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2006 Annual Meetings

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Information for
Civil Society Organizations (CSOs)


 

As of: September 7, 2006

The Annual Meetings of Boards of Governors of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group (WB) have customarily been held in Washington, DC for two consecutive years and in another member country in the third year.  In 2006, the Annual Meetings and related events will be held in Singapore between September 14-20.

Only accredited CSO representatives will be able to participate in the 2006 Annual Meetings.  The web-based accreditation system for CSOs closed on August 4, 2006 and no more requests for accreditation are being accepted. 

!!!   IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR THOSE WHO ALREADY SUBMITTED THEIR REQUEST FOR ACCREDITATION  !!!
If you have already submitted your request for accreditation (completed the 2nd stage of accreditation process), have received a confirmation that your request is being processed, but have not yet received a final message about your status, please wait for that note to come.  You are being processed and you do not need to worry about the August 4 deadline.  Those of you who submitted your requests late, may not receive the final note until early September.  If you have any questions, please write an email to: civilsociety@worldbank.org


As in previous years, the Civil Society Teams at the Bank and IMF will organize a Civil Society Forum for accredited CSOs during the 2006 Annual Meetings.

Accredited CSOs are responsible for obtaining a visa, if necessary, to enter Singapore.  Information on visa requirements

If you have any questions about the Annual Meetings and/or the accreditation process, please contact us at: civilsociety@worldbank.org.


  1. Civil Society Forum (Draft Program of the CSO Forum, September 7 version) !!!
  2. Annual Meetings - Schedule of Events

1.  Background on Planning for CSO Participation in the 2006 Annual Meetings

Leading up the Annual Meetings, the World Bank and IMF have been liaising with CSOs from the Asia and Pacific region, in an effort to ensure they have a prominent voice in the discussions and that they can participate in the Annual Meetings in meaningful ways. Concept Note

  • On May 31, 2006, representatives of the World Bank, IMF, and Asian CSOs participated in a meeting to discuss next steps on planning for civil society participation in the 2006 Annual Meetings of the World Bank and IMF, which will take place in September in Singapore.  Eight of the representatives met in the World Bank’s office in Tokyo, and the others participated via videoconference.  The discussion was a follow-up to the March 28-29 planning workshop which took place in Singapore.  A report back from these discussions
  • A Bank-IMF planning meeting with a group of 20 CSOs from the Asia and Pacific region was held in Singapore on March 28 and 29, 2006.  A report back from these discussions is now available.

A Singaporean government organizing team is supporting these efforts.  The World Bank responded to a letter by a number of CSOs on the issue of space for civil society engagement in the Annual Meetings.  The letters

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2. Singapore 2006 Discussion Forum

The Singapore 2006 organizing team created the Forum to allow for a borderless exchange of information and viewpoints and to address the various financial and developmental challenges confronting our regional and global economy today.  As a member of the Forum, you can network with other CSOs, business leaders, think-tanks and members from various international organizations. You can also participate in the discussions on various subjects/issues highlighted in the Forum. Please visit: http://app.singapore2006.org/forum/index.asp to register and participate.

We hope some of these discussions can lead to innovative solutions to be developed, and be shared at the Program of Seminars that will be held in Singapore during the IMF-World Bank Annual Meetings in September 2006.

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3. Accreditation and Registration/Badge Pick up

What are the criteria for accrediting CSOs to the Annual Meetings?

The IMF and World Bank will grant accreditation to CSOs that engage with the Bank and the IMF on a broad range of development and other issues related to the work of the Bank and IMF and in policy dialogue at the local, national and global level. All CSOs are welcome to apply for accreditation.

How does the accreditation process work for CSOs who wish to attend the Annual Meetings?

All CSO representatives who wish to participate in the 2006 Annual Meetings will need to obtain formal accreditation.  A fully web-based accreditation system opened on Friday, June 2 and closed on Friday, August 4, 2006.  No more requests for accreditation are being accepted.  All requests for accreditation have been reviewed by the external relations departments of the IMF (EXR) and the World Bank (EXT) and then are submitted for consideration to the office of the Executive Director (ED) of the IMF and the World Bank representing the country from which your request originates.  Upon receipt of the request, the ED has has had eight working days to grant or deny clearance.  All CSOs who submitted their accreditation requests before the deadline will be notified of the final decision within 30 working days (from the date your application was received) at the latest.  If you have not received a final confirmation of your status, please contact us at: civilsociety@worldbank.org.

What does the Annual Meetings accreditation entitle me to?

Accreditation to the 2006 Annual Meetings will grant each CSO representative access to the Suntec Conference Center, where the Annual Meetings will be held.  Your accreditation badge will be good from Monday, September 11 - Wednesday, September 20.  Accreditation entitles CSOs to access to the CSO Forum and workspace, Program of Seminars and some official events.  Accreditation to the 2006 Annual Meetings does NOT convey any additional privileges to the individual CSOs for any other meetings or events.  It also does NOT mean a permanent “consultative status” or “permanent accreditation”, as is the case in some UN organizations.  Each individual who wishes to participate in the Annual or Spring Meetings at any point in the future will have to request accreditation again and his/her accreditation request will also be reviewed again.

Badge pick up

Main Annual Meetings Registration area will open at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, September 11.  It will be located at Singapore City Hall.  This is where all Annual Meetings participants, including CSOs will come to pick up their badges.  Please have a copy of an email confirming your accreditation status with you in case of any problems.

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4. Civil Society Forum and Other Activities at 2006 Annual Meetings

All accredited CSOs will be given a “CSO badge” which will enable CSOs to participate in the Civil Society Forum, Program of Seminars sessions; and some official Annual Meetings sessions.

Civil Society Forum

During the 2006 Annual Meetings, the Civil Society Teams at the Bank and IMF will organize a Civil Society Forum for accredited civil society representatives.  The Forum dialogues will take place between September 14 – 20, 2006, and will be held in the CSO Center located in the Suntec Conference Center.  You must be accredited to attend the Forum. 

NEW !!!  Initial draft program of the Forum (as of Sept. 7, 2006) - [available in English only]

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5. Townhall with Heads of the World Bank and the IMF

As in previous years, the World Bank President and Managing Director of the IMF will participate in a townhall discussion.  All accredited CSOs will have an opportunity to ask their questions to the heads of the two institutions.  The meeting will be moderated and taped and posted on the Bank’s website for CSOs (http://www.worldbank.org/civilsociety) for wider viewing.

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6. Program of Seminars

All accredited CSOs will be able to participate in all sessions that will constitute the 2006 Program of Seminars taking place between Saturday, September 16, and Monday, September 18.  More information 

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7. Annual Meetings - Schedule of Events

CSOs, as all other visitors, will not be able to attend the opening session of the Annual Meetings (it will be televised throughout the conference center), but will be able to attend the rest of the plenary session. Schedule of Annual Meetings Events

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8. IMFC and Development Committee

Accreditation to the Annual Meetings does not entitle participants to attendance at the International Monetary and Finance Committee (IMFC) nor the Development Committee (DC). Only member country delegates have access to these meetings.  Background papers, statements by official delegates, and communiqués will be made available in the CSO space and the press center as soon as they are released (approximately a week prior to the Annual Meetings).

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9. CSO Meeting Rooms and Work Spaces

Accredited CSOs will have at their disposal a centrally located space in the Suntec Center, with access to representatives of the press as well as Bank/IMF and government officials, and other delegates to the Annual Meetings, and the events listed below. 

The CSO Center is located on the main floor of the Suntec Conference Center, to the left of the main entrance.  The Center is designated for use by accredited CSOs, so indicated by their CSO Badge.  The Center contains one large and one small meeting room.  CSOs wishing to schedule events in these rooms must contact Ms. Mien Tan from the World Bank's Civil Society Team at: htan2@worldbank.org to schedule in advance.  The CSO Center will also have 20 computers and 15 laptop connections to the internet, along with phones, printers, photocopier and a lounge area, all of which are available for use by CSO visitors on a first-come, first-served, shared basis.  Tables will be provided at the entrance of the CSO Center for display of CSO publications, and two closed-circuit televisions in the Center will show live coverage of official plenary speeches and press conferences.  A small information office located in the CSO Center will be staffed by World Bank and IMF staff and representatives of the Singapore 2006 organizing committee.  The CSO Center will be open throughout the duration of the Annual Meetings period, starting Wednesday, September 13 at 9:00 am through Wednesday, September 20 at 6 pm.

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10. Development Committee and International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC) Agenda and Documents

The Development Committee's (DC) mandate is to advise the Boards of Governors of the Bank and the IMF on critical development issues and on the financial resources required to promote economic development in developing countries.  The DC meets twice a year; in the spring in tandem with the International Monetary and Financial Committee, and in the fall before the Bank-IMF Annual Meetings. The agenda for the meetings is based on issues recommended by the Chairman, the President of the Bank, the Managing Director of the IMF, and the Executive Boards of the Bank and IMF. More about the DC

Provisional Agenda of the Development Committee Meeting, as well as documents to be discussed will be posted on the DC website approximately a week before the Annual Meetings.

The International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC) meets twice a year - in the spring and during the Annual Meetings of the Board of Governors.  Formerly known as the Interim Committee, the IMFC is an advisory committee to the Board of Governors of the IMF, whose composition reflects that of the Executive Board; each country that appoints, and each group that elects, an Executive Director, appoints a member to the Committee.  These members are governors of the IMF, ministers, or others of comparable rank.  The agenda for the meetings is based on issues recommended by the Chairman, the Managing Director of the IMF, and the Executive Board of the IMF. More about the IMFC 

Provisional Agenda of the IMFC Meeting, as well as documents to be discussed will be posted on the IMFC website approximately a week before the Annual Meetings.

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11. Access to Press Conferences/Contacts with Journalists

Accreditation does not grant CSOs direct access to the press room where the press conferences are held.  The IMF/WB civil society team staffs will facilitate CSO contacts with journalists upon request.

Leafleting or other disruption by CSOs inside the press room, in the press conference areas, or in other meeting venues will not permitted.  Violation of these rules will result in an immediate revocation of accreditation for individual(s) involved for the remainder of the Annual Meetings.

CSOs wishing to hold press conferences in the Suntec Conference Center may submit a request to: civilsociety@worldbank.org.  Requests will be reviewed by the IMF/WB external relations staffs and space will be granted on a first come, first served space availability basis. 

Copies of all WB/IMF press releases, and other public documents will be made available in the civil society area, as they become available.  CSOs will also have a table adjacent to the press conference area for them to display their materials.

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12. Visa

The Singaporean government created a website where information on visa requirements can be found: http://www.singapore2006.org/sections/travellers/visa.html.  The IMF and the World Bank do not assist in the visa process.  We are, nonetheless, happy to issue you a letter confirming your accreditation status and send it to you, in case this facilitates your visa request process.  Should you need one, please send us an email at: civilsociety@worldbank.org. CSOs are encouraged to allow plenty of time for visa processing to avoid delays.

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13. Transportation from and to the Airport

More information will be posted here once available.  Please visit the host government’s website with essential information for travelers at: http://www.singapore2006.org/sections/travellers/visitors_essentials.html.

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14.  Hotel Information

Please visit the website of the organizers in Singapore for information about available accommodation: http://www.singapore2006.org/sections/visitors/accommodation.html.

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Please contact the Civil Society Teams at the World Bank and the International Monetary IMF for further information.

World Bank Civil Society team:      civilsociety@worldbank.org
IMF Civil Society team:                 ngoliaison@imf.org


Last updated: September 7, 2006

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Singapore Annual Meetings website (World Bank/IMF)
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