IMF, World Bank to hold virtual spring meetings due to coronavirus: joint statement

FILE PHOTO: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) headquarters building is seen ahead of the IMF/World Bank spring meetings in Washington, U.S., April 8, 2019. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank on Tuesday said they will adopt a “virtual format” for their Spring Meetings in April instead of convening in Washington, given concerns about the fast-spreading coronavirus.

The institutions’ Spring Meetings, scheduled this year for April 17-19, usually bring some 10,000 government officials, journalists, business people and civil society representatives from across the globe to a tightly packed, two-block area of downtown Washington, DC, that houses their headquarters.

Reporting by Andrea Shalal, Editing by Franklin Paul

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