World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings - Washington D.C., April 2008
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Spring Meetings 2008 - Each Spring, the joint Bank-IMF Development Committee and the IMF's International Monetary and Financial Committee hold meetings to discuss progress on the work of the Bank and Fund. This year the meetings will be held over a 2-day period, from April 12 to 13, at the WB and IMF headquarters in Washington D.C. The event will consist of a series of policy dialogue sessions, which will bring together WB and IMF staff, civil society organisations representatives, and governments delegates. *** See IFIwatchnet special section and contribute to the Spring Meetings WEBLOG ***

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