| WORLD BANK GROUP AND INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND
2005 Spring Meetings
APRIL 16–17, 2005 WASHINGTON, D.C.
|2005 Spring Meetings Home
|Information for Journalists|
All working press must obtain Meetings accreditation. To be accredited, journalists must hold valid press credentials, or provide substantive evidence of professional bona fides:
PRESS CREDENTIALS PICK-UP
Representatives of Civil Society Organizations should visit "Information for CSOs" for details on CSO accreditation.
Journalists who have been approved for accreditation can pick up credentials starting at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, April 11, at the Press Registration Desk, located on the ground floor of the World Bank's MC Building (1818 H Street), NW, Washington, DC. You are required to present press credentials bearing a photograph.
Journalists who have not collected their Spring Meetings credentials prior to April 14 can only do so at the Meetings Satellite Registration Desk (location to be announced at a later date).
The Spring Meetings credential for press 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 13, and close on Sunday evening, April 17.
Technicians for financial news wires and other accredited news organizations may arrange for advanced access to the IMF Headquarters press room starting at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 12, 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. The Press Room provides wireless (Wi-Fi) access for personal laptops.
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, 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 8.
Journalists who need accommodation during the Spring Meetings can book hotel rooms through the Hotel Accommodation Office. For reservation and booking information, please go to https://www.ambassadorstechnology.com/housing/index.cfm?shc_id=1807&pressblock=29018.The District of Columbia offers hotel booking services, and guidance on its official tourism web site: www.washington.org.
Except for brief photo-opportunities at the start of the meetings, press cannot attend the meetings of
A schedule of the press conferences will be posted later.
All press briefings are transcribed and posted on the external web sites of the IMF and World Bank Group as soon as possible.