Dubai 2003 General Coordinator Ibrahim Belselah is leading a high level delegation to attend the Spring Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund (IMF) being held in Washington DC on April 12-13, 2003.
The annual two-day event is the biggest gathering of the two organizations outside of the Annual Meetings held every September and this year will be hosted by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Dubai. During the meetings in Washington, Belselah will meet with World Bank Group President James Wolfensohn and the International Monetary Fund Managing Director Horst Köhler.
Before his departure to Washington, Belselah, said: “The meetings will give us an opportunity to provide the World Bank Group and IMF officials an update on the status of the preparations being made to host the Annual Meetings in Dubai as the countdown to the event continues. The visit will also help us further develop our strong relationship with the Joint Secretariat of these two organizations to enhance the coordination between the Joint Secretariat and Dubai 2003.”
The Dubai 2003 delegation includes Mubarak bin Fahad, Director-General of Dubai World Trade Center that includes the Dubai International Convention Center, the venue for the Annual Meetings in September. The Convention Center has been built as part of a longer-term vision for Dubai to become a major hub for international conventions in the future.
The Dubai 2003 team also includes representatives of specialist committees established to handle specific tasks relating to the arrangements and logistical requirements of organizing this event, which is the biggest of its kind in the Middle East.
The Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund were first held in Washington DC in 1946. They are hosted by an international city one year in three. Dubai and the UAE was selected because of its highly developed transportation and logistics infrastructure, growing importance as a financial hub and its established position as an oasis of opportunity. — (menareport.com)
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