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International Monetary Fund. Secretary's Department

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It gives me great satisfaction to be able to welcome you most warmly to Spain on the occasion of the Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. In this year in which we are celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Bretton Woods Agreements, the fact that you should have chosen Madrid as the venue for this all-important occasion is an honor and a privilege for us. We wish to show you our gratitude with our finest tradition of hospitality.

International Monetary Fund

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Mr. Chairman, Governors, honored guests, it is a pleasure to welcome you to these meetings on behalf of the International Monetary Fund. I would also like to extend a special welcome to my friend and colleague Bob Zoellick, and to thank him for his inspiring speech. Bob’s words make it clear that the Fund and the Bank are united by a common purpose—to serve the interests of the people of our member countries—and also a common commitment to reform. Welcome Bob.

International Monetary Fund

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Mr. Chairman, Governors, honored guests, it is a pleasure to welcome you to these Annual Meetings. I would like to join Chairman Macki in extending special greetings to our newest member country, Timor-Leste, and to wish the Timor-Leste authorities every success in their task of building a new nation.

International Monetary Fund

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Mr. Chairman, Governors, honored guests, it is a pleasure to welcome you to these meetings on behalf of the International Monetary Fund. I would like to extend a special welcome to my new colleague Paul Wolfowitz. Paul’s qualifications are strong. His distinguished career as a diplomat and public servant were very well known. What was less well known in some circles when he took office was his deep commitment to development, which was again so evident in his excellent speech today. Welcome, Paul.

International Monetary Fund. Secretary's Department

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Premier Li, Chairman Khirbash, Mr. Wolfensohn, Mr. Camdessus, Ministers, Governors, guests, ladies, and gentlemen, I have much pleasure in welcoming you, distinguished officials and guests from around the world. We are honored that China is the host of the 1997 Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund and delighted that the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) is to act as the host city to you.

International Monetary Fund. Secretary's Department

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Gentlemen, as Chairman of the Boards of Governors of the International Monetary Fund and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, I welcome the representatives of our member countries to the Third Annual Meeting. I am sure that I may speak for all in expressing our appreciation to the United States in offering facilities for meeting here. Many of us have come from very distant countries to participate in these meetings. All of us have left urgent and pressing problems at home, but we are present here because we recognize that in these meetings we are offered the opportunity to promote the interests of our own countries in a way which cannot be done working by ourselves.

International Monetary Fund. Secretary's Department

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Today, the 1997 Annual Meetings of the Board of Governors of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund open solemnly in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China. On behalf of the Chinese government and people, I would like to extend our warm congratulations on the convocation of the Annual Meetings and our sincere welcome to all the delegates and honored guests. I am convinced that, with the concerted efforts of all of you, these meetings will yield rich results.

Carlos Saúl Menem

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This annual publication is a record of the IMF's Annual Meeting and contains the opening and closing addresses of the chairman of teh Board of Governors presentation of the Annual Report by the Managing Director, statements of Governors, committee reports, resolutions, and a list of delegates. Usually published in March.

Vaclav Havel

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Let me welcome all of you to the Czech Republic and to Prague. My welcome extends to the official participants in the Annual Meeting of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group, to all business people, bankers, economists, political scientists, environmentalists, thinkers, journalists, and, indeed, to all people of good will who have come here because this is an occasion to discuss and possibly also to help determine our common future. This country and its capital city are greatly honored to be the venue of this major assembly, which brings together thousands of people from all countries and continents—including persons wielding a far-reaching influence—in the very year that the commonly used chronology views as a turn of ages. For us it means an honor, a joy, as well as a great challenge, and a major commitment. I trust that Prague—hosting such a gathering of a truly global significance for the first time in more than a thousand years of its history—will offer a good environment for the deliberations and will be reflected favorably both in the memory of its participants and in the history of global cooperation. Surely this city possesses certain historical prerequisites. Over the course of centuries—among other things because of its geographical position in the center of Europe—it has witnessed not only confrontations and conflicts but also creative encounters, mutual respect, reciprocal influence, and cooperation among various cultures; various peoples and ethnic groups; and various spiritual currents and social movements. This pluralism has helped to shape its visage. It would be good if, after decades of oppression, of life without freedom, of bent backs, and of imposed isolation, we succeeded in rediscovering this ancient tradition and offered this city as a congenial setting for the world’s open debate about itself.