The Bretton Woods countries have decided not to give the IMF the power of a global central bank. Instead, they agreed to contribute to a solid pool of national currencies and gold, which would be held by the IMF. Each member country of the Bretton Woods system then had the right to borrow as part of its dues, which it needed. The IMF was also responsible for implementing the Bretton Woods agreement. As chief international economist at the U.S. Treasury, Harry Dexter White designed the U.S. Cash Access Project in 1942/44, which rivaled Keynes` plan for the British Treasury. Overall, White`s system tended to favour incentives to create price stability in the world`s economies, while Keynes wanted a system that promoted economic growth. The “collective agreement was a huge international undertaking,” which took two years before the conference to prepare for it. It consisted of numerous bilateral and multilateral meetings to find a common basis for determining the policies that would be behind the Bretton Woods system. The Bretton Woods Agreement was launched in 1944 at a conference of all allied nations of the Second World War.
It took place in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire. The Bretton Woods rules, set out in the articles of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), provide for a fixed exchange rate system. The rules also aimed to promote an open system by requiring members to convert their respective currencies into other currencies and to make free trade. The security of money by the gold standard began to become a serious problem in the late 1960s. In 1971, the problem was so serious that U.S. President Richard Nixon announced that the possibility of converting the dollar to gold was “temporarily” suspended. The stage was inevitably the last straw for the system and the agreement that sketched it. Members were required to repay their debts within 18 months to 5 years. In exchange, the IMF began to establish rules and procedures to prevent a country from going into debt from year to year. The Fund would “monitor” other economies for the United States.