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SEPTEMBER 23-24, 2003  Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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  Last updated: May 01, 2006
All times are Dubai time (GMT +4), unless otherwise indicated. Events are not open to the Public.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 
9:00 a.m. 
(1:00 a.m. Washington time)
Opening of 2003 Annual Meetings Press Room    
2:00 p.m. 
(6:00 a.m. Washington time)
Briefing on Annual Meetings logistics and arrangements by the World Bank, IMF and UAE Ministry of Information   main press conference room

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 
10:00 a.m. 
(2:00 a.m. Washington time)
World Economic Outlook press conference
Kenneth Rogoff, Counsellor and Director, Research Department

Webcast (Windows Media Player)
Transcript
   
3:00 p.m. 
(7:00 a.m. Washington time)
Press briefing on the economic outlook for the Middle East region by IMF Middle Eastern Department Director George Abed
Webcast (Windows Media Player)
Transcript

   

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 
10:00 a.m. 
(2:00 a.m. Washington time)
World Bank Middle East and North Africa region "Unlocking the Employment Potential in the Middle East and North Africa" press conference
Webcast (Windows Media Player)
Transcript
   
4:30 p.m.
(8:30 a.m. Washington time)
Press conference by World Bank President James Wolfensohn
Webcast (Windows Media Player)
Webcast (Real Player)
Transcript
   
5:45 p.m.
(9:45 a.m. Washington time)
Press conference by IMF Managing Director Horst Köhler
Webcast (Windows Media Player)
Transcript
   

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 
Sept. 20 - Sept. 22Annual Meetings Program of Seminars (PoS)
Webcast of PoS: UAE Country Briefing (Windows Media Player)
Webcast of PoS: Investment and Trade Opportunities in Saudi Arabia (Windows Media Player)
Webcast of PoS: Financial Sector Reform & Private Sector Development (Windows Media Player)
Webcast of PoS: International Rivers as Catalysts (Windows Media Player)
Webcast of PoS: Foreign Direct Investment (Windows Media Player)
Webcast of PoS: Getting Serious about the Millennium Development Goals (Windows Media Player)
Webcast of PoS: Structuring Aid to Sustain Governance (Windows Media Player)
Webcast of PoS: From Doha to Cancun (Windows Media Player)
Webcast of PoS: Lessons from Managing Systemic Banking Crises (Windows Media Player)
Webcast of PoS: Capstone Roundtable: The Road to Prosperity: Beyond Good Intentions (Windows Media Player)
   
9:00 a.m. 
(1:00 a.m. Washington time)
World Bank Middle East and North Africa region press briefing on Iraq
Transcript
   
9:00 a.m. 
(1:00 a.m. Washington time)
G-24 Ministers Meeting
Communiqué
   
12:00 p.m. 
(4:00 a.m. Washington time)
African Finance Ministers press briefing by Hon.Ng'andu P. Magande, MP, Minister of Finance & National Planning for Zambia, Hon. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Minister of Finance for Nigeria, Hon.B.R. Kukuri, Deputy Minister of Finance for Namibia, Hon. Jean Baptiste Compaore, Minister Delegate to the PM in charge of Budget and Finance for Burkina Faso, Hon. Michel Meva'a Meboutou Minister of Economy and Finance for Cameroon, and Hon Ali Badjo Gamatie Minister of Finance for Niger
Webcast (Windows Media Player)
   
3:15 p.m. 
(7:15 a.m. Washington time)
G-24 Chair press conference
Webcast (Windows Media Player)
   
1:15 p.m. 
(5:15 a.m. Washington time)
IMF press briefing on West Bank/Gaza
Transcript
   
4:00 p.m. 
(8:00 a.m. Washington time)
IMF press briefing on Latin America
Transcript
   
6:45 p.m. 
(10:45 a.m. Washington time)
France press briefing    

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 
9:30 a.m. 
(1:30 a.m. Washington time)
International Monetary and Financial Committee Meeting
Communiqué
   
10:00 a.m. 
(2:00 a.m. Washington time)
World Development Report 2004 press conference
Nick Stern, World Bank Senior Vice President and Chief Economist,
Shantayanan Devarajan, Director of the World Development Report
Transcript
   
3:00 p.m.
(7:00 a.m. Washington time)
Per Jacobsson Foundation Lecture: The Arab World: Performance and Prospects, by Abdlatif Yousef Al-Hamad, Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates, National Bank of Dubai    
4:45 p.m.
(8:45 a.m. Washington time)
Press conference by UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown, Chairman of the International Monetary and Financial Committee, and IMF Managing Director Köhler
Webcast (Windows Media Player)
Transcript
   
5:30 p.m.
(9:30 a.m. Washington time)
Townhall Meeting with Civil Society Organizations
Webcast (Windows Media Player)
Transcript
   

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 
9:00 a.m. 
(1:00 a.m. Washington time)
Development Committee Meeting
Communiqué
   
10:00 a.m. 
(2:00 a.m. Washington time)
IMF press briefing on Afghanistan    
3:45 p.m. 
(7:45 a.m. Washington time)
Press conference by South African Minister of Finance Trevor Manuel, Chairman of the Development Committee, and World Bank President Wolfensohn
Transcript

Webcast (Windows Media Player)
   
Approx. 5:30 p. m. 
Argentina Press Briefing
H.E. Roberto Lavagna, Minister of Economy and Production Guillermo Nielsen, Secretary of Finance, Ministry of Economy and Production
  Room: Al Aweer
5:30 p. m. 
Press Conference
Media Committee for Dubai 2003
The Infrastructure Fund which the Bank has established with a capital of 1.5 Billion to finance infrastructure projects for the private sector in member countries.
  Fairmount Hotel
6:15 p. m. 
Press Statement
John Snow, US Treasury Secretary Signing of the Financial Agreement between the United States and Turkey for a loan of up to US$8.5 billion (Photo-OP: Ali Babacan, Turkish Minister of State for the Economy, and John Snow, US Treasury Secretary)
  Room: Deira
6:45 p. m. 
Press Conference
Iraqi Governing Council Roundtable Forum
  Room: Al Khawaneej

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 
10:00 a.m. 
(2:00 a.m. Washington time)
Annual Meetings - Opening Session
Webcast (Windows Media Player)
Webcast of Opening Remarks by Horst Köhler, Chairman of the Executive Board and Managing Director of the IMF (Windows Media Player)
Opening Remarks by James D. Wolfensohn, President of the World Bank Group
   
2:15 p. m. 
Press Event
Singapore Signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to ratify Singapore's hosting of the 2006 Board of Governors Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group.
  Room: Ras Al Khaima
3:00 p.m. 
(7:00 a.m. Washington time)
Annual Discussion
   
5:00 p. m. 
Indian Press Briefing   Room: Al Mamzar

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 
9:30 a.m. 
(1:30 a.m. Washington time)
Annual Discussion    
3:00 p.m. 
(7:00 a.m. Washington time)
Annual Discussion
Closing Remarks by Horst Köhler, Chairman of the Executive Board and Managing Director of the IMF
Webcast of Closing Remarks (Windows Media Player)
   
5:00 p.m. approx.
(9:00 a.m. Washington time)
Concluding press conference by Kaspar Villiger, Swiss Minister of Finance, and Chairman of the 2003 Annual Meetings, World Bank President Wolfensohn and IMF Managing Director Horst Köhler
Webcast (Windows Media Player)
   

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