Opening Greetings by the Governor of the Fund and the Bank for the United States1—G. William Miller

International Monetary Fund. Secretary's Department
Published Date:
November 1980
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Mr. Chairman, Mr. de Larosière, Mr. McNamara, fellow Governors, and distinguished guests: It is a personal privilege for me to welcome each of you and all of you to the Thirty-Fifth Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank here in Washington. I especially want to extend a warm welcome to the new member countries and to the Governors and Delegates who are attending for the first time.

It is an honor and a pleasure for the United States to host these important Meetings once again.

Later this morning President Carter will extend a personal welcome on behalf of the American people.

We meet at a time of towering challenges. As never before, the Fund and the Bank are called upon to play a crucial role in world affairs. The members of these great institutions now have the opportunity to make a constructive response. I am confident that in the spirit of good will, which has always been the unifying force of these Meetings, and with the clear sense of our common needs and responsibilities, we will succeed.

The prosperity and thereby the security and peace of the world will benefit from your decisions. My Government wishes you well in all your deliberations. Thank you.

Delivered at the Opening Joint Session, September 30, 1980.

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