) bilateral swap arrangements between central banks (BSAs), (iii) Regional Financing Arrangements (RFAs), and (iv) the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

In this context, a group of RFAs agreed to jointly consider how to improve collaboration with the IMF in the future, building on current working relations and cooperation experience, particularly focusing on a number of issues relevant to all RFAs, such as information sharing, capacity building, and our common quest for best practice in crisis prevention and management.