Spring Meetings 2020: Day 1 Briefing


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Dear Colleague,

I hope this note reaches you in good health. Welcome to the Day 1 Briefing of our 2020 Virtual Spring Meetings newsletter.


Thursday morning at 8am EDT, Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva will deliver her Curtain Raiser speech ahead of the Spring Meetings launch next week (watch the livestream here). The speech will outline key priorities for the global economy in a time of crisis, where we stand today in terms of the state of the global economy, the challenges that lie before us in tackling this pandemic, and how best to create the conditions for recovery. We will have much more on the speech tomorrow, including key highlights and video links.

Managing Director Georgieva will also be interviewed on Thursday at 9am EDT by Tom Keene, Surveillance Anchor and Editor-at-Large at Bloomberg. This discussion will be streamed live on IMF.org.

Later this week we'll also be sharing a podcast conversation between Managing Director Georgieva and editor-in-chief of The Economist Zanny Minton Beddoes.


We have 10 livestreams coming up next week that will spotlight the launch of the World Economic Outlook, Regional Economic Outlooks, the Managing Director's Press Conference and much more. You can find the full schedule here. Next to each livestream is a calendar icon, which will allow you to add that particular webcast to your personal schedule—whether you use Apple, Google, Outlook or another calendar platform.


This past week we published a number of blogs detailing our most recent analytical work and research on how COVID-19 is impacting the global economy. These pieces—all of which are available in multiple languages—serve as important markers in the lead up to the Spring Meetings next week.

We are also regularly updating our global policy tracker to help our member countries be more aware of the experiences of others in combating COVID-19. The tracker now covers 193 economies and focuses on discretionary actions that supplement existing social safety nets and insurance mechanisms, and summarizes key economic responses governments are taking to limit the impact of the pandemic.

Thank you again for your interest in this special Spring Meetings newsletter.

See you tomorrow,

IMF Spring Meetings Team

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