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Box 17 - Singapore on the World Map –  
IMF-World Bank Annual Meetings  
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  Box 17 Singapore on the World Map – IMF - World Bank Annual Meetings
 
In September 2006, Singapore will welcome 16,000 delegates and visitors to the 2006 Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the IMF and the World Bank Group. This is the largest international meeting Singapore has ever hosted and a key event on the calendar for the international financial community.

MAS and the Ministry of Finance lead an inter-agency committee that is working on all aspects of organising this significant event.

This year, the Annual Meetings return to Asia after a nine-year break. As host, Singapore intends to focus the world’s attention on the vibrancy and dynamism of Asia after the Asian financial crisis and how Asian countries are working together to accelerate growth and investments in this region.

Apart from the Annual Meetings, there will be other significant meetings and events held on the sidelines. These include the Group of Seven, Group of Ten and Group of 24 Finance Minister Meetings, and the Program of Seminars jointly organised by IMF, World Bank and the host government for the first time.

A number of international forums will also be held to facilitate interaction, networking and the exchange of ideas among the government delegates and chief executives from the leading financial institutions. These include the Per Jacobsson Lecture by the Per Jacobsson Foundation, the International Banking Seminar by the Group of Thirty, the Institute of International Finance Annual Membership Meeting and the Raffles Forum by the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.

Taking place from 13 to 20 September 2006 and collectively known as Singapore 2006, these meetings will showcase Singapore as a global city with a world of opportunities. Heads of government, finance ministers and central bank governors from 184 countries, global chief executives from leading companies and financial institutions as well as the international media will be attending the event. Singapore 2006 will allow these senior business leaders and decision makers to experience first hand, Singapore’s strengths as a leading international business and financial centre.