Meetings Boards of Governors
International Monetary Fund
World Bank Group
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
September 19–28, 2000
The Annual Meetings traditionally are held in Washington two years out of three and, in order to reflect the international character of the two institutions, every third year in a different member country. In addition to the meetings of the Boards of Governors, the Development Committee and the International Monetary and Financial Committee are officially convened.
Around these meetings, IMF and the Bank organize a number of fora to facilitate the interaction of governments and IMF-Bank staff with non-governmental organizations (NGOs), journalists, and the private sector. Indeed, every effort is made to ensure that the Annual Meetings provide an effective forum for explaining to the public - directly and through the media - the tasks, objectives, and outcomes of the work of the Bank and the IMF. In this manner, the Meetings make a major contribution to openness and transparency.
About 15,000 people attend the meetings, including about 4,000 members of delegations from the member countries of the IMF and the Bank, roughly 1,500 representatives of the media, and more than 5,000 visitors and special guests drawn primarily from private business, the banking community and NGOs. In addition, IMF and Bank staff participate in the meetings with officials of government delegations.