July 10, 2020 |
Ongoing health concerns put Oct. 12-18 meeting online, mirroring Spring meeting format
The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank said on Thursday it will hold their annual meetings in October primarily online due to the ongoing health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a joint statement the two multilateral lending institutions said the format means the annual event, scheduled for October 12 through October 18, will be held "in a primarily virtual format this year." The two Washington, DC-based organizations were forced to hold their Spring Meetings online in April because of the pandemic.
"While we are preparing for a virtual scenario, we remain flexible with the format of the meetings in light of developments and will work, in consultation with our Executive Boards, to accommodate the needs of our membership. Our goal is to serve our membership effectively while ensuring the health and safety of Annual Meetings’ participants, staff, and the local community in the Washington DC area," the three paragraph statement said.