IMF, World Bank to hold April meetings in 'virtual format'

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The spring gathering of finance ministers and central bankers will be shifted to a "virtual format" due to the coronavirus epidemic.
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The spring gathering of finance ministers and central bankers scheduled for April in Washington, DC will be shifted to a “virtual format” due to the coronavirus epidemic, the International Monetary Fund and World Bank announced.

The twice-yearly meetings of development-lending institutions attract thousands of officials, journalists and private-sector participants from 180 member countries — just the kind of gathering health authorities are advising against.

IMF Chief Kristalina Georgieva and World Bank President David Malpass said in a joint statement that “given growing health concerns related to the virus, we will switch the meetings to a virtual format.

This was the latest in a series of major events that have been canceled or postponed, including the ASEAN summit of world leaders.

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