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International Monetary Fund

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 18 May 2010 in Architecture and Portfolio.

Located at 700 19th Street NW in Washington, DC is the International Monetary Fund.

The International Monetary Fund was created in July 1944, originally with 45 members, with a goal to stabilize exchange rates and assist the reconstruction of the world's international payment system. Countries contributed to a pool which could be borrowed from, on a temporary basis, by countries with payment imbalances. The IMF was important when it was first created because it helped the world stabilize the economic system. The IMF is still important because it works to improve the economies of its member countries.

The IMF describes itself as "an organization of 186 countries (as of June 29, 2009), working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty". With the exception of Taiwan (expelled in 1980), North Korea, Cuba, Andorra, Monaco, Liechtenstein, Tuvalu and Nauru, all UN member states participate directly in the IMF. Member states are represented on a 24-member Executive Board (five Executive Directors are appointed by the five members with the largest quotas, nineteen Executive Directors are elected by the remaining members), and all members appoint a Governor to the IMF's Board of Governors.

Photo taken May 5, 2010.

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Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

very well taken

18 May 2010 5:10am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

So this is where they arrange to print the world's money! Ha ha :-)

18 May 2010 6:43am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Money money money.... :) I love the angle you've taken this, very well done !

18 May 2010 7:45am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

superb shot.. nicely done.

18 May 2010 8:10am

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Interesting to see their headquarters, looks quite modest! The IMF has become popular recently because of the Euro troubles and the rescue package for Greece, which makes also American taxpayers pay for the crisis once more.

18 May 2010 10:04am

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

I miss your strong colors . This one is cool but where is orange ? ha ha

18 May 2010 2:15pm

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

Perfect HDR.

18 May 2010 4:48pm

Antoine from France

Bonjour Steven. Cette photo est superbe. Très bonne perspective. Je te souhaite de passer un très bon après-midi. Amicalement Antoine.

18 May 2010 6:02pm

"Dutch" from Chicagoland, United States

Excellent crisp lines as you are known for. It must have been exciting to be there and see some of the architecture. It's probably a lot different than ours here. Each city seems to take on a flavor.

19 May 2010 12:47am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Beautiful!

19 May 2010 3:21am