Traffic around the Convention and Exhibition Centre will be diverted for 13 days this month during an international banking conference. About 100 police officers yesterday started searching the centre, which will host the World Bank and International Monetary Fund meetings from September 15 to 25. Confined areas which lead to underground pumping stations and street fixtures, such as traffic lights and manholes were checked. Dogs trained to sniff for explosives were also deployed. An extension to the convention centre, used for the handover ceremony, will be cordoned off from next Thursday evening to allow more than 340 officers to begin a blanket search of the venue. No roads will be closed during the conference, but traffic will be diverted from roads surrounding the venue. A section of Convention Avenue will be made eastbound while part of Harbour Road will be made westbound between September 13 and 25. Wan Chai District Board member Lee Hing-wai said: 'Wan Chai is a district with high mobility. There should be enough complementary measures to make sure the public would not be affected by the traffic arrangement.' Chinese premier Li Peng and Vice-premier Zhu Rongji are expected to be among the more than 14,000 guests attending the banking meetings.