The [Annual Meetings](http://www.imf.org/external/am/2016/about.htm) of the Boards of Governors of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group (WBG) are being hosted in Washington, D.C. – October 7 through 9. The joint meetings bring together central bankers, ministers of finance and development, private sector executives, representatives from civil society organizations and academics to discuss issues of global concern. In addition to the Annual Meetings Plenary and a Civil Society Policy Forum, this year’s event features seminars and other events focused on the global economy, international development, and the world’s financial system:
* Inequality: Managing the Impact of Globalization and Technology
* Financial Inclusion not Exclusion: Managing De-Risking
* Overcoming Fragility: Why Jobs are Key
* The Shifting Global Economic and Political Landscape: Fragmentation or Integration?
* Toward A More Integrated East Asia – Economic Corridors and Infrastructure Connectivity
* Fragility and Conflict: Addressing the Causes and Consequences
* Catalyzing Private Finance for Development
* Making Trade an Engine of Growth for All
* One Year of the SDGs: Country Action and Progress
* Preventing Violent Conflict Through Development
* State of the Africa Region
* Ensuring an Enabling Environment for Digital Development
* Emerging Markets’ Response to Recent Exchange Rate Pressures
* The Future of Growth in the United States — What Goes up Must Come Down?
Also included are **Analytical Corner** Sessions on:
* Revisiting Tourism Flows to the Caribbean: What is Driving Arrivals?
* Resilience and Growth in the Small States of the Pacific
* Tearing Down Walls: Impact of Migrants in Host Economies
* Promoting Financial Inclusion to Boost Growth and Mitigate Income Inequality in Sub-Saharan Africa
And, a **“Postcard From”** Series:
* Macroeconomic adjustment comes knocking – teaching financial programming – Postcard from Argentina
* Four years of technical assistance – from emergency rescue to capacity development – Postcard from Mali
* Killing two birds with one statistics template – collecting data on natural resource revenue for better fiscal policy – Alberto – Postcard Series LIVE
* How IMF supported central banking in a war-torn country – Postcard from Somalia
The Annual Meetings include meetings of the [International Monetary and Financial Committee](http://www.imf.org/external/np/exr/facts/groups.htm#IC), the [Development Committee](http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/DEVCOMMEXT/0,,menuPK:7347955~pagePK:7347233~piPK:7347737~theSitePK:277473,00.html), the [Group of Ten](http://www.imf.org/external/np/exr/facts/groups.htm#G10), the [Group of Twenty-Four](http://www.imf.org/external/np/exr/facts/groups.htm#G24), and various other constituencies.
At the conclusion of their meetings, the International Monetary and Financial Committee and the Development Committee, as well as several other groups, issue communiqués.
**IMFC Calls for Strengthening Foundations for Inclusive and Sustainable Growth**
Today, Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors representing the International Monetary Fund’s 189 member countries, convened as the policy-guiding International Monetary and Financial Committee in Washington DC to discuss and explore critical economic and financial issues facing the global economy and the world’s monetary system. It was the 34th meeting of the key IMF body, and the second regular meeting in 2016.
[See Communiqué here](http://www.imf.org/en/News/Articles/2016/10/08/AM16-cm100816-Communique-of-the-Thirty-Fourth-Meeting-of-the-IMFC?cmpid=AM16).
Both the IMF and World Bank also hosted a series of seminars Oct 4-6. See [here](http://www.imf.org/external/POS_Meetings/externalpage.aspx?MeetingId=9) for a schedule and to watch a replay of the presentations.