Prague, capital of the Czech Republic, made the nightly news in September 2000 when the World Bank and International Monetary Fund met at Prague Congress Centre. Lost in the reporting on the antics of anti-globalization protesters was the fact that the WB/IMF meeting was the first at the newly renovated venue. Originally opened in 1981 as the Palace of Culture, the building was closed in 1998 for expansion and modernization. Reopened in July 2000 with a series of special local events prior ...

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