Forum Venue
The GPSA Global Partners Forum 2019 will be held in the Preston Auditorium at the World Bank Headquarters, located at 1818 H St. NW. 


Free WiFi internet access will be available at the forum venue and hotel.


Badges and Registration
All participants are required to register for the forum. Badges will be ready to be picked up at the on-site registration desk. Badges must be worn at all times while at the World Bank headquarters. Registration will be at the Front Lobby of the Main Building, 1818 H Street, NW, Washington, DC 20433.

Early registration starts Monday, November 18, from noon to 4pm. Officially the registration desk opens Tuesday, November 19 at 8am. Please bring a government-issued ID with a photograph to collect your badge.


Participants must complete all formalities to visit Washington, DC. The GPSA will provide visa support letters upon request. Learn more about U.S. State Department visa and entry requirements


There are a number of hotels in the area where the Forum is taking place. Many participants are staying at the State Plaza Hotel. Another option is the Hotel Lombardy.

State Plaza Hotel 
2117 E St., NW
Washington, DC 20037
T: +1 (202) 861-8200


Public Transportation

Metro & Buses
The nearest metro station on the Orange/Blue/Silver Line is Farragut West (about 5 minutes on foot). The nearest metro station on the Red Line is Farragut North (about 10 minutes on foot). The nearest station on the Yellow Line is Gallery Place (about 20 minutes on foot). For more information on trips and schedules, visit Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

Most buses and trains arrive at Union Station, located on the Red Line. Visit the Union Station website to find out more information.

There are three major airports in the Washington, DC region: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (airport code: DCA), Washington Dulles International Airport (airport code: IAD) and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (airport code: BWI). All three offer multiple U.S. and international flights daily.

Reagan National Airport is located just across the Potomac River in Virginia and is the closest airport to DC. It is accessible via its own Metro stop on the Blue and Yellow Lines. A taxi or Uber ride into downtown DC will cost about $15-$20. Visit the Reagan Airport transportation and parking page for more information.

Dulles Airport is located 26 miles from DC in suburban Virginia. It has a dedicated access road that makes getting into the city efficient via car, taxi or airport shuttle. Taxi stands are located outside the main terminal at Door 2 and Door 6. A ride into DC will cost about $60-$68. Visit the Dulles Airport transportation and parking page for more information.

BWI Airport is located about 35 miles from DC in Baltimore, Maryland. BWI Airport is accessible via an Amtrak train route that drops off at DC’s Union Station. Shuttle buses are also available. Visit the BWI Airport ground transportation page for more information.


If you are unable to attend the Forum, a link to watch the main sessions will be provided soon here.

Questions or inquiries about logistics?
For additional questions about registration, participation or any other logistical information please send an email to: GPSAForum@worldbank.org