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International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.

Against a backdrop of financial turmoil, soaring energy and food prices, and worries that a U.S. slowdown could drag down other regions, the world’s top economic and financial leaders—who gathered in Washington April 12–13 for the IMF–World Bank spring meetings—backed a series of measures to support global growth, strengthen the international financial system, and combat high food prices. They also gave the IMF the green light to wrap up a package of reforms aimed at strengthening the institution’s legitimacy and financial soundness, and they called on the

International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.

on April 15. The schedule of the IMF-World Bank Spring Meetings is available on the IMF’s website ( www.imf.org ) . The full text of Rodrigo de Rato’s Georgetown University speech and the transcript of Raghuram Rajan’s press conference on the World Economic Outlook will be posted shortly after these events take place.