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2008 Spring Meetings

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The 2008 Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank will be held over the weekend of April 12-13 at the World Bank and IMF Headquarters in Washington, D.C.  As in previous years, a Program of Policy Dialogues for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) will be held between April 10 – 13, 2008.

The World Bank and International Monetary Fund civil society teams will also be offering an Orientation Session on the World Bank Group and IMF for interested CSO representatives attending the 2008 Spring Meetings. Registration for this session is now closed.  If you have already applied, we will reply regarding the status of your application.

Accreditation (Online registration closed on March 23, 2008)
Civil Society Participation in Spring Meetings
Civil Society Policy Forum
Orientation Session on the World Bank and IMF for Civil Society Representatives (NEW!) 
Registration and Badge pick-up
CSO Meeting Rooms/Work Spaces at the Spring Meetings
Access to Press Conferences/Contacts with Journalists
IMFC and Development Committee
Visa
Transportation from and to the Airport(s)

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Accreditation

Accreditation is now closed.

All CSO requests for accreditation are first reviewed by the External Affairs Department of the Bank (EXT) and the External Relations Department of the Fund (EXR).  EXT/EXR will then forward the individual applications for accreditation to the respective Executive Director's office (based on the country from which the request originated), for clearance. The Executive Directors have 8 working days to approve or reject the requests for accreditation. At the end of this process, the applicant will be notified by the Civil Society Team (EXT/EXR) of the final decision.

The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund accredit CSOs that engage with the Bank and the Fund on a broad range of development issues and programs at the local, national, and global level. There is no limit to the number of members of any organization who can request accreditation but please note that each application for accreditation only applies to the individual who submits the information.

Accredited individuals will be issued a color-coded badge, valid from Monday, April 7 - Sunday, April 13, that will entitle them access to the World Bank MC building, where the Civil Society Policy Forum sessions will be held, and the Fund HQ1 building, where the press room and CSO press room are located. If you have appointments in other buildings, you might have to be met by a WB/IMF staff member to ensure access to the building.

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Civil Society Participation in Spring Meetings
The Spring Meetings are generally held on a smaller scale than the Annual Meetings in the Fall.  Accredited CSOs will be able to participate in the Civil Society Policy Forumand the Orientation Session. Please note that there is a separate registration process for the Orientation Session.

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Civil Society Policy Forum
The WB and IMF Civil Society Teams are in the process of organizing the Civil Society Policy Forum during the 2008 Spring Meetings. The Forum will comprise of a series of policy dialogue sessions which bring together Bank and Fund staff, CSO representatives, government officials, and others to discuss important issues being addressed during the 2008 Spring Meetings. All accredited CSO representatives are welcome to attend the sessions which will be held at the Bank’s Main Complex Building between Thursday, April 10 and Sunday, April 13, 2008.

Please check our website for regular updates on the Civil Society Policy Forum schedule

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Orientation Session on the World Bank Group and IMF for CSO Representatives
The World Bank and International Monetary Fund civil society teams will be offering an Orientation Session on the Bank Group and the Fund for interested CSO representatives attending the 2008 Spring Meetings.  The session will be held on Wednesday, April 9 at the World Bank Headquarters building in Washington, DC. The purpose of the session is to provide basic information to CSOs participating in the Spring Meetings on Bank and Fund history, structure, policies and programs. Topics covered in this session will include: the Bank’s country assistance strategies, project cycle, and governance policies; and the Fund’s mission cycles, economic surveillance work, and policies for low-income countries. There will also be a hands-on computer training session on how to locate policy and project documents on Bank Group and Fund databases. 

Registration is now closed.

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Registration and Badge pick-up
The Spring Meetings Registration office and badge pick-up will be located in the World Bank H building (600 19th Street, NW) and will be open during the week of the Meetings from Monday, April 7 through Sunday, April 13.

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Civil Society Meeting Rooms/Work Spaces at the Spring Meetings
CSO representatives accredited to the Spring Meetings will have at their disposal two meeting spaces in the IMF and WB buildings available from Thursday, April 10, through Monday, April 14.
The CSO press room will be located in B-615 on the blue level (2L)  in the HQ1 building of the International Monetary Fund (700 19th Street, NW), right next to the main press room and can be used for meetings with journalists, CSO press conferences etc. It will be equipped with a limited number of computers, printers, copier and a live feed from the press conference room.  All communiqués and other press releases, once public and made available to the journalists, will also be distributed in that space.

At the World Bank Main Complex building (1818 H Street NW), CSOs will be able to access the CSO space located on the C1 level. The Civil Society Policy Forum Dialogue sessions, organized by CSOs and World Bank/IMF staff, will be held in the two (2) adjacent conference rooms (MC C1-100 and MC C1-110) on that level. There will be wireless internet connection in that space, a photocopier, as well as two (2) smaller meeting rooms for CSO use.

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Access to press conferences/contacts with journalists
Accreditation provides CSOs access to the Press Room, but not to the press conferences. Accredited CSOs, however, will be able to follow the press events via a live TV feed located in the CSO press room next to the main Press Room. IMF/WB Civil Society Team staff will distribute IMF/WB press releases, official communiqués, reports and other public documents on the tables in the CSO press room as they become available.

The IMF/WB Civil Society Team staff is happy to facilitate CSO contacts with journalists upon request. Leafleting by CSOs in the Press Room is prohibited. CSOs may discreetly hand out materials to interested journalists, and a table for CSO materials will be provided in the Press Room.

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IMFC and Development Committee
The Development Committee's mandate is to advise the Boards of Governors of the Bank and the Fund on critical development issues and on the financial resources required to promote economic development in developing countries. The IMFC has the responsibility of advising, and reporting to, the Board of Governors of the IMF on matters relating to the Board of Governors' functions in supervising the management and adaptation of the international monetary and financial system. Both committees meet twice a year in the spring (Spring Meetings); and in the fall before the Bank-Fund Annual Meetings.

The agenda for the DC and IMFC meetings is based on issues recommended by the Chairmen, the President of the Bank (DC-only), the Managing Director of the Fund, and the Executive Boards of the Bank and Fund (Fund-only for IMFC). Please check back for updates on the provisional agenda of the IMFC and Development Committee as well as the documents to be discussed.

CSO accreditation 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 room and will be posted online.

2008 Spring Meetings official website More about the DC More about the IMFC

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Visa
The IMF and the World Bank do not assist in the application process for a United States entry visa.  We are, however, able to issue you a letter confirming your accreditation status once you have received your accreditation, to facilitate the visa application process.  To request a letter of confirmation, please contact us via email at: civilsociety@worldbank.org.

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Transportation from and to the airport(s)
The World Bank and/or the International Monetary Fund do not provide transportation services to and from the airport(s) for CSOs participating in the Spring Meetings. We suggest that you refer to the websites of the respective local airports (see below) for the form of transportation you prefer (i.e. bus, metro, taxi). 

Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority

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If you have any questions, please contact us by email at: civilsociety@worldbank.org or   ngoliaison@imf.org, by phone: (1-202) 473-1840, or by fax: (1-202) 522-7131.


Last updated: 2008-03-24




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