WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The International Monetary Fund and World Bank said on Tuesday they will hold 2022 annual meetings fully in person in October, marking their first major gatherings to return to pre-pandemic conditions since October 2019.
The two institutions said in a joint statement that would hold the meetings Oct. 10-16 at their neighboring headquarters in Washington, but will monitor health conditions and may adjust their plans accordingly.
The IMF and World Bank spring and annual meetings were held in a largely virtual format in 2020, while shifting in 2021 to a hybrid format with country delegations meeting in person but media and public policy events held virtually. Prior to the pandemic, the meetings typically drew over 10,000 people to a cluster of office buildings near the White House.
(Reporting by David Lawder)