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The B20 China First Joint Taskforce Meeting

The B20 China First Joint Taskforce Meeting will be held on April 16-17, 2016 in Washington D.C., USA.

During this meeting, five B20 taskforces will review and discuss the first draft of their Policy Papers. The meeting also seeks to strengthen the interaction among B20, G20 Finance Track, and relevant international organizations including IMF and the World Bank, hoping to forge better coordination and cooperation in global economic and financial governance.

Chairs, co-chairs, network partners, knowledge partners and members of B20 Taskforces as well as representatives of relevant international organizations will attend the meeting. The total number of participants is expected to be around 300.


Program


April 16 (Saturday)

18:30-20:00  Welcome Reception

American Council of Life Insurers, 101 Constitution Ave. NW Washington, DC, 20001

April 17 (Sunday)

Plenary Session

IMF Headquarters 2, Conference Hall 1, 1900 Pennsy-lvania Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20431

08:30-09:30   Opening Ceremony

Representatives from IMF, the World Bank, G20 and B20 will  discuss suggestions and expectations to B20 Chin -a, more effective and efficient global economic and financial governance.

09:30-10:30   Panel 1: An enhanced role for the G20 in global economic governance?

The global recovery remains uneven and falls short of G20 ambition for strong, sustainable and balanced growth, increasing calls for increased action and an enhanced role for the G20 in global economic governance. Can the G20 deliver improved arrangements for global finance, trade and investment? What does business expect?

10:30- 11:00   Coffee Break

11:00- 12:00   Panel 2: Are structural reforms the  key issues for fu -ture G20 growth plans?

The February G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors   Meeting agreed that faster progress on structural reforms should bolster potential growth in the medium term and make G20 economies more innovative, flexible and resilient. In which sectors is there the greatest  need for the structural reforms? Which reforms will boost productivity and create jobs? How?

12:00- 14:00   Lunch

14:30- 17:30   Taskforce Breakouts

Each Taskforce will proceed with further discussion on the draft Policy Papers.

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Participants' Guide


B20 China First Joint Taskforce Meeting Administrative Circular on Logistic Arrangement.pdf

1. INTRODUCTION

The B20 China First Joint Taskforce Meeting will be held on 17th April 2016 in Washington D.C., USA.

During this meeting, five B20 Taskforces will review and discuss the first draft of their Policy Papers. The meeting also seeks to strengthen the interaction among B20, G20 Finance Track, and relevant international organizations including IMF and the World Bank, hoping to forge better coordination and cooperation in global economic and financial governance.

Chairs, co-chairs, network partners, knowledge partners and members of B20 Taskforces as well as representatives of relevant international organizations will attend the meeting. The total number of participants is expected to be around 300.

We look forward to your precious attendance and joint efforts to promote B20 China endeavor and construct a world economy with innovation, energy, coordination and inclusion.

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2. DATES AND PROGRAM

2.1 Dates

The B20 China First Joint Taskforce Meeting will commence on the morning of Sunday 17th April 2016. A welcome reception will be held on the evening of 16th April.

2.2 Program

A detailed program of the B20 China First Joint Taskforce Meeting will be posted on website (www.b20-china.org) and forwarded to all participants separately.

3. MEETING VENUE

3.1 Welcome Reception

3.1.1 Address

The welcome reception will be held at the headquarter of the American Council of Life Insurers(ACLI).

Address: 101 Constitution Ave NW #700, Washington DC

3.1.2 Building Entrance and Parking Locations

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·There are 4 levels of underground parking contained in the building located at 101 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.

·Access to the garage is via 2nd Street which is the street between the building (101 Constitution) and the Labor Department.

·Enter the garage and proceed down the ramp to the gate.

·At the gate, pull a parking ticket.

·Proceed into the parking area of the garage and park in any space not designated as Reserved.

·Take the elevator in the garage to the Lobby level of the building. (B20 Credentials desks will be in the Lobby)

·As you pick up your Credentials, request a parking validation card at the table in the Lobby.

·Upon exiting the garage at the end of the event, present the validation card along with the parking ticket at the attendant window to have your parking fee compensated courtesy of ACLI.


3.2 B20 China First Joint Taskforce Meeting

The B20 China First Joint Taskforce Meeting will be held at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) HQ2.

Address: 1900 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20431

Tel: + 1 (202) 623-7000

Fax: + 1 (202) 623-4661

Website: http://www.imf.org/

3.3 Layout of the Meeting Venue

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The B20 China First Joint Taskforce Meeting Plenary Session will be held at the Conference Room 1 on the first floor of Building 2 of IMF headquarters. The participants can access the building via the 19th Street Entrance on the east side or the Pennsylvania Ave Entrance on the north side. The five taskforces parallel meetings, namely the Infrastructure, Financing Growth, Trade and Investment, SME Development and the Employment are held at different floors in the same building. Please follow the pop-ups to reach the five meeting rooms.

3.4 Layout of the Roadmap to Access IMF HQ2


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4. ACCREDITATION AND BADGE COLLECTION

4.1 Participant Accreditation

4.1.1 www.b20-china.org is the only official website and access to registration and accreditation for the B20 China First Joint Taskforce Meeting. Registration and accreditation via any other website, organization, individual or approach is invalid.

4.1.2 Applicants are requested to fill out the registration and accreditation form in English after receiving the linkage to the application form webpage, which is sent by the email from the B20 2016 Host Committee.

4.1.3 Online registration and accreditation is open before 24:00, 31 March 2016 (Beijing Time). Participants are suggested to register for accreditation via the online accreditation portal as early as possible.

4.1.4 In order to ensure that all information provided is accurate, please read the notes and requirements on each webpage carefully when filling out registration form.

4.1.5 Complete and accurate registration information is the key criteria for accreditation.

4.1.6 Once the registration information is successfully submitted, the accreditation status of the participant will be informed by email b20membercode@ccpit.org from the B20 2016 Host Committee and a confirmation letter will be emailed to the participant by b20membercode@ccpit.org if accreditation is approved.

4.2 Badge Collection

4.2.1 Each participant must present his/her original passport when collecting a badge. The passport and badge are required when entering IMF HQ Building 2 on the morning of 17th April.

4.2.2 Place of badge collection: The registration counter in the lobby of the headquarters of American Council of Life Insurers. The address is 101 Constitution Ave NW #700, Washington D.C.

4.2.3 Opening hours for badge collection: 16:00-21:00 on 16th April.

4.2.4 If for some reason the participant needs another representative to collect his/her badge, the representative must present the participant’s passport.

4.3 Limited Use of Participant’s Personal Information

The B20 2016 Host Committee will collect and record participant’s information for the purposes of accreditation, badge making and logistical arrangements relating to the B20 China First Joint Taskforce Meeting.

The personal information will be protected and accessible to only a limited number of personnel of the B20 2016 Host Committee.

4.4 Visa Requirements

Participants who are not exempted from visa are strongly advised to apply early to the embassies, consulates, or other visa-issuing authorities of U.S.A. accredited to or stationed in the respective member countries.

Should you need any assistance from the B20 2016 Host Committee in relating to your visa application to the USA, please reach us at: B20membercode@ccpit.org.

5. WORKING LANGUAGE AND INTERPRETATION

English is the working language. Chinese-English simultaneous interpretation will be provided in the plenary session only.

6. ACCOMMODATION AND LOCAL TRANSPORTATION

There is no recommending hotel for the participants for this meeting. Participants are suggested to take care of their accommodations and transportation by themselves as early as possible. The meeting is to be held during the high season of conferences and tourism in Washington D.C. The local hotel accommodation and transportation are limited. Should you need any assistance, please contact the China Global Business International Travel Service which can provide services such as hotel reservation, vehicles renting, airport pick-up, dining and tourism consultation, etc.

Contact persons:

Ms. Cen Wei.  Tel: +8610-82217286;  mobile phone: +8613910685078;

email: cenwei@ccpit.org

Mr. Sun Weiyong.  Tel: +8610-82217218;  mobile phone: +861391029870;

email: sunweiyong@ccpit.org

7. AIRPORT ARRIVAL

7.1 Information of Airports in Washington D.C.

Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) is located in the suburbs of Baltimore, Maryland and there is one hour’s driving from the airport to Washington D.C.

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) is situated in Arlington, Virginia which is 11 km away from Washington D.C.

Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) is located in Virginia, about 30 minutes’ driving from Washington D.C.

7.2 Customs

All participants entering the United States of America need to pass customs control. Customs declarations are required for participants who bring in cash in excess of USD 10,000 (or its equivalent in another currency).

8. GENERAL INFORMATION

8.1 Washington D.C.

Washington, D.C., formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as "Washington", is the capital of the United States. The signing of the Residence Act in 1790 approved the creation of a capital district located along the Potomac River on the country's East Coast. The U.S. Constitution provided for a federal district under the exclusive jurisdiction of the Congress and the District is therefore not a part of any U.S. state.

The centers of all three branches of the federal government of the United States are in the District, including the Congress, President, and Supreme Court. Washington is home to many national monuments and museums, which are primarily situated on or around the National Mall. The city hosts 176 foreign embassies as well as the headquarters of many international organizations, World Bank, IMF, and professional associations.

8.2 Weather

The average lowest and highest temperatures of Washington in April are 8 °C (46 °F) and 18 °C (64 °F). Participants are advised to bring spring clothes such as sweaters and thick coats.

8.3 Time Difference

The Washington Standard Time is 4 hours after GMT, and 12 hours after Beijing Time in April.

8.4 Currency and ATM Service

The official currency of U.S.A. is US dollar. Retailers in Washington will generally not accept other currencies. It is necessary for visitors to change foreign currencies into US dollar in advance in order to make cash payments. There are no restrictions on the amount of foreign currencies, traveler’s checks or credit cards to be brought into U.S.A.. However, non-residents carrying more than USD 10,000(or equivalent in other foreign currencies) should declare to the Customs.

Major world currencies and traveler's checks can be exchanged to/from US dollar. Currency exchange counters are located at International Airport, major hotels and banks throughout the city. Banks usually take commission for money exchange and participants are advised to take it into consideration. When making a currency exchange, some banks also require a passport or other documents. Automated teller machines (ATMs) are found throughout the city.

It is also possible to use the ATMs located in banks, hotels and large shopping centers.

8.5 Credit Cards

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, JCB, Diners Club, Discover and other major international credit cards are accepted at most establishments or can be used to retrieve cash from ATMs throughout the city, although some small shops and restaurants may only accept cash payments.

8.6 Electricity and Water Supply

The power supply in U.S.A. is 110-127 volts, 50 hertz. Three-pronged plugs are used. Please check before using an appliance. Tap water is drinkable.

8.7 Postal Service

Post offices generally open from 08:30 to 16:30.

8.8 Tipping

Tipping is customary for restaurant waiters or taxi drivers in U.S.A.

8.9 Useful Telephone Numbers

Emergency (Fire, Car accident) please call: 911

8.10 Mobile Phone Information

Both GSM and CDMA mobile phone systems are in operation. Most modern mobile phones can work in several settings that can use roaming service in different networks. Most of the GSM-phones in use in U.S.A. support the protocols of GSM-900 and GSM-1800. Telex and fax services are readily available in major hotels.

8.11 Smoking

In U.S.A., smoking is banned in all public areas, such as shopping mall, supermarket, airport, library, restaurant and hotel. There are obvious non-smoking signs in many public areas and smoking is only allowed in designated smoking areas. In some buildings, there are regulations that the smoker must stay 10m away from the building even smoking outside.


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