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The Association of African Banknotes and Security Documents Printers (AABSDP) - also known as the Association des Imprimeries Africaines de Billets de Banque et de Documents de Sécurité (AIABDS) - was created on 26 September 1991 in Abuja, Nigeria. Its main activity is the biennial conference, as well as the organisation of two technical committee meetings a year.

The Association comprises Africa’s eight banknote printers, based in Algeria, DR Congo, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan and Zimbabwe. In addition, it is supported by the central banks of ‘observer’ states that do not have their own state printing works, such as Ghana and Kenya, which regularly attend the Conference and technical meetings.

The presidency of the Association rotates every two years. The current President is Mr Fradreck Kunaka, General Manager of Fidelity Printers & Refiners, Zimbabwe.

The Association has a permanent secretariat in Morocco.


About Reconnaissance International

Reconnaissance is a security feature, printing, banknote and coin industry specialist, based in the UK, and it has been appointed by Fidelity Printers & Refiners as manager and media partner of the 2018 African Currency Conference.

Reconnaissance owns and runs a number of conferences, including the three regional High Security Printing conferences, Tax Stamp Forum, Optical Document Security, and The Holography Conference. In conjunction with Currency Research, it also manages The Coin Conference as well as Currency News, Mint News Quarterly and various currency directories. 

It also publishes monthly newsletters, reports and directories on currency, identity documents, authentication features, holography and tax stamps.

Reconnaissance will bring to the African Currency Forum a unique knowledge and experience, acquired over the years in the security printing industry.

The banknote world is always facing great challenges because everything, technically speaking, is running so quickly.

With such a conference, and its very rich programme, everyone has been given more sharp knowledge to deal with security and costs of banknotes.


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