Spring Meetings 2012 : Schedule
2012 Spring Meetings, Washington D.C.
International Monetary Fund
World Bank Group
2012—Washington D.C.
Spring Meetings

Tentative Schedule of Events

Last Updated: April 23, 2012
Events open to all Spring Meetings attendees.

Monday, April 16
Time Event Venue
8:00 a.m. Press Credentials Pick-Up Opens 1850 I Street, NW, Washington, DC
8:00 a.m. Press Room Opens IMF Headquarters (HQ2)
Tuesday, April 17
Time Event Venue
9:00 a.m. Press Briefing: World Economic Outlook (WEO); by Olivier Blanchard, IMF Economic Counsellor and Director of Research Department
Webcast webcast  | Transcript Transcript  | Video video  | Story Story  |
Blog blog  | Podcast audio  
Main Press Briefing Room, HQ 2, IMF Headquarters
11:00 a.m. Press Briefing: Fiscal Monitor Report; by Carlo Cottarelli, Director of the IMF's Fiscal Affairs Department
Webcast webcast   | Transcript |  Video video  | Story Story | Blog blog
Main Press Briefing Room, HQ 2, IMF Headquarters
Wednesday, April 18
Time Event Venue
9:00 a.m. Press Briefing: Global Financial Stability Report (GFSR); by José Viñals, Financial Counsellor and Director of the IMF's Monetary and Capital Markets Department
Webcast webcast  | Transcript Transcript  | Video video  | Story Story  | Blog blog
Main Press Briefing Room, HQ 2, IMF Headquarters
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Event: Close the Gap: Safety Nets Work with Robert B. Zoellick, President of the World Bank Group World Bank MC Building, Atrium
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Press Conference: World Bank Latin American & Caribbean Regional Economic Outlook with Agusto de la Torre, World Bank Chief Economist for Latin America and the Caribbean World Bank I Building, I2-220
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Seminar: Building Better Policies World Bank J Building, J1-050
4:15 pm - 5:45 pm. Fiscal Forum: Roundtable Discussion on Fiscal Policy Agenda
Webcast webcast
IMF HQ2, Conference Hall 1
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Event: Jobs or Growth, Which Comes First? with Robert B. Zoellick, President of the World Bank Group World Bank MC Building, Preston Auditorium
Thursday, April 19
Time Event Venue
8:45 a.m. Press Briefing: IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde
Webcast webcast   | Transcript transcript  | Story story  | Podcast audio
Main Press Briefing Room, HQ 2, IMF Headquarters
9:45 a.m. Press Briefing: World Bank President Robert Zoellick
Webcast webcast   | Transcript Transcript
Main Press Briefing Room, HQ 2, IMF Headquarters
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Press Conference: World Bank Middle East and North Africa Economic Development Prospects, Employment Miracles, with Inger Andersen, World Bank MENA Vice President IMF HQ2, 3-748
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Executive Colloquium: Investment, Infrastructure and Integrity / Public & Private Perspectives World Bank MC Building, C2 131
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Forum: Reducing Murder Rates in Central America: Searching for Practical Solutions, with Robert B. Zoellick, President of the World Bank Group World Bank J Building, J B1-080
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Book Launch: The Economics of Public Health Care Reform in Advanced and Emerging Economies
Opening remarks: IMF Deputy Managing Director Min Zhu
Video video
HQ1-01-704
12:45 p.m. Photo-op of G20-Deputies Family Picture
(Cameras only. Photojournalists should assemble 15 minutes prior to the event starting time in the press room at the IMF/World Bank Press Desks).
Photo photo
HQ1 Atrium
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Forum: Inequality - A Threat to Economic and Social Development World Bank I Building,
I 2-250
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Event: Closing the Gap: Financial Inclusion, with Robert B. Zoellick, President of the World Bank Group World Bank MC Building, Preston Auditorium
2:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Seminar: Latin America Under the Threat of a New Global Storm: Ready or Overconfident? (World Bank & Inter-American Development Bank) World Bank J Building, J 1-050
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Forum: Catalyzing Change for Results in Africa - The Role of Capacity Development World Bank J Building, J B1-080
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Seminar: Breaking Down Barriers: A New Dawn in Trade and Regional Cooperation in South Asia World Bank I Building,
I 2-220
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Report Launch: Opening Doors: Gender Equality in the Middle East and North Africa Region World Bank MC Building, MC 4-800
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Seminar: The Political Economy of Subsidy Reform: Lessons for the MENA Region
Webcast webcast
IMF HQ2, Conference Hall 1
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Event: Supporting Social Accountability for Better Results, with Robert B. Zoellick, President of the World Bank Group World Bank MC Building, Preston Auditorium
6:00 p.m. Press Briefing: G-24 Meeting
Webcast webcast  | Transcript transcript  | Communiqué communique  
Main Press Briefing Room, HQ 2, IMF Headquarters
Friday, April 20
Time Event Venue
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Press Briefing: IMF Middle East and Central Asia Regional Economic Outlook Update; by Department Director Masood Ahmed
Webcast webcast | Story (Middle East) story |
Story (Caucasus and Central Asia) story
IMF HQ2, 3-748
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Seminar: The Rise of Social Safety Nets (Africa) World Bank J Building, J B1-080
10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Press Briefing: IMF Asia and Pacific Economic Outlook; by Department Director Anoop Singh
Webcast webcast | Story story | Transcript transcript
IMF HQ2, 3-748
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Press Briefing: IMF Latin America and the Caribbean: Outlook and Challenges; by Department Director Nicolas Eyzaguirre
Webcast webcast | Story story
IMF HQ2, 3-768
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Forum: New Frontiers on Women's Empowerment and Voice: Views from Around the World World Bank J Building, J 1-050
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. IMF Euro Area Crisis Seminar with Reza Moghadam, Director, IMF European Department
Webcast webcast | Transcript transcript
Main Press Briefing Room, HQ 2, IMF Headquarters
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Press Conference: World Bank Eastern Europe and Central Asia Economic Update, with Philippe Le Houérou, World Bank Vice-President for ECA IMF HQ2, 3-748
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Forum: Jobs and Policy Response to the Crisis with the International Labour Organization Wold Bank I Building,
I 2-250
12:15 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. G20 Ministers Photo-op
(Cameras only. Photojournalists should assemble 15 minutes prior to the event starting time in the press room at the IMF/World Bank Press Desks).
Photo photo
HQ1 Atrium
12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Report Launch: Global Monitoring Report World Bank MC Building, MC C1-100
2:00 p.m. Press Briefing: G-20/IMFC
Webcast webcast  | Transcript transcript  | Communiqué communique  |
Joint Statement joint statement  | Press Release press release  | Story story
Main Press Briefing Room, HQ 2, IMF Headquarters
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Forum: 2012 Sanitation and Water for All High Level Meeting Wold Bank J Building,
J B1-080
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Forum: Connect for Climate: Local Climate, Global Change. Development Communication in a Social Media Landscape World Bank MC Building, MC C1-100
2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Seminar: A Narrow Path for the Global Economy
Moderator: Charlie Rose, Anchor, "Charlie Rose" on PBS/Bloomberg, Anchor, "CBS This Morning"
No filming or flash photography during this seminar
Webcast webcast
IMF HQ2, Conference Hall 1
4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. Forum: Creating Opportunity, Generating Jobs, a Conversation with CEOs Wold Bank J Building,
J 1-050
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Forum: The Resilience Dialogue World Bank MC Building, MC C2-131
Saturday, April 21
Time Event Venue
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Seminar: It's All About JOBS: From Asia to Africa World Bank MC Building, MC 4-800
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Forum: Banking on Women (International Finance Corporation) World Bank MC Building, MC C2-131
9:30 a.m. International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC) Plenary
Photo Opportunity for “Group Photo” (photojournalists should assemble 15 minutes prior to the event starting time in the press room at the IMF/World Bank Press Desks)
IMF Headquarters (HQ2)
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Forum: A New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States: Making the New Deal Real World Bank MC Building, MC 2-800
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Press Briefing: African Finance Ministers
Webcast webcast | Story story
IMF HQ2, 3-748
12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. Press Conference: Launch of Netherlands Contribution to Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) World Bank IFC Building, IFC-11-P-145
PM (TBC) Press Briefing: IMFC Chair Tharman Shanmugaratnam and IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde
Webcast webcast | Transcript transcript | Story story
Main Press Briefing Room, HQ 2, IMF Headquarters
3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Seminar: Asia's Rebalancing: Regional and Global Implications
Moderator: Nobutaka Murao, NTV
Video video
IMF HQ1, Gallery
TBD Development Committee (DC) Meeting Start [CAMERAS ONLY]
Photo Opportunity at the beginning of the DC meeting. This will start immediately following the group photo.
Preston Auditorium, World Bank Headquarters
TBD Development Committee Press Briefing: Marek Belka, Development Committee Chair; Robert Zoellick, World Bank President; Christine Lagarde, IMF Managing Director
Webcast webcast | Communiqué communique
Main Press Briefing Room, HQ 2, IMF Headquarters
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Banque de France Panel on Financial Stability Review
Lagarde Speech Speech
IMF HQ1, Gallery
Sunday, April 22
Time Event Venue
8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Forum: Financial Inclusion: From Principles to Action World Bank J Building, J B1-080
12:00 p.m. Press Briefing following the African Consultative Group (ACG) Meeting, with IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde and members of the ACG
Webcast webcast  | Transcript transcript | Story Story  | Blog blog
Main Press Briefing Room, HQ 2, IMF Headquarters
Monday, April 16
Time Event Venue
8:00 a.m. Press Credentials Pick-Up Opens 1850 I Street, NW, Washington, DC
8:00 a.m. Press Room Opens IMF Headquarters (HQ2)
Tuesday, April 17
Time Event Venue
9:00 a.m. Press Briefing: World Economic Outlook (WEO); by Olivier Blanchard, IMF Economic Counsellor and Director of Research Department
Webcast webcast  | Transcript Transcript  | Video video  | Story Story  |
Blog blog  | Podcast audio  
Main Press Briefing Room, HQ 2, IMF Headquarters
11:00 a.m. Press Briefing: Fiscal Monitor Report; by Carlo Cottarelli, Director of the IMF's Fiscal Affairs Department
Webcast webcast   | Transcript |  Video video  | Story Story | Blog blog
Main Press Briefing Room, HQ 2, IMF Headquarters
Wednesday, April 18
Time Event Venue
9:00 a.m. Press Briefing: Global Financial Stability Report (GFSR); by José Viñals, Financial Counsellor and Director of the IMF's Monetary and Capital Markets Department
Webcast webcast  | Transcript Transcript  | Video video  | Story Story  | Blog blog
Main Press Briefing Room, HQ 2, IMF Headquarters
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Event: Close the Gap: Safety Nets Work with Robert B. Zoellick, President of the World Bank Group World Bank MC Building, Atrium
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Press Conference: World Bank Latin American & Caribbean Regional Economic Outlook with Agusto de la Torre, World Bank Chief Economist for Latin America and the Caribbean World Bank I Building, I2-220
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Seminar: Building Better Policies World Bank J Building, J1-050
4:15 pm - 5:45 pm. Fiscal Forum: Roundtable Discussion on Fiscal Policy Agenda
Webcast webcast
IMF HQ2, Conference Hall 1
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Event: Jobs or Growth, Which Comes First? with Robert B. Zoellick, President of the World Bank Group World Bank MC Building, Preston Auditorium
Thursday, April 19
Time Event Venue
8:45 a.m. Press Briefing: IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde
Webcast webcast   | Transcript transcript  | Story story  | Podcast audio
Main Press Briefing Room, HQ 2, IMF Headquarters
9:45 a.m. Press Briefing: World Bank President Robert Zoellick
Webcast webcast   | Transcript Transcript
Main Press Briefing Room, HQ 2, IMF Headquarters
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Press Conference: World Bank Middle East and North Africa Economic Development Prospects, Employment Miracles, with Inger Andersen, World Bank MENA Vice President IMF HQ2, 3-748
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Executive Colloquium: Investment, Infrastructure and Integrity / Public & Private Perspectives World Bank MC Building, C2 131
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Forum: Reducing Murder Rates in Central America: Searching for Practical Solutions, with Robert B. Zoellick, President of the World Bank Group World Bank J Building, J B1-080
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Book Launch: The Economics of Public Health Care Reform in Advanced and Emerging Economies
Opening remarks: IMF Deputy Managing Director Min Zhu
Video video
HQ1-01-704
12:45 p.m. Photo-op of G20-Deputies Family Picture
(Cameras only. Photojournalists should assemble 15 minutes prior to the event starting time in the press room at the IMF/World Bank Press Desks).
Photo photo
HQ1 Atrium
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Forum: Inequality - A Threat to Economic and Social Development World Bank I Building,
I 2-250
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Event: Closing the Gap: Financial Inclusion, with Robert B. Zoellick, President of the World Bank Group World Bank MC Building, Preston Auditorium
2:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Seminar: Latin America Under the Threat of a New Global Storm: Ready or Overconfident? (World Bank & Inter-American Development Bank) World Bank J Building, J 1-050
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Forum: Catalyzing Change for Results in Africa - The Role of Capacity Development World Bank J Building, J B1-080
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Seminar: Breaking Down Barriers: A New Dawn in Trade and Regional Cooperation in South Asia World Bank I Building,
I 2-220
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Report Launch: Opening Doors: Gender Equality in the Middle East and North Africa Region World Bank MC Building, MC 4-800
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Seminar: The Political Economy of Subsidy Reform: Lessons for the MENA Region
Webcast webcast
IMF HQ2, Conference Hall 1
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Event: Supporting Social Accountability for Better Results, with Robert B. Zoellick, President of the World Bank Group World Bank MC Building, Preston Auditorium
6:00 p.m. Press Briefing: G-24 Meeting
Webcast webcast  | Transcript transcript  | Communiqué communique  
Main Press Briefing Room, HQ 2, IMF Headquarters
Friday, April 20
Time Event Venue
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Press Briefing: IMF Middle East and Central Asia Regional Economic Outlook Update; by Department Director Masood Ahmed
Webcast webcast | Story (Middle East) story |
Story (Caucasus and Central Asia) story
IMF HQ2, 3-748
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Seminar: The Rise of Social Safety Nets (Africa) World Bank J Building, J B1-080
10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Press Briefing: IMF Asia and Pacific Economic Outlook; by Department Director Anoop Singh
Webcast webcast | Story story | Transcript transcript
IMF HQ2, 3-748
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Press Briefing: IMF Latin America and the Caribbean: Outlook and Challenges; by Department Director Nicolas Eyzaguirre
Webcast webcast | Story story
IMF HQ2, 3-768
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Forum: New Frontiers on Women's Empowerment and Voice: Views from Around the World World Bank J Building, J 1-050
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. IMF Euro Area Crisis Seminar with Reza Moghadam, Director, IMF European Department
Webcast webcast | Transcript transcript
Main Press Briefing Room, HQ 2, IMF Headquarters
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Press Conference: World Bank Eastern Europe and Central Asia Economic Update, with Philippe Le Houérou, World Bank Vice-President for ECA IMF HQ2, 3-748
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Forum: Jobs and Policy Response to the Crisis with the International Labour Organization Wold Bank I Building,
I 2-250
12:15 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. G20 Ministers Photo-op
(Cameras only. Photojournalists should assemble 15 minutes prior to the event starting time in the press room at the IMF/World Bank Press Desks).
Photo photo
HQ1 Atrium
12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Report Launch: Global Monitoring Report World Bank MC Building, MC C1-100
2:00 p.m. Press Briefing: G-20/IMFC
Webcast webcast  | Transcript transcript  | Communiqué communique  |
Joint Statement joint statement  | Press Release press release  | Story story
Main Press Briefing Room, HQ 2, IMF Headquarters
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Forum: 2012 Sanitation and Water for All High Level Meeting Wold Bank J Building,
J B1-080
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Forum: Connect for Climate: Local Climate, Global Change. Development Communication in a Social Media Landscape World Bank MC Building, MC C1-100
2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Seminar: A Narrow Path for the Global Economy
Moderator: Charlie Rose, Anchor, "Charlie Rose" on PBS/Bloomberg, Anchor, "CBS This Morning"
No filming or flash photography during this seminar
Webcast webcast
IMF HQ2, Conference Hall 1
4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. Forum: Creating Opportunity, Generating Jobs, a Conversation with CEOs Wold Bank J Building,
J 1-050
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Forum: The Resilience Dialogue World Bank MC Building, MC C2-131
Saturday, April 21
Time Event Venue
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Seminar: It's All About JOBS: From Asia to Africa World Bank MC Building, MC 4-800
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Forum: Banking on Women (International Finance Corporation) World Bank MC Building, MC C2-131
9:30 a.m. International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC) Plenary
Photo Opportunity for “Group Photo” (photojournalists should assemble 15 minutes prior to the event starting time in the press room at the IMF/World Bank Press Desks)
IMF Headquarters (HQ2)
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Forum: A New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States: Making the New Deal Real World Bank MC Building, MC 2-800
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Press Briefing: African Finance Ministers
Webcast webcast | Story story
IMF HQ2, 3-748
12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. Press Conference: Launch of Netherlands Contribution to Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) World Bank IFC Building, IFC-11-P-145
PM (TBC) Press Briefing: IMFC Chair Tharman Shanmugaratnam and IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde
Webcast webcast | Transcript transcript | Story story
Main Press Briefing Room, HQ 2, IMF Headquarters
3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Seminar: Asia's Rebalancing: Regional and Global Implications
Moderator: Nobutaka Murao, NTV
Video video
IMF HQ1, Gallery
TBD Development Committee (DC) Meeting Start [CAMERAS ONLY]
Photo Opportunity at the beginning of the DC meeting. This will start immediately following the group photo.
Preston Auditorium, World Bank Headquarters
TBD Development Committee Press Briefing: Marek Belka, Development Committee Chair; Robert Zoellick, World Bank President; Christine Lagarde, IMF Managing Director
Webcast webcast | Communiqué communique
Main Press Briefing Room, HQ 2, IMF Headquarters
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Banque de France Panel on Financial Stability Review
Lagarde Speech Speech
IMF HQ1, Gallery
Sunday, April 22
Time Event Venue
8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Forum: Financial Inclusion: From Principles to Action World Bank J Building, J B1-080
12:00 p.m. Press Briefing following the African Consultative Group (ACG) Meeting, with IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde and members of the ACG
Webcast webcast  | Transcript transcript | Story Story  | Blog blog
Main Press Briefing Room, HQ 2, IMF Headquarters