The spring meeting of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) begins today (April 10, 2023) in Washington DC, USA.
This meeting is likely to announce an allocation of USD $50 billion from the organisations to face the global crisis.
The seven-day meeting will continue till April 16 at the headquarters of the IMF and the World Bank Group in Washington.
According to the Ministry of Finance, a delegation of six members is participating in the spring meeting led by the Governor of Bangladesh Bank, Abdur Rouf Talukder.
Along with the governor, Bangladesh Bank Chief Economist Habibur Rahman, Finance Secretary Fati-ma Yasmin and Additional Secretary of Finance Department Rehana Parveen and two officials from the Economic Relations Department (ERD) are participating in the meeting.
Apart from this, three more officials from the Bangladesh Embassy in the United States are expected to join the meeting along with the Bangladesh team.
Generally, such meetings are led by the finance minister. However, Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal is not joining the meetings this time.
At this meeting of the World Bank Group, the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), a subsidiary of the organization, may announce an additional financing of $50 billion to deal with the global crisis.
Being a member of IBRD, Bangladesh will also get the benefit of this financing, the finance ministry sources said.
The World Bank’s spring meeting will be chaired by President of France Emmanuel Macron, and Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Amor Mottley. They will be joined by world leaders, academics, development experts and climate experts.
Besides, finance ministers, central bank governors of 189 World Bank member countries will participate.