Trade Policy Development > International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Assistance to governments on trade liberalization

The IMF encourages its members to liberalize their trade regimes in order to promote efficient resource allocation and enhance sustainable economic growth. Trade issues feature prominently in surveillance consultations with member countries, policy discussions surrounding IMF programmes, and research. This includes consultations under bilateral and multilateral surveillance that cover members’ own trade reforms, multilateral trade negotiations, trade policy spillovers from actions of other economies, and the appropriate adjustment of a range of policies to the trade policy environment.