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All working press must obtain Meetings accreditation. Journalists can register on-line at https://www.wbimf-ams.org/press. The registration deadline is Friday, September 16, 2005.

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, the U.S. Department of Defense, or the USIA Foreign Press Center.

  • 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:

    Press Registration
    Executive Board and Member Services Section (12-100)
    International Monetary Fund
    Washington, DC 20431


Journalists traveling from overseas to cover the Annual Meetings, who are not citizens or permanent residents of the U.S., are reminded that they will need to display a valid I visa to immigration officials at their port of entry into the U.S.

Before departure, participants are requested to obtain entry visas for the United States from the U.S. diplomatic or consular missions in their countries. The lack of a valid visa may cause authorities to deny boarding at the port of embarkation, as well as delays in clearance with immigration authorities upon arrival at the port of entry into the United States.

Participants should be aware that changes are being made to U.S. immigration procedures for certain countries, including some which are currently under the Visa Waiver Program. It is strongly recommended that all participants check with their nearest U.S. diplomatic or consular mission or on the internet at http://travel.state.gov/visa/visa_1750.html, for the procedures that will be in effect at the time of the Annual Meetings. If visas are required, applications should be made as early as possible to allow sufficient time for processing.
  • Broadcast networks and organizations seeking accreditation for large numbers of staff are asked to submit a single request listing staff by name and job description via email to press@imf.org, or by fax to [1] 202-623-4100.

  • 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.

Requests for accreditation will be denied if 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 electronically. If you have any questions about accreditation, please send all inquiries to media@imf.org.


Representatives of Civil Society Organizations should visit "Information for CSOs" for details on CSO accreditation.

who have been approved for accreditation can pick up credentials starting at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, September 19, at the Press Registration Desk, entrance located on the south side of G Street, between 19th and 20th Streets of the World Bank's H Building (600 19th Street), NW, Washington, DC. You are required to present press credentials and photo identification.

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 that will be set up during the weekend of Sept 24-25 at the Washington Marriott Hotel (1221 22nd Street, N.W., Georgetown Ballroom). This registration site will remain open until the close of the meetings on Sunday, Sept. 25.

The Annual Meetings credential grants access to the Press Room, press conferences, and briefings in IMF Headquarters.


The Press Room at IMF Headquarters, 700 19th St. NW, Red and Blue Levels, will open at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 20, and close on Sunday evening, September 25. All Press should enter IMF Headquarters through the tent at 19th and H streets NW.

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 19, through special arrangements with the IMF's Media Relations Division (media@imf.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.

For information regarding non-local and international dial telephone lines please contact Peggy Scott or Cathy Harty at (202) 623-6666.


The World Bank and IMF media relations divisions handle requests for interviews with World Bank and IMF 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.


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 Annual Meetings web site.


To inquire about the limited video and audio transmission arrangements from IMF Headquarters, please send an email to media@imf.org, or a fax to [1] 202-623-6772. Inquiries should be submitted no later than Monday, September 19.


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
  • The International Monetary and Financial Committee of the Board of Governors

  • The Development Committee, known officially as the Joint Ministerial Committee of the Boards of Governors of the Bank and the Fund on the Transfer of Real Resources to Developing Countries.

  • The Group of 24 Ministers, which is known officially as the Intergovernmental Group of Twenty-Four on International Monetary Affairs and Development.

  • The Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors of the Group of Seven major industrial countries generally hold a meeting in Washington, D.C., at the time of the Autumn Annual Meetings. Arrangements for the G-7 meeting are made by the U.S. Treasury (www.treas.gov).


A schedule of the press conferences will be posted later.
All press briefings are transcribed and posted on the external web sites of the World Bank Group and IMF as soon as possible. Many of the official World Bank and IMF press events are webcast live.


World Bank Press Office





Nazanine Atabaki

(202) 458-1450

(202) 522-2616


Ana Luna Barros

(202) 473-2907

(202) 522-2616


Cynthia McMahon (Photo Pools)

(202) 473-2243

(202) 522-2632



International Monetary Fund Press Office





William Murray

(202) 623-7064

(202) 623-6772


Frances Hardin

(202) 623-4123

(202) 623-6772


Rani Vedurumudi (Photo Pools)

(202) 623-7082

(202) 623-6772


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