|2004 Annual Meetings Boards of Governors
International Monetary Fund
World Bank Group
OCTOBER 3, 2004 WASHINGTON, D.C.
All working press must obtain Meetings accreditation. The registration deadline was Friday, September 24, 2004.
To be accredited, you 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, September 27, 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 Annual Meetings credentials prior to the establishment of the security perimeter around the Fund and Bank buildings can only do so at the Annual Meetings Satellite Registration Desk located in the Potomac Room of the Melrose Hotel at 2430 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. This desk will open at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 29 and remain open until the close of the Meetings on Sunday, October 3.
The Annual 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 Tuesday, September 28, 2004, and close on Sunday evening, October 3, 2004.
Technicians for financial news wires and other accredited news organizations may access the IMF Headquarters press room starting at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, September 27, 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 Annual Meetings' site (URL) 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 Annual 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, September 24.
Journalists who need accommodations during the Annual Meetings can book hotel rooms through the Hotel Accommodation Office. For reservation and booking information, please go to https://www.ambassadorstechnology.com\vis04. The District of Columbia also 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.
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