| WORLD BANK GROUP AND INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND
2001 Spring Meetings
APRIL 26–30, 2001 WASHINGTON, D.C.
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|Information for Journalists|
The Spring Meetings and related events of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund (IMF) will be held in Washington, D.C., April 26-30, 2001.
The schedule of events and press conferences will be regularly updated on the joint Spring Meetings web site of the World Bank Group and IMF. This web site provides links to the press accreditation form that must be submitted by journalists for access to the Meetings, and to important information that will assist journalists in their preparation for the Meetings.
The Press Room at IMF Headquarters, 700 19th St. NW, will open at 8:00 a.m. on April 26. Technicians for financial news wires and other accredited news organizations may access the press room starting at 9:00 a.m. on April 25 through special arrangements with the IMF's Media Relations Division (firstname.lastname@example.org).PRESS ACCREDITATION AND REGISTRATION
The World Bank and IMF welcome journalists at their meetings. To obtain Meetings accreditation, journalists must complete the on-line registration form. The deadline for submission is April 16, 2001.
To request a paper copy of the registration form, send a request by facsimile to: ++1 (202) 623-4100
To be accredited, you must hold valid press credentials or provide substantive evidence of professional bona fides.
Journalists in the Washington area must have press credentials issued by either the White House, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the House and Senate Press Gallery, or the U.S. Department of Defense.
Journalists based outside Washington must have 1) press credentials issued by national or local authorities; or 2) must submit an assignment letter from their Editor, along with a copy of the publication. Submissions should be sent by mail to:
Freelance journalists, including photographers, must provide clear evidence they are on assignment from a specific news organization or publication. A valid assignment letter from that news organization, or publication, is required. Photographic agencies must provide clear evidence from a client news organization, or publication, as well.
Non-governmental organizations can secure one, non-transferable NGO Press badge per organization provided the person securing the accreditation is a bona fide staff member of a publication produced by that organization. The publication must have a circulation beyond the NGO's internal staff and membership. Evidence to support verification of the publication's circulation is required when the application is submitted.
Requests for accreditation will be accepted unless applicants cannot establish they are professional journalists, or the applications are incomplete. Applicants can check the status of their requests on-line by utilizing the URL received when an application is submitted. If you have any questions about accreditation, please send inquiries to email@example.com.
PRESS CREDENTIALS AND PRESS ROOM INFORMATION
The Spring Meetings credential grants access to the Press Room, press conferences, and briefings in IMF Headquarters, as well as at the World Bank Group.
PRESS ROOM AND COMMUNICATIONS ARRANGEMENTS
Internet kiosks will be available in the Press Rooms. However, email service will not be enabled, and journalists should arrange for email service via their own personal computers. The Internet kiosks allow easy access to the World Bank Group web site and the IMF web site. The web sites will have links to a joint Spring Meetings' site containing the evolving schedule of press events, as well as transcripts, news releases, and other information as it becomes available.
TV AND STILL PHOTO POOLS
TELEVISION TRANSMISSION AND FACILITIES
OFFICIAL AND PRESS EVENTS
The primary events are the meetings of
The World Economic Outlook (WEO) press conference on Thursday, April 26, is led by IMF Economic Counsellor and Research Department Director Michael Mussa and is devoted to the latest issue of the WEO. Published typically twice a year, the WEO contains projections and analysis that are an integral part of the IMF's surveillance of economic developments, policies in its member countries and of the global economic system. Copies of the IMF's WEO will be available on a strict embargo basis to the press 24 hours before the report's scheduled release. Embargoed copies can be secured electronically by sending a formal e-mail request to firstname.lastname@example.org. The WEO documents, together with the contents of the press conference, will be under strict embargo until 11:00 a.m. Washington time on April 26.
The World Development Indicators (WDI) is the World Bank's premier annual compilation of data about development. WDI 2001 includes 800 indicators in 85 tables, organized in six sections: world view, people, environment, economy, states and markets, and global links. The tables cover 148 economies and 15 country groups - with basic indicators for a further 63 economies. This year's release is expected to attract more attention than usual because of the increased emphasis on tracking progress towards the International Development Goals. The WDI will be available to the press on the World Bank's Online Media Briefing Center at http://media.worldbank.org approximately one week before the April 29 launch. The OMBC is a password-protected web site for journalists only.