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Published Date: 06 February 2004

Launch of the Official Logo for Singapore 2006 International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group Boards of Governors Annual Meetings

Singapore, 6 Feb 2004...The official logo of the Singapore 2006 International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank Group Boards of Governors Annual Meetings was launched today at the Arts House. The official website for Singapore 2006, , also went "live."

2   The logo was launched at an event hosted by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), aimed at fostering closer interaction with the finance community. 

3   Singapore Cultural Medallion recipient, artist Chua Ek Kay painted a stylistic version of the Singapore 2006 logo during the launch. In the outlines of the bud, the logo represents Singapore's potential for continuing growth in the global economy. Petals bond to signify the unity of financial leaders to achieve common goals at the Meetings. Selected from 39 designs submitted by 14 local and international companies, the logo was designed by local creative and branding consultancy company atomz i! pte ltd.  See Annex B (388.8 KB) for a visual of the logo and the detailed explanation of the design.

4   In the welcome remarks at the event, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Lee Hsien Loong noted that the choice of Singapore as the Annual Meeting's venue is recognition of Singapore's commitment to the IMF and World Bank Group. It endorses the progress made in the development of Singapore's financial sector, Singapore's pro-business environment and its excellent infrastructure. It will further enhance Singapore's standing as an international financial centre.

5   "We would like to invite strong participation from the community. Singapore 2006 is a major national event. It is an opportunity for Singapore to create a lasting impression on all guests and delegates, and to showcase the various aspects of Singapore's vibrant economy and creative society", said Mr Goh Chye Boon, Co-Chairman of the Singapore 2006 Planning Committee.

6   The 2006 Annual Meetings is expected to draw about 16,000 participants from the world, including 184 IMF-World Bank Group member countries. To plan and organise the event, an inter-agency organising committee has been working together since Sep 2002. The committee comprises senior officials from the Ministry of Finance, MAS, other ministries and statutory boards.  Please refer to Annex A (78.4 KB) for information on the Annual Meetings of the IMF and World Bank Group.