Annual Meetings Registration and Accreditation

Annual Meetings Badges Available Beginning Monday, October 9, 2017

The Registration Office is open for badge pickup daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., from Monday, October 9 - Sunday, October 15.

Attendance to the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund (IMF) Annual Meetings is by invitation only. All participants must be accredited in advance of the Meetings. To facilitate accreditation and registration, the participants are divided into different categories, described below. Please determine your registration category and submit your registration request accordingly.

Please note that an onsite Registration Desk operates for issuance of participant badges to those who are already accredited. Facilities for onsite accreditation are very limited and onsite accreditation is not guaranteed. Please plan your attendance at the Annual Meetings events in advance.

Participants are strongly encouraged to register as soon as possible to avoid delays.



Delegates are governmental officials of the member countries of the World Bank Group and IMF. Delegates are registered through the Bank and IMF Offices of Executive Directors. If you have any questions about Delegate registration, please forward your inquiries to or


Observer registration is now open. Observers to the 2017 Annual Meetings consist of (i) representatives of organizations invited to attend or participate in meetings of the joint Development Committee (DC) and the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC) of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and (ii) representatives of organizations invited to the 2016 Annual Meetings. The Executive Boards of the World Bank Group and the IMF have approved that organizations invited to the 2016 Annual Meetings as observers also be invited as observers to the 2017 Annual Meetings. If you have any questions about Observer registration, please forward your inquiry to

Observer Registration Request >

Civil Society Representatives

As in previous years, the World Bank Group and the IMF will host the Civil Society Policy Forum (CSPF) ahead of the official 2017 Annual Meetings. The CSPF provides an open space for Civil Society organizations (CSOs) to dialogue and exchange views with World Bank Group and IMF staff, their peers, government delegations, and other stakeholders on a wide range of topics. The CSPF will convene in Washington, D.C. from October 10 to October 13

All CSO representatives interested in participating in the CSPF must obtain individual accreditation. This accreditation will also provide access to all the open events of the 2017 Annual Meetings. For purposes of registration, CSOs include non-governmental organizations, community groups, labor unions, indigenous peoples movements, faith-based organizations, professional associations, foundations, think tanks, charitable organizations, and other not-for-profit organizations. All other participants - such as representatives from the private sector, academia or governmental bodies - must apply for accreditation through the "Guests" or other relevant registration category.

The online registration system for civil society registration is now open and will close on September 22, 2017. The registration process could take up to three weeks and no new registration requests will be accepted after this deadline, so CSO representatives are encouraged to apply early.

For more information please visit the CSPF website. If you have any questions about the Annual Meetings or the CSPF, please send an email to (World Bank) or

CSO Registration Request >


Press Registration Requirements

Members of the Press with valid credentials are invited to attend the 2017 Annual Meetings. Online registration opened on July 31, 2017 and will close on Saturday, October 14, 2017. All working Press must have Annual Meetings credentials to attend the Meetings. To be accredited, Press must present one of the following:

  1. Valid press credentials issued by national governments or authorities;


  2. Clear evidence that you are on assignment from a specific news organization or publication. This applies to all freelancers, including photographers. 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.

If such credentials are not held or are in question, it will be at the discretion of the IMF and the WBG to determine whether access to the Annual Meetings could be granted. If you have any questions about Press, please contact

Press who already have IMF Connect accounts AND who previously attended the IMF Annual or Spring Meetings as Press may register here.

All other Press may register here.


Guests are parliamentarians and senators, private sector, and academia.

All Guests are subject to clearance. Online registration opened on July 31, 2017 and will close on Friday, October 6, 2017. Because the clearance process may take up to two weeks, Guests are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Guest accreditation is not transferrable.

Who may apply as a Guest?

  1. Parliamentarians and Senators.
  2. Private Sector: Representatives from financial institutions and banks, commercial enterprises, consulting, and contractor firms who have professional interest in the operations and affairs of the IMF and the WBG.
  3. Academia: University professors, researchers, and faculty members who have professional and educational interest in the operations and affairs of the IMF and the WBG. For students interested in attending, an endorsement letter is required from the Head of Department or Vice Chancellor of the University confirming status in the University and stating academic interest. ( Note: Supporting documentation should be submitted with the online application ).

IMF Guest or WBG Guest?

Guests are requested to choose whether they are to be listed as IMF Guests or WBG Guests, based on their focus during the Annual Meetings. The choice of the Fund or the Bank will not preclude access to venues and events at the other institution. Therefore, except for restricted events, all IMF and WBG Guests will have access to both Fund and Bank venues. (Note: Submitting Guest registration requests to both institutions will substantially delay the processing of your application).

IMF Guests who already have IMF Connect accounts may register here.

All other IMF Guests may register here.

WBG Guests may register here.

World Bank Group and IMF Former Employees

Former Bank and IMF staff members who continue to have business interest in the affairs of both organizations are invited to apply for Guest accreditation at the 2017 Annual Meetings and to complete the Guest Registration Request.

If you have any questions about Guest registration, please forward your inquiries to: for IMF Guest Registration for WBG Guest Registration.