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27 Feb 1930, pursuant to signature of intergovernmental convention - The Hague Agreements, 20 Jan 1930, and benefiting from statutes and a special charter granted by the Swiss Confederation; commenced operations 17 May 1930. Statutes adopted 20 Jan 1930; and amended: 3 May 1937; 12 Jun 1950; 9 Oct 1961; 9 Jun 1969; 10 Jun 1974; 8 Jul 1975; 14 Jun 1993; 13 Sep 1994; 8 Nov 1999; Jun 2005. Protocol regarding the immunities of the Bank signed 30 Jul 1936, Brussels (Belgium). Headquarters Agreement concluded with Swiss authorities 10 Feb 1987. Also referred to as Central Banks' Bank. Statutes registered in 'LNTS 1/2398'.


Promote discussion and facilitate decision-making processes among central banks and within the international financial community; act as a prime counterpart for central banks in their financial transactions; conduct economic and monetary research; act as an agent or trustee in connection with international financial operations.


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General Meeting (annual) at which member central banks have representation and voting rights in proportion to the number of shares subscribed by their respective countries. Executive Committee, including General Manager and Deputy General Manager. Board of Directors of 19 members, including Chair and Vice-Chair; its 6 ex-officio directors are the central bank Governors of Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and the UK and the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the US Federal Reserve System; each may appoint another member of the same nationality. Statutes also provide for election to the Board of a maximum of 9 Governors of other member central banks; currently elected members are the central bank Governors of Canada, China, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and the President of E-XF2923 - European Central Bank (ECB). General Manager; Deputy General Manager. General Secretariat. Monetary and Economic Department; Banking Department. General Counsel.


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GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities



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