The EMEA Cash Cycle Seminar (ICCOS)

The leading seminar focusing on cash management, distribution and circulation as well as production and how this can influence circulation. This unique event is globally renowned for its relevant, engaging and informative subject matter delivered by leading industry experts as well as extremely high quality of networking afforded by the senior level attendees joining from commercial banks, Cash in Transit companies, central banks and more.

The 2024 EMEA Cash Cycle Seminar (ICCOS) will take place in Cape Town and co-hosted by the South African Reserve Bank on November 25-27. The event will draw delegates from across the globe though it is anticipated most will be from the SADC region who are interested in learning about both regional and global development in cash.

TOPICS

2024 EMEA Cash Cycle Seminar Topics

The key to lowering the cost of cash is efficiency and this session will hear a number of perspectives on the processes, considerations, challenges and benefits of modernization and automation at various levels of the cash cycle including issuing authority, commercial bank and CIT, and retail and help different sectors of the cash cycle understand shared challenges and resolutions.

Different countries have different levels of cash use and different roadmaps for broadening the wider payments ecosystem. This session will help attendees understand cash and payment trends at a variety of scales and the processes being driven by the relevant stakeholders to continue the development of their cash systems.

How to keep costs down whilst justifying investment into increasingly important sustainability initiatives is a debate in all regions of the world, and this session will look forward to learning how business and environmental sustainability in cash production, circulation and destruction can go hand in hand to provide an efficient, low impact production and circulation model.

This session will focus on the contingency measures in place to assist with keeping cash circulating in time of crisis, for example in times of war or natural disaster. Banks and other stakeholders will share their experiences of planning along with the rapid innovation required when a crisis unfolds, and ways of cooperating domestically and internationally.

Cash In Transit is a key link in the cash cycle whose role is dynamic, potentially subject to heavy and changeable regulation and in some countries facing a challenge between needing to invest in the face of declining cash usage. Leading CIT companies will share their current thoughts on the state of the industry, the latest developments and considerations for the future drawing on experience from across the region.

Issuing authorities have a difficult balancing act between cost, durability and security in both designing and producing currency, the implications of which will affect the public perception and use of cash for potentially a number of years. Because the largest cost associated with cash is during circulation significant consideration should be given during design to the circulatory infrastructure available to ensure the most efficient circulation of cash possible.

This session will examine different cash cycle models and consider relatives merits of different systems, challenges of changing the status quo and invite participants to consider future challenges relating to fluctuating usage of cash, contingency planning, and changing payment preferences.

Provided by our event sponsors, some of the leading global and regional cash industry suppliers, focused innovation sessions will allow attendees a chance to hear of the lastest advancements in cash cycle technology in the fields of processing and handling, forecasting, security and integration. In the areas of banknote and coin production attendees will learn of the lastest advancements in in the fields of production, substrate, security and user experience.

*Topics are preliminary, and subject to change.

If you are interested in providing a presentation please contact tmitchell@currency-research.com to discuss further.

High Level Agenda

Featured Speakers

Pearl Kgaleki
Pearl KgalekiHead of Currency, South African Reserve Bank
Ahmed Essam Omar
Ahmed Essam OmarHead of Payments and Cash Management, Banque Misr
Tim Stuchtey
Tim StuchteyExecutive Director, BIGS - Brandenburgisches Institut für Gesellschaft und Sicherheit

Workshops

This workshop is free to attend. Open to CENTRAL BANKS only.
You must be pre-registered to attend.

Monday, 25 November 2024
15:30 – 17:00PM

This session will be facilitated by Currency Research but hosted by the South African Reserve Bank who are developing a series of discussion topics of key interest for open and frank discussion between attending central banks. This session will take place in a workshop format, with attendees from an expected 20 central banks mixed into small groups to facilitate information sharing and networking between central banks. The SARB topics will be published in due course.

Topic overviews from recent Summits include:

2022 – Istanbul, Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey

o Cash Cycle Models and Cooperation with Private Sector Entities

o Cash Centre Physical Specifications and Banknote Processing Activities

o Fighting Against Counterfeiting

o Cash Usage and Alternative Payment Methods

2020 – Muscat, Central Bank of Oman

o Currency Management – Risk Assessment

o Implementation and Monitoring of Automation

o Design and Issuance of a New Series

2019 – Tbilisi, National Bank of Georgia

o Fight Against Counterfeiting

o Quality and Integrity Management of the Banknotes and Coins in Circulation

o Central Bank’s Role in Cash Processing, Smart Models, other Central Banks Experiences

2019 – Accra, Bank of Ghana

o Substrate Assessment

o Banknote Durability

o Cash and Ethics

Fee: $75.00
You must be pre-registered to attend – please select this workshop during your registration. Space is limited.

Monday, 25 November 2024
13:00 – 17:00PM

Unlocking the Future of Cash: Navigating Trends and Challenges in a more uncertain 2030 World

This session offers a unique opportunity to explore the cash cycle’s global trends through 2030 while building the strategic foresight skills required to navigate uncertainties ahead.

Join us and leverage the latest insights from the IMF, World Bank, AfDB, ECB, etc. to draw strategic lessons for the cash industry at the turn of the decade.

We will delve into the complexities of a more contested and climate-impacted world of 2030, marked by likely renewed economic protectionism and regionalisation efforts, increased regulatory scrutiny and better-understood climate- and nature-related financial risks, aggressive digital competitors and rapid advances in AI and post-quantum cryptography.

Using strategic foresight’s scenario method, we will examine how the intersections of a more crisis-prone environment, economic volatility, and cyber risks, together with evolving consumers’ expectations and a fast-moving digital payments landscape will likely reshape cash uses and perceptions in the EMEA region, while creating new challenges and opportunities for cash management efficiency and forecasting.

Led by a foresight specialist, Isabelle Vuong, the workshop is tailored to the make-up of the participants, with an emphasis on networking and learning across regional contexts.

Delegate Rates

CATEGORY Early Rate Until 1 July 2024 Including Workshop
Government/Financial AFRICA & MIDDLE EAST * $ 1,000
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$ 1,075
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Government/Financial INTERNATIONAL * $ 1,250
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$ 1,325
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Industry Supplier ** $ 3,125 
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$ 3,200 
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Spouse / Guest *** $ 50 
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All rates listed above are per person, in USD and exclusive of any applicable VAT.

Registration Details 

  • Participation in all sessions and programs in person
  • Event Materials (program, conference slides, etc.)
  • Entry into Sponsor Exhibit Lounge
  • Delegate Lunches and Coffee Breaks
  • Evening events, such Receptions and Delegate Appreciation Dinner
  • Hotel and other accommodations
  • Flights or other transportation to Cape Town
  • Airport transfers and other transportation
  • Dinner, snacks, or any other meals outside of conference hours

Registration fees may be made by wire transfer or credit card. Please choose your preferred method of payment during your registration and further payment information will be provided. If you do not make your payment by the date of a listed price increase, fees will be subject to the newer registration price.

Upon arrival, all delegates will be issued a mandatory photo ID badge. Therefore, please upload a photo when you register online to be used on your delegate badge. Please upload a current, passport-style photo. If you are a returning delegate, we will have a picture of you on file – if you decide not to upload a current photo, the one on file will be used.

Photos provided will also be uploaded to the CR Events App. If for any reason you wish to exclude your photo from being posted on the app, please contact Natasha Bajic at nbajic@currency-research.com. You are still required to upload a photo during the registration process to be used for your photo ID badge.

To cancel your conference registration, please write to Natasha Bajic. Please remember to cancel any existing hotel reservation directly with the hotel to avoid or minimize any cancellation fees. Please note: CR and the Cash Cycle Seminar are not responsible for your hotel cancellations or reservations.

CR will credit fees paid for registration to 1) another colleague who can attend and/or 2) a future CR event within 12 months or to any other CR initiative, ie. CR report, news subscription, etc. Substitutions may be made at any time, before the start of the conference at no additional charge.

Any cancellations received within 8 weeks of the event start date will not qualify for the above-outlined credits, and all no-show attendee fees are non-refundable and non-transferable to future events or other CR initiatives.

Why Attend the next EMEA Cash Cycle Seminar (ICCOS)

Insights from Experts

The EMEA Cash Cycle Seminar (ICCOS) organizers, Currency Research, have dedicated their experience and knowledge to carefully curating this year’s program, with agenda topics covering  Advancements in Cash Processing, Cash and payments Trends; Local, Regional, Global, Cash Cycle Efficiency and Sustainability and Contingency & Resilience and more,  allowing participants to stay updated on these relevant industry developments.

As an independent conference, The Cash Cycle Seminar (ICCOS) is a balanced and comprehensive platform that draws experts, thought leaders, and professionals within the industry from around the world to provide their valuable, global perspectives.

Why Attend

Attendees

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Bringing together the largest gathering of global senior-level attendees from central banks, currency-issuing authorities, security printing companies, technology providers, researchers, and other stakeholders involved in the currency industry.

Networking

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Connecting with industry colleagues is a key feature of the Cash Cycle Seminar (ICCOS) program.

This year’s program includes numerous opportunities to connect during daily coffee breaks and lunches, workshops, tours, evening cocktail receptions, and delegate dinner.

Get an enhanced experience by using our conference app to build connections with other attendees during the event, access event-related information and stay updated with schedules and sessions.

Industry Partners

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Access all the right industry solution providers to explore cutting-edge solutions for the industry. Our venue allows you to meet all suppliers in one place, a comfortable environment that fosters collaboration and potential partnerships for future projects. On average 55% of attendees are director-level or more senior providing a uniquely qualified audience to discuss new ideas that will lead the development of the future cash cycle.

CITY & TRAVEL

The CTICC is Africa’s leading Convention Centre located in the heart of Cape Town, South Africa. With over 20 years of service excellence and crafting extraordinary experiences, the CTICC has built an enviable reputation as a premier business tourism venue in South Africa and the world.

Convention Square, 1 Lower Long Street,

Cape Town, 8001 – South Africa

CTICC WEBSITE

The CTICC is a non-residential conference facility, and delegates will be required to make their own arrangements for accommodations. There are several accommodation options available near the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) in Cape Town. Visitors can choose from a range of hotels, guesthouses, and apartments conveniently located within walking distance or a short drive from the venue. These accommodations cater to different budgets and preferences, offering comfortable amenities and easy access to nearby attractions such as the V&A Waterfront. Whether seeking luxury or affordable lodging, visitors to the CTICC can easily find suitable accommodation options in the immediate surrounding area.

Hotel Reservations at The Westin Cape Town

The Westin Cape Town is located directly across the road from the CTICC. For your convenience we have secured a reduced delegate rate at the hotel, should you wish to book your accommodations within walking distance of the CTICC.

Currency Research is pleased to offer the following special room rates to our delegates, subject to the following terms:

  • The above rates are quoted in South African Rand (ZAR) and are per specified room, per night.
  • The above rates are inclusive of complimentary breakfast, served in Restaurant Thirty7.
  • The above rates include 15% VAT and 1% Tourism Levy.
  • The above rates are applicable over the above-stated period for the EMEA Cash Cycle Seminar.

Please contact Events Executive, Leigh-Anne Lyons, at the Westin Hotel directly, to make your reservation.

Email: leigh-ann.lyons@westin.com

Before making any travel arrangements to visit South Africa, please consult a South African Embassy or Consulate in your country to find out whether you require a Visa for your passport of origin.

Please note that it is mandatory for certain passport holders to present a Yellow Fever Certificate to enter South Africa. Please make sure to check this requirement.

Some helpful resources below, to be used as a guideline only. Please be sure to make the necessary inquiries with your nearest Embassy or Consulate for the most up-to-date information.

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Located between the Atlantic Ocean and the famed Table Mountain – there is nowhere quite like the city of Cape Town. Known as the ‘Mother City’, it is the oldest and arguably the most beautiful city in South Africa, with a cultural heritage spanning more than 300 years. Amid traditional Cape Dutch homesteads, vibrant African dancers performing in the streets, and the taste of impeccable South African wine, Cape town will fill your senses!

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Testimonials

“The Conference was VERY WELL organized and flowed very well. There was a good representation from numerous stakeholders in the industry.”

South African Reserve Bank

“Excellent venue, exceptional opportunity for networking, well-crafted agenda and a smoothly running program.”

BANTAS

“It was a very rewarding experience and opportunity to learn from the subject experts.”

Stanbic IBTC Bank

“The experience was great. The opportunity to meet people from different Central Banks, CIT companies, Industry players was valuable as I was able to get insight into how other countries are managing their cash.”

Central Bank of Nigeria

“Very good event, excellent organisation, very interesting contents of presentations and presenters.”

Raiffeisen Bank International AG

“It was the first time that I have participated at an CR seminar. It was an excellent organized seminar with top speakers from different segments of the cash community.  After 30 years in the association of the German cash companies I learned a lot about the complexity of our industry. These were three very interesting days!”

HOT Consulting (BDGW ret.)

2023 Sponsors

We appreciate the following list of leading industry suppliers who support the conference – and thus this industry – with their invaluable participation. If you are interested in sponsoring/exhibiting/presenting in 2024, we have a wide range of options & packages available to suit all requirements and all budgets. Please contact tmitchell@currency-research.com for more information. 

2023 Participating organisations

  • Afluenta
  • Armaguard
  • AWS
  • Bank for International Settlements (BIS)
  • Bank of Canada
  • Bank of Central African States (BEAC)
  • Bank of England
  • Bank of Ghana
  • Bank of Jamaica
  • Bank of Japan
  • Bank of Zambia
  • Banknote Ethics Initiative
  • Banque des Etats de l’Afrique Centrale
  • Bitso
  • BRXL
  • Casa de Monesa SE
  • CBDC Think Tank
  • Central Bank of Eswatini
  • Central Bank of Indonesia
  • Central Bank of Nigeria
  • Central Bank Of Somalia
  • Central Bank of The Bahamas
  • Chainalysis
  • Cipher-Core, Inc.
  • Clip
  • Crunchfish
  • Currency Network
  • Currency News
  • Currency Research
  • Delta Project
  • Department of Finance
  • Deutsche Bundesbank
  • Eastern Caribbean Central Bank
  • eCurrency
  • Federal Reserve Financial Services
  • Fireblocks
  • Federal Reserve Financial Services
  • Fireblocks
  • FNA
  • GeoEconomics Center
  • Grupo Seguridad Integral
  • Hyperledger Foundation
  • IACA
  • Ibex Mercado MX
  • IDEMIA
  • IMF
  • Koenig & Bauer Banknote Solutions
  • Legal Paradox
  • Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB)
  • Open Dialogue Foundation
  • Orell Füssli Ltd. Security Printing
  • Pinaka Consulting Ltd
  • Private Investor
  • ProgressSoft Corporation
  • Reserve Bank of Fiji
  • Reserve Bank of New Zealand
  • Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe
  • Ripple
  • Semigator GmbH (on behalf of Bundesdruckerei GmbH)
  • Sepsa
  • SODA
  • Somali National Bureau of Statistics
  • South African Reserve Bank
  • Stellar Development Foundation
  • Tata Consultancy Services
  • Trubit
  • U.S. Treasury
  • Unifits
  • Vaiu Global Inc
  • Visa
  • Wadzpay

2023 Countries in Attendance

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Cyprus, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Oman, Poland, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Somalia, South Africa, Spain, Swaziland, Sweden, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, USA, Zambia, Zimbabwe

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