Everything you need to know to follow the 2018 Annual Meetings

The IMF/World Bank Group Annual Meetings is an event you won’t want to miss. Join us042418-art_exhabition_preston-086_f for a week of seminars, regional briefings, press conferences, and many other events focused on the global economy, international development, and the world’s financial system. This year’s events will take place in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, October 8-14, 2018.

Find out why the World Bank, countries, and partners are coming together to try to close the massive human capital gap in the world today. Catch the launch of the new Human Capital Index on October 11, 2018, and spread the message that it’s critical to #InvestinPeople.


The World Bank Group, the International Monetary Fund, and the Government of Indonesia are also co-sponsoring a first-ever technology fair to bring innovation to the heart of the Annual Meetings.

This three-day “showcase” will feature 28+ innovators – companies from around the world – who will demonstrate the powerful role that technology can play in spurring development, strengthening financial development and inclusion, and improving health and education outcomes. The 2018 Innovation Showcase will run from October 11-13 in the Bali International Convention Center.

So, start planning your #WBGMeetings experience. Connect, engage and watch to take full advantage of everything the Meetings has to offer. We’ve got you covered on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Connect

Don’t miss your chance to connect with this year’s speakers, delegates and attendees face-to-face or online. If you’re attending in person, stop by the Digital Media Zone where you will be able to chat, recharge and connect with others.
The Meetings are attended by thousands of delegates from our member countries, observer organization representatives and members of the press. Hundreds of accredited civil society members also participate in the Meetings. Check out the 2018 Annual Meetings Participant List (pdf).

Featured speakers this year include:

Jim Yong Kim | President, World Bank Group
Christine Lagarde | Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
Kristalina Georgieva | Chief Executive Officer, World Bank
Sri Mulyani Indrawati | Minister of Finance, Indonesia

If you’re looking for publications, look no more. The Annual Meetings Bookstore, located in the lobby of the Westin Resort Nusa Dua, will feature World Bank Group and IMF publications for sale, as well as publications on Indonesian tourism and the economy. Click here for more information about the World Bank Group publications.

Engage

We’ll be live tweeting our World Bank Group events on our social media channels in English, Arabic, French and Spanish. Share, like and retweet! Join the discussion and submit your questions and remarks for events speakers and experts to answer!

Watch

Don’t worry if you can’t be at #WBGMeetings in person. We’ve got you covered with World Bank Live. Block out time now to watch our events live, and in case you miss it, you can still catch up with your favorite events on our events recap page or watch a replay.

Here’s a rundown of some of the events that we’ll be live-streaming on World Bank Live. For more, view the full schedule and subscribe to our Global Newsletter!

 

Investing in People: Power of the Human Capital

Why should countries invest in human capital? Can early health care and education prepare children to succeed and prosper as adults? What are the barriers to nurturing human capital? All these questions and more will be answered in the below events:

HUMAN CAPITAL SUMMIT: A GLOBAL CALL TO ACTION

October 11, 2018 | 3:00 – 4:30 pm WITA (Bali. Indonesia) | #InvestinPeople

GLOBAL FINANCING FACILITY: INVESTING IN PEOPLE

October 11, 2018 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm WITA (Bali. Indonesia) | #InvestInHealth

BOOSTING PRODUCTIVITY IN AFRICA: THE ROLE OF HUMAN CAPITAL

October 13, 2018 | 9:00 – 10:30 am WITA (Bali. Indonesia) | #AfricaSOR

 

Power of Tech

What are the opportunities and challenges that new technologies pose for jobs and livelihoods? How can we ensure that the most vulnerable don’t lose out as technological change impacts economies and societies? Discover in these events:

FAIR AND TRANSPARENT TAXATION IN THE DIGITAL AGE

October 10, 2018 |  2:00 – 3:00 pm WITA (Bali. Indonesia) | #Tax4Dev

HARNESSING TECHNOLOGY FOR INCLUSIVE GROWTH

October 11, 2018 | 11:30 am – 12:30 pm WITA (Bali. Indonesia) | #InclusiveGrowth

THE BALI FINTECH AGENDA

October 11, 2018 | 1:00 – 2:30 pm WITA (Bali. Indonesia) | #BaliFintech

DISRUPTING DEVELOPMENT: DIGITAL PLATFORMS AND INNOVATION

October 12, 2018 | 2:30 – 4:00 pm WITA (Bali. Indonesia) | #DigitalDev

MITIGATING FAMINE RISKS

October 13, 2018 | 11:30 – 12:30 WITA (Bali. Indonesia) | #EndFamine

A RESURGENT EAST ASIA: ADAPTING TO NEW REALITIES

October 10 | 3:30 – 5:00 pm WITA (Bali. Indonesia)  | #ResurgenEastAsia

 

Disaster Risk Financing

The World Bank is supporting countries such as Indonesia to develop financial protection strategies, so they can respond more quickly to disasters. During this event, the World Bank and the Government of Indonesia, together with other leaders from Asia will discuss lessons learned and future priorities in building financial resilience to disasters.

HIGH LEVEL DIALOGUE ON DISASTER RISK FINANCING AND INSURANCE IN INDONESIA

October 10, 2018 | 11:30 WITA (Bali. Indonesia) |  #DisasterFinancing

Climate Change

Global climate action has been focused heavily on mitigation, but as the likelihood of meeting the Paris target of 1.5C warming diminishes, the need to climate-proof our economies is becoming more urgent.

INVESTING IN A CLIMATE-ADAPTED WORLD

October 12, 2018 | 4:00 – 5:00 pm WITA (Bali. Indonesia) | #Invest4Adaptation

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development can only be achieved if we transform its global aspirational language into local realities. These events will discuss how this can be done:

IMPLEMENTING THE SDGS IN A CHANGING WORLD

October 12, 2018 | 3:30 – 5:00 pm WITA (Bali. Indonesia) | #WBG4SDGs

INVESTING FOR POSITIVE IMPACT: WHAT IS NEEDED TO SCALE UP

October 12, 2018 | 11:00 am – 12:30 pm WITA (Bali. Indonesia) | #investors4impact

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