| INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND AND WORLD BANK GROUP
2004 Spring Meetings
APRIL 24–25, 2004 WASHINGTON, D.C.
|2004 Spring Meetings Home
|Information for Journalists|
All working press must obtain Meetings accreditation.The registration deadline is Friday, April 16, 2004.
To be accredited, you must hold valid press credentials, or provide substantive evidence of professional bona fides:
PRESS CREDENTIALS PICK-UP
Journalists who have been approved for accreditation can pick up credentials starting at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, April 19, at the World Bank's H Building Auditorium, G Street entrance, between 19th and 20th Streets, NW, Washington, DC. You are required to present press credentials bearing a photograph.
The Spring Meetings credential grants access to the Press Room, press conferences, and briefings in IMF Headquarters.
PRESS ROOM ARRANGEMENTS
The Press Room at IMF Headquarters, 700 19th St. NW, Red and Blue Levels, will open at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 21, and close on Sunday evening, April 25.
Technicians for financial news wires and other accredited news organizations may access the IMF Headquarters press room starting at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 20, through special arrangements with the IMF's Media Relations Division (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The IMF Headquarters press room has limited space, and operates on a first come, first-served basis. Each desk will be equipped with power outlets and a telephone that enables only free local calls. Long-distance calls may be placed collect, or through telephone credit cards. Journalists will be able to purchase telephone cards on site for direct-dial long-distance calls. Press Room telephones can be used for data transmission via personal laptops. Self-service fax machines will be available in the Press Room, although use will require a major credit card. Computers are not provided to journalists.
Internet kiosks will be available in the Press Rooms. The Internet kiosks allow easy access to the IMF web site and World Bank Group web site. The web sites will have links to a joint Spring Meetings' site containing the schedule of press events, as well as transcripts, news releases, and other information as it becomes available.
The IMF and World Bank media relations divisions handle requests for interviews with IMF and World Bank officials during the Meetings. However, the press officers do not service interview requests for official delegations to the Meetings. Those requests must be made directly to the delegations.
TV AND STILL PHOTO POOLS
The photo opportunities at the start of ministerial committee meetings (Group of 24, Group of 10, International Monetary and Financial Committee and Development Committee) will be pooled. A selection of still photos in high resolution will be available after each event on the Spring Meetings web site.
TELEVISION TRANSMISSION AND FACILITIES
To inquire about the limited video and audio transmission arrangements from IMF Headquarters, please send an email to email@example.com, or a fax to  202-623-6772. Inquiries should be submitted no later than Friday, April 16.
Journalists planning to cover the Spring Meetings are responsible for making their own hotel arrangements. The District of Columbia's official tourism web site offers some hotel booking services, and guidance. The web site is located at www.washington.org.
Except for brief photo-opportunities at the start of the meetings, press cannot attend the meetings of
All press briefings are transcribed and posted on the external web sites of the IMF and World Bank Group as soon as possible.