The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank announced that the annual meetings planned to be held in Morocco in October this year will be held in Washington due to the COVID-19 pandemic, while next year’s meetings will be held in Marrakech.
In the joint statement made by the two institutions, it was stated that the annual meeting plan in Morocco was postponed to 2023.
In the statement, it was noted that as a result of consultations with Morocco, the annual meetings planned to be held in Marrakech in October this year will be held in Washington due to the ongoing uncertainties regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
The annual meetings, which are held in October each year, are held every three years outside of Washington, where the headquarters of the IMF and World Bank are located.
It is recorded in the records that the IMF-World Bank Annual Meetings to be held in Morocco next year were held in Indonesia in 2018, Peru in 2015, Japan in 2012, and Turkey in 2009.
The IMF and World Bank Annual Meetings bring together member countries’ finance ministers, central bank governors, private sector executives, representatives of non-governmental organizations, and members of the media to discuss issues of global importance.
The two institutions, which have held their annual meetings virtually since the onset of the COVID-19 epidemic, held some face-to-face activities at the meeting held in October last year.