Spring Meetings 2021: Featured Speakers at the World Bank Group Events


The 2021 World Bank Group/IMF Spring Meetings bring together the world’s top policymakers, academics, civil society leaders, business and youth to discuss issues of global concern.

This year’s Spring Meetings events will be held in a virtual format on April 5-11. All events and programs will stream daily on live.worldbank.org. Replays of sessions will also be available the day they air. Here’s everything you need to learn how to follow our activities.

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Lagging lands, violent lands

Today, over 2 billion people live in lagging and violent lands with the processes ofeconomic isolation and violence closely linked. In Africa, close to 600 million people live within 90 minutes of violence. The issue of “lagging lands, violent lands” was examined at a World Bank seminar on April 22. The session focused on identifying options for stimulating sustainable and inclusive economic growth in lagging lands and urban spaces to bridge economic and social divisions and mitigate conflict and human vulnerability. An integrated policy framework combining the main thrusts of the World Development Report (WDR) 2009 on Reshaping Economic Geography and the WDR 2011 on Conflict, Security, and Development was at the core of diagnosing challenges and identifying solutions.


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Each Spring, the joint World Bank Group-IMF Development Committee and the IMF’s International Monetary and Financial Committee and hold meetings to discuss the work of the institutions.

The Meetings are attended by approximately 2,800 delegates from our member countries, 350 observer organization representatives and 800 members of the press. Approximately 550 accredited civil society members also participate in the Meetings.

Plenary sessions of the World Bank Group/IMF Boards of Governors are only scheduled during the Annual Meetings in the autumn.


Watch Annual Meetings Events Live!

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Find replays of the events you missed at World Bank Live.

Thursday, October 6

Annual Meetings Press Briefing
President Kim addresses the media. 9:30-10 a.m. (ET)/ 13:30-14:00 (GMT) #WBLive

The Governance Gap: Why Does Half the World Distrust Government?
Cutting-edge thinkers discuss the notion of “effective governance” and the drivers necessary to meet the development challenges of the 21st century. 10 -11 a.m.(ET)/14:00-15:00 (GMT) #GoodGov AR, EN, FR, SP

How Can South Asia’s Firms Better Compete?
Global thought leaders, business leaders and policy makers share best practices and challenges unique to South Asian businesses. 10-11:30 a.m. (ET)/14:00-15:30 (GMT) #SouthAsiaCompetes

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World Bank Group Urged to Help Solve Refugee Crisis, Other Challenges

Government ministers from around the world confronted the refugee crisis, a slowing economy, and other global challenges at the 2016 World Bank Group-IMF Spring Meetings.

“Forced Displacement and Development” was the only item on the agenda at the Dev CommDevelopment Committee meeting on Saturday. The committee, which represents the 189 shareholder countries of the Bank Group and the IMF, urged its members to take action to support vulnerable people who have been forced to flee their homes, and encouraged the institutions to partner with humanitarian organizations to help forcibly displaced people and host communities confront the root causes of the problem.

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2016 Spring Meetings webcasts

Below the webcast schedule for today, enjoy!

Friday, April 15

Private Sector Solutions in Challenging MarketsPrivate Sector Solutions in Challenging Markets
Panelists from the private and public sectors discuss how to spur investment to create jobs, generate revenue, and finance essential services. 9-10:30 a.m. ET; 13:00-14:30 GMT.  #solutions4dev

Forced DisplacementForced Displacement: A Global Development Challenge
A high-level panel including Queen Rania of Jordan confronts the issue of historically high levels of refugees and displaced people. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET/15:00-16:30 GMT#dev4peace

Digital Dividends for East Asia PacificDigital Dividends for East Asia Pacific – Faster Growth, More Jobs and Better Governance?
Panelists from government, business and civil society discuss how East Asia and Pacific countries can take advantage of the opportunities – and offset the risks – of the digital economy. 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET / 16:30 – 18:00 GMT. #digitalEAP

Competition PolicyCompetition Policy in Developing Countries: Helping Markets Perform Better
This World Bank Group-OECD event brings together policymakers and experts on policies that increase competition and benefit consumers. 2-3:30 p.m. ET / 18:00-17:30 GMT. #competition4dev

Powering Up GrowthPowering Up Growth: Ideas for Beating the Slowdown
Government ministers from Bolivia, Angola, Pakistan and Ukraine discuss how to reignite inclusive growth. 4-5:30 p.m. ET/20:00 – 21:30 GMT. #inclusivegrowth