Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group

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The IMF and World Bank meet each autumn in what is officially known as the Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group and each spring in the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group. Names of the two groups are alternated each year so a different one has top billing.

The autumn meetings are customarily held in Washington, D.C., United States for two consecutive years, and in another member country in the third year. On the weekend of the autumn meetings the G7 also meets. The 2006 Annual Meetings and their supporting events were held from 11–20 September 2006 at the Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre in Singapore.

Since the mid-1990s, these meetings have centerpoints for anti-globalization movement protests. There have been complete bans on outdoor protests in the 2003 meetings in Dubai, United Arab Emirates as well as the 2006 meeting in Singapore, where only indoor demonstrations within a designated area is permitted. Some argue that such bans are out of safety concerns, while others consider them an effort to curb dissent. These measures has led to retaliatory actions by NGOs who targeted the organisers, as well as the IMF and World Bank for allegedly picking venues which are known to impose such restrictions.[1]

List of Annual Meetings[edit]

Year Date Venue
1947 London, United Kingdom
1950 Paris, France
1952 Mexico City, Mexico
1955 Istanbul, Turkey
1958 New Delhi, India
1961 Vienna, Austria
1964 Tokyo, Japan
1967 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1970 Copenhagen, Denmark
1973 Nairobi, Kenya
1976 Manila, Philippines
1979 Belgrade, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
1982 Toronto, Canada
1985 Seoul, South Korea
1988 Berlin, German Democratic Republic
1991 Bangkok, Thailand
1994 Madrid, Spain
1996 September 26 to October 3 Sheraton Washington Hotel, Washington, D.C., United States
1997 September 17 to 25 Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong, People's Republic of China
1998 September 29 to October 8 Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, D.C., United States
1999 September 25 to 30 Headquarters of the International Monetary Fund, Washington, D.C., United States
2000 September 19 to 28 Prague, Czech Republic
2001 November 17 to 18 World Bank Group/International Monetary Fund Headquarters, Washington, D.C., United States

Ottawa, Canada (meetings of the International Monetary and Financial Committee and the Development Committee)

2002 September 29 World Bank Group/International Monetary Fund Headquarters, Washington, D.C., United States
2003 September 23 to 24 Dubai, United Arab Emirates
2004 October 3 Washington, D.C., United States
2005 September 24 to 25 Washington, D.C., United States
2006 September 11 to 20 Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Singapore
2007 Washington, D.C., United States
2008 Washington, D.C., United States
2009 Istanbul, Turkey
2010 October 8 to 10 Washington, D.C., United States
2011 September 23 to 25 Washington, D.C., United States
2012 October 9 to 14 Tokyo, Japan[2]

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