President Obama, IMF chief Lagarde to speak at AP annual meeting and lunch

March 20, 2012
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International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde talks with U.S. President Barack Obama during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit leaders plenary session in Kapolei, Hawaii on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011.  (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde talks with U.S. President Barack Obama during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit leaders plenary session in Kapolei, Hawaii on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
NEW YORK – President Barack Obama and International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde are scheduled to address representatives of The Associated Press membership at the not-for-profit news cooperative’s annual meeting in Washington on April 3.

Obama is slated to talk at AP’s annual luncheon. It will be his third time speaking to the AP membership. He was a senator from Illinois when he first addressed the AP luncheon in 2006 in Chicago. He was a Democratic presidential candidate in the spring of 2008 at AP’s luncheon in Washington. This time he will speak as the 44th president of the United States.

Lagarde, the first woman to head the IMF, will begin the morning portion of AP’s April 3 gathering, scheduled at the Marriott Wardman Park hotel, with an address to the AP membership.

Lagarde began a five-year term as managing director of the 67-year-old global lending organization last July. She joined the French government in June 2005 as minister for foreign trade. After a brief stint as minister for agriculture and fisheries, in June 2007 she became the first woman to hold the post of finance and economy minister of a G-7 country. From July to December 2008, she also chaired the ECOFIN Council, which brings together economics and finance ministers of the European Union. As a member of the G-20, Lagarde was involved in the Group's management of the financial crisis, helping to foster international policies related to financial supervision and regulation and to strengthen global economic governance. As chairman of the G-20 when France took over its presidency for the year 2011, she launched a wide-ranging work agenda on the reform of the international monetary system. [Read her biography on the IMF website at http://www.imf.org/external/np/omd/bios/cl.htm]

The annual meeting will be hosted by Tom Curley, who is retiring as AP president and CEO, and Dean Singleton, outgoing chairman of the AP board of directors. They will deliver reports to the AP membership.

The addresses by Obama and Lagarde will be webcast live via the newly redesigned AP corporate site at www.ap.org

This year AP’s annual meeting coincides with the April 2-5 joint convention of the Newspaper Association of America and the American Society of News Editors.

Media credentials for the joint NAA-ASNE convention as well as the AP annual meeting and luncheon can be obtained at http://bit.ly/HfGH9d

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