OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM THE WORLD BANK REGARDING THE 2020 SPRING MEETINGS
Due to the evolving situation of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and growing health concerns, the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund (IMF) have agreed that the 2020 Spring Meetings will transition to a virtual format. Our overriding priority is to ensure the health and safety of Spring Meetings participants and staff. As a result, Spring Meetings registration for all categories has been suspended. Any registrations that have been previously confirmed are no longer valid and on-site registration will not be available. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions related to registration. We remain fully committed to engaging with key stakeholders on today’s pressing global economic challenges. Updates regarding the Meetings will be posted on AMWeb when available. If you have a business need to visit the World Bank Group offices in Washington, DC during the week of the Spring Meetings, please email your point of contact to make a request for a Visitor’s Badge. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this matter. For further queries, please email email@example.com.
The Annual Meetings occur ahead of the meetings of the International Monetary and Financial Committee, the Development Committee, the Group of Ten, the Group of Twenty-Four, and various other groups of members. At the conclusion of their meetings, the International Monetary and Financial Committee and the Development Committee, as well as several other groups, issue communiqués. The Annual Meetings will include a day of plenary sessions, during which Governors take up matters of business and consult with one another. At the Annual Meetings, the Boards of Governors make decisions on how current international monetary issues should be addressed and approve corresponding resolutions. The Annual Meetings are chaired by a Governor of the IMF and the Bank, with the chairmanship rotating among the membership each year. Every two years it elects Executive Directors. Each year any new members are welcomed into the IMF and the Bank.
Because the Annual Meetings bring such a large number of member country officials together, they provide opportunities for consultations large and small, formal and informal. Numerous seminars are held in conjunction with the meetings, including seminars conducted by staff members for members of the press. The Annual Meetings Program of Seminars is designed to foster creative dialogue among the private sector, government delegates and senior IMF and Bank officials. The Per Jacobsson Lecture on international finance, which is sponsored by a foundation set up in honor of the IMF’s third Managing Director, is also given each year in conjunction with the Meetings.
The Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the the World Bank Group (WBG) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) bring together central bankers, ministers of finance and development, parliamentarians, private sector executives, representatives from civil society organizations and academics to discuss issues of global concern, including the world economic outlook, poverty eradication, economic development, and aid effectiveness. Also featured are seminars, regional briefings, press conferences, and many other events focused on the global economy, international development, and the world’s financial system. It is uncertain whether this year’s events will take place in October. Please check back for details.
At the heart of the gathering are meetings of the IMF’s International Monetary and Financial Committee and the joint Development Committee, which discuss progress on the work of the IMF and the World Bank Group. Also featured are seminars, regional briefings, press conferences, and many other events focused on the global economy, international development, and the world’s financial markets.
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