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. At the spring and annual meetings there are meetings of the World Bank-IMF Development Committee and the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC). Each committee is made of up ministers or central bank governors. There are equivalent numbers and the same constituency systems as is used at the Executive boards of the institutions. At the annual meetings, the governors of the World Bank and IMF also meet in plenary sessions.

Until the 2008 financial crisis, both the spring and annual meetings were preceded by meetings of the G7 finance ministers. Amid an unfolding global financial crisis, for the first time the 2008 annual meetings included a meeting of G20 finance ministers. The 2009 annual meetings witnessed the last meetings of the G7 finance ministers, with all future spring and annual meetings accompanied by G20 finance minister meetings. The spring and annual meetings also include meetings of the finance ministers of the G-24 group of developing countries.

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 have 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, Ontario, Canada
1985 Seoul, South Korea
1988 Berlin, Federal Republic of Germany
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, Ontario, 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[2]
2003 September 23 to 24 Dubai, United Arab Emirates[3]
2004 October 3 Washington, D.C., United States[4]
2005 September 24 to 25 Washington, D.C., United States[5]
2006 September 19 to 20 Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Singapore[6]
2007 October 20 to 22 Washington, D.C., United States[7]
2008 October 13 Washington, D.C., United States[8]
2009 October 6 to 7 Istanbul, Turkey[9]
2010 October 8 to 10 Washington, D.C., United States[10]
2011 September 23 to 25 Washington, D.C., United States[11]
2012 October 9 to 14 Tokyo, Japan[12]
2013 October 11 to 13 George Washington University, Washington, D.C., United States[13][14]
2014 October 10 to 12 George Washington University, Washington, D.C., United States[15]
2015 October 9 to 11 Lima, Peru[16]
2016 October 7 to 9 George Washington University, Washington, D.C., United States[17]
2017 October 13 to 15 George Washington University, Washington, D.C., United States[18]
2018 October 8 to 14 Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia[19]
2019 October 14 to 20 Washington, D.C., United States[20]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Singapore takes flak for ban on protests". The Sunday Times (Singapore). 2006-09-10. Archived from the original on 2006-09-14. Retrieved 2006-09-10.
  2. ^ http://www.imf.org/external/am/2002/
  3. ^ http://www.imf.org/external/am/2003/
  4. ^ http://www.imf.org/external/am/2004/
  5. ^ http://www.imf.org/external/am/2005/
  6. ^ http://www.imf.org/external/am/2006/
  7. ^ http://www.imf.org/external/am/2007/
  8. ^ http://www.imf.org/external/am/2008/
  9. ^ http://www.imf.org/external/am/2009/
  10. ^ http://www.imf.org/external/am/2010/
  11. ^ http://www.imf.org/external/am/2011/
  12. ^ http://www.imf.org/external/np/sec/pr/2011/pr11220.htm
  13. ^ http://www.imf.org/external/am/2013/
  14. ^ GW Today - Five Updates on the Global Economy from Christine Lagarde’s ‘Hardtalk’ Interview
  15. ^ http://www.imf.org/external/am/2014/
  16. ^ http://www.imf.org/external/am/2015/
  17. ^ http://www.imf.org/external/am/2016/
  18. ^ http://www.imf.org/external/am/2017/
  19. ^ https://meetings.imf.org/en/2018/Annual
  20. ^ https://meetings.imf.org/en/2019/Annual

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