Sheikh Hamdan to review preparations for World Bank and IMF annual meetings
Deputy Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum will next week review the progress made so far by various Dubai 2003 committees in their preparations to host the Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Dubai in September.
Al-Maktoum will review the progress at a meeting of the Steering Committee next Monday, said Qasim Sultan Al-Banna, Director General of Dubai Municipality and Head of the Dubai 2003 Organizing Committee. He made the announcement during the weekly meeting of the Organizing Committee, which was held today. The meeting marked the countdown of 55 days to go for the Annual Meetings.
Members of the Organizing Committee discussed issues regarding the local and regional media activities, the training of newly recruited staff for Dubai 2003 and details of the previous report covering what various committees have done so far.
While discussing the media plan from now until the Annual Meetings, Qasim Sultan said the plan should focus on spreading the awareness about the event throughout the country to both nationals and residents. He said the through the media, people should be made to understand the nature of the meetings, their importance to the economy as well as their role in promoting the potential of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as an investment and tourism center.
Members discussed proposals for holding of art exhibitions during the event and if any more signage in the city is required. They assured that ensuring safety and security is paramount in all their efforts.
The Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund were first held in Washington DC in 1946. They are hosted by an international city one year in three. The UAE and Dubai were selected because of their highly developed transportation and logistics infrastructure and growing importance as a financial hub. — (menareport.com)
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