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Dates Announced for 2018 African Currency Forum

14 July 2017

In 2018 it is the turn of Fidelity Printers & Refiners - Zimbabwe’s printworks and mint - to host the African Currency Forum (the biennial conference of the Association of African Banknotes and Secure Documents Printers (AABSDP), which will take place 2-5 September 2018 in Victoria Falls.  

The last event - held in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt last November - was hosted by the Central Bank of Egypt Printing House and attracted some 280 delegates from not just Africa but around the world. It followed the African Banknote Conference, held in Cape Town in 2014, but was renamed in 2016 to reflect the inclusion of a broader spectrum of payment mechanisms (including coins).

Building on the success of both the South African and Egyptian events, the 2018 African Currency Forum will welcome central banks and their printing works and mints, government secure document issuers and security printers, along with industry suppliers. Apart from AABSDP members, Fidelity Printers, along with the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, specifically will be inviting delegates from the 42 African central banks and 15 African national banks as well as selected guests and speakers from a number of central banks and institutions outside the continent.

The principal theme of the African Currency Forum is ‘Improving the Security and Cost-Effectiveness of Currency’. With this in mind, the programme will include presentations, break-out sessions and panel discussions aimed at arming delegates with information for making the best decisions on specifying, procuring, processing and managing notes and coins in circulation, as well examining new forms of payments and identity.

The 20th conference in this long-running series is primed to enhance not just knowledge but also your networks, and is noted for its social as well as business sessions. There will five social events - offering experiences of the best of Zimbabwean culture and the surroundings of Victoria Falls - to which all delegates are invited, where business and other discussions can continue in a more relaxed environment after the business day.

The exhibition of the latest technologies for currency and secure document production and distribution, provided by the conference sponsors, will be another highlight of the event. We hope you will be able to join us beside the Victoria Falls.

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