Attendance at the World Bank Group (WBG) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) Annual Meetings is by invitation only. All participants must be accredited before the Meetings, and are strongly encouraged to register as early as possible to avoid delays. Participants are divided into different registration categories, described below. Please determine your category and follow the registration instructions for that category.
An Annual Meetings badge is required for all attendees to enter the WBG and IMF facilities throughout the week of the Meetings. Staff with a WBG or IMF-issued photo ID will be able to access the buildings with their staff badge. Other registration types require accreditation, with the process defined below. A spouse must be credentialed to attend the Meetings in his/her own right. Spouse/dependent badges are not issued.
All participants must display their Annual Meetings badge to enter through perimeter checkpoints. It is not advisable however, to wear badges outside of the perimeter.
Delegates should register through their respective Executive Director's office and should contact the Executive Director's office if they have not recieved a delegate registration form. Delegate badges for the Annual Meetings will be valid for entry into all World Bank Group and IMF buildings from Monday, October 9, through Friday, October 20. If you have any questions about delegate registration, please forward your inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Observer registration requests may be submitted online. Observers are the representatives of the international, regional and economic organizations that were pre-approved and invited by the World Bank Group and IMF. Please see the
list of Observer Organizations and submit your application as an observer if your organization is included in the list. If you have any questions about Observer registration, please forward your inquiry to
Guest registration closed on October 6. All Guests are subject to clearance and Guest accreditation is not transferrable.
Who may apply as a Guest?
Private Sector: Representatives from financial institutions and banks, commercial enterprises, consulting, and contractor firms.
Parliamentarians and senators.
Academia: University professors, researchers, faculty members, and students who have research and educational interest in the operations and affairs of the WBG/IMF. Documentation should be submitted with the application (an endorsement letter from the Head of Department or Vice Chancellor of the University) confirming status in the University and stating academic interest.
WBG Guest or IMF Guest?: Guests may choose to attend the Annual Meetings as WBG Guests or IMF Guests, but may not apply as a Guest to both institutions. Submitting Guest requests at both institutions will substantially delay the processing of your application. Except for restricted and private events, Bank Guests will have access to Fund events, and Fund Guests will have access to Bank events. If you have any questions about Guest registration, please forward your inquiries to
IMF Guests may submit registration requests
CSO registration closed on September 22.
Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) include a diverse range of 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 CSO representatives interested in participating in the Annual Meetings must obtain individual accreditation.
The Annual Meetings will feature a
Civil Society Policy Forum (CSPF), providing an open space for 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 Tuesday, October 10 to Friday, October 13, 2017. The program will include an orientation session on the World Bank Group; a roundtable with World Bank Group Executive Directors; and about 40, mainly CSO-organized, policy dialogue sessions that reflect the diversity of CSO policy concerns. All CSO representatives interested in participating in the CSPF must obtain individual accreditation. This accreditation will also provide access to open events of the 2017 Annual Meetings.
If you have any questions about the Civil Society Policy Forum, please send an email to
To attend the Annual Meetings, all working Press must obtain Annual Meetings credentials. Requests for media accreditation will be denied if applicants cannot establish that they are professional journalists. Press registration requests can be submitted online.
To be accredited, journalists must have valid press credentials issued by national or local authorities; or clear evidence that they 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 WBG/IMF to determine whether access to the Annual Meetings is granted.
If you have any questions about Press registration and/or want to submit documentation for accreditation, please forward your inquiries to
All WBG/IMF staff, including country office staff who have headquarters-issued regular WBG/IMF staff IDs, will be permitted to access WBG/IMF buildings with their staff photo ID throughout the week and weekend of the Annual Meetings.
An Annual Meetings badge is only required for staff that plan to attend the Plenary and for those staff that are invited to attend the IMF’s International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC), the G20 meeting of ministers of finance and central bank governors, or the Commonwealth Finance Ministers’ events. Attendance at the WBG/IMF Development Committee (DC) meeting is by invitation only; access is restricted to those who have been issued a DC pin, together with either their WBG/IMF Staff ID or Annual Meetings badge.
Staff who plan to attend the Plenary, or those that are required to attend the above-mentioned meetings, will need to be registered for an Annual Meetings badge in order to be admitted to the venue. Staff should contact the person coordinating Annual Meetings registration for their department to be registered.
Registered attendees may pick up their badges at the main registration counters in the lobby of the World Bank Group I Building (1850 I Street NW) from Monday, October 9, through Sunday, October 15. The Registration desks will be open from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM (subject to change). Facilities for onsite accreditation are very limited and onsite accreditation is not guaranteed. Walk-in registrations may not be accommodated.