The Future of Cash 

Madrid, Spain | 17-18 February 2021

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FOC postponed to 17-18 February 2021 – see our Statement and FAQ

About The Future of Cash

 The Future of Cash conference was the first of its kind to bring together all stakeholders involved in the cash cycle. It typically attracts delegates from central banks, financial institutions, retailers, cash management companies, technology providers and other suppliers.

The Future of Cash conference focuses on understanding the changing cash environment and what stakeholders are doing to optimise the cash cycle and to keep cash competitive and relevant. It brings together all stakeholders to discuss new strategies for creating the cash cycle of the future.

Despite the increasing popularity of digital payment methods, nearly 85% of all retail transactions today are still made with cash, representing around 60% of retail transaction value.

Clearly cash is, and will remain, an important payment instrument. In a fast changing payment landscape, today’s challenge is to ensure cash is available, easy for people and organisations to use and its costs are low and competitive.  This is a challenging agenda whether you are a central bank or a commercial organisation in the cash cycle.

The conference is a stand-alone two day event which focuses on achieving operational efficiencies within the cash cycle. This enables stakeholders to share their best practices and expertise, with the aim of improving the overall functioning of cash and the cash cycle.

Previous events have been held in Paris, Vienna and more recently, Athens. Madrid will play host to the 2021 event.

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COVID-19 is still threatening but cash is not in spreading it
https://www.cashless-economy.com/Banknotes-are-not-spreading-COVID-19_a292.html

People who use cash are not 'left behind', waiting to be upgraded to a better system. They are choosing to use a privacy-preserving, resilient form of payment that survives when the panopticon bank payments system goes down

I'll be defending the idea of payments privacy in this Currency News debate next week https://currency-news.com/book-club/

The #US is confronted with a #coinshortage as the #pandemic has disrupted the supply chain and normal flows of coin throughout the economy.

But the @federalreserve, the supply chain and retailers are getting creative.

READ HOW: http://ow.ly/DTJC50AENJT | #getcoinmoving

The COVID19 crisis has led to a World Economic Outlook forecast with a "higher-than usual degree of uncertainty." More than ever cash cycle analytics requires the right questions and good interpretation to be useful. We are here to help - please email DLRAnalytics@delarue.com

The collapse of German Fintech champion has sent shockwaves across financial markets, the fintech industry and regulators. But those who have suffered the most are the vulnerable users of its digital payment services. https://cashessentials.org/wirecard-bankruptcy-is-hurting-the-most-vulnerable/

Has Covid-19 speeded up a phenomenon already under way, favouring online retailing and the many alternative means of payment? Not quite as the banknote industry hits back against claims on the decline of cash. https://cashessentials.org/news/banknote-industry-hits-back-against-claims-of-its-decline/

⚠️🇫🇷 Le Ministère @Economie_Gouv rappelle aux commerçants qu'il est interdit de refuser les #espèces de la part d'un client sous peine d'une amende de 150 €. (23/07/2020)

https://www.economie.gouv.fr/entreprises/moyens-paiement-obligatoires

#ArgentLiquide #Cash 💵💶💷

Despite the scale of the #Covid19 pandemic, the #payment system – cash and non-cash – has weathered the storm.

We are reminded why #cash is a vital part of the transition from exclusion to inclusion: http://ow.ly/fLU750Au0w1 | #accesstocash #financialinclusion #banking

Ordinary cryptocurrencies are getting boring. It's time for something much more radical.

I'm going to be talking about this live tomorrow alongside @isthisanart_ and @thegrifft for the Community Currency Alliance (@CCA_Now) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngk015mTNiU&feature=youtu.be

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Amazing organisation with extremely interesting presentations covering all aspects of cash.

Bank of Spain

It was a great conference. The topics discussed give us an overview, a big picture of the trends in the currency industry. Hence, allowing CB and other stakeholders to incorporate these into policy and strategies

Banco de Moçambique

This was my first time at the FOC conference I was really impressed by the high level of knowledge and expertise of the participants very interesting presentations and great discussions, Looking forward to next year’s conference.

Piraeus Bank

2021 Conference

The 2020 event will take place over two days and will include sessions on:

  • Changing demand
  • Improvements in cash collection
  • Making cash more efficient
  • How technical and process innovation can transform the way cash is used and handled.

Within these sessions will be a series of presentations covering:

  • Central bank perspectives on cash
  • Changing cash cycle models
  • Cash recycling and substitution
  • Cash centre efficiency
  • Standards and automation
  • Cross-stakeholder collaboration.

 There will also be a number of panel discussions which, as in previous years, and promise a lively addition to the programme.

Some of the key questions we will explore include:

  • What is driving cash demand and how can banks meet this demand more effectively? Do we really understand cash usage?
  • What innovations contribute to increasing the efficiency of the cash cycle?
  • How can we optimise ATM replenishment?
  • How can all parties in the supply chain better collaborate?
  • What are the latest technological innovations that will transform the way cash is handled? What does “data” and “digital cash” offer?
  • How might they help banks forge better relationships with customers?
  • Can we make cash profitable?
  • What is the role of the central bank in the cash cycle?
  • What is the impact of payment regulation?
  • How should a central bank balance the “good” and the “bad” attributes of cash?
  • Are customers ready for cashless branches yet?
  • Can we work with other payment technology to make cash more convenient to use?

Branding Opportunities

(Please note that the fees for branding opportunities are in addition to the sponsor fees. Alternatively, the branding opportunities can be purchased without companies having to be a sponsor).

 

App & Handbook

€2500

Opening Cocktail Reception with Canapes

€5000

Coffee-refreshment-lunch breaks over 2 days

€5200 / 2 days
€2600 / day

Farewell Drinks

€2000

Lanyards

€2000

Sponsors and Exhibitors

The organisers will publicise sponsors and exhibitors on all relevant publicity materials from the date that the confirmation payment is received, and will display the sponsors’ and exhibitors’ logos on printed materials and the event website (with a live link if details are provided).

Conference sponsorships and exhibitor booths will be final and reserved on receipt of full payment. All payments are nonrefundable.

The organisers will provide all sponsors and exhibitors with details of recommended suppliers, including (but not limited to) shipping suppliers and stand contractors. It cannot accept any responsibility for any issues arising from the use of suppliers outside of these recommendations.

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Our Venue

Meliá Madrid Princesa – Spain

Making your hotel reservation

Delegates are responsible for arranging their own travel and accommodation.

Booking Your Stay

Delegates will be able to book their stay for the conference and receive the special Reconnaissance International rate at a later date. Watch this space!

€200 per night

Includes breakfast and taxes.

Contact Details

Meliá Madrid Princesa

Calle de la Princesa, 27
Madrid

Tel (34) 915 41 82 00
Website

Beware of Unsolicited Offers

Delegates should only book their accommodation using the official reservation page when it becomes available – and not through any other agent.

Disreputable companies (such as Royal Visit, Trade Show Housing) have been known to approach delegates with unauthorised offers – and these companies cannot be trusted.

Such companies have not been endorsed by us – and we never share delegate information with any housing company or travel agent. All unsolicited offers should be ignored. 

If you have any questions or concerns about the hotel arrangements, contact the conference team:

Melia Madrid Princesa

Delegate Fees

Standard Booking

After 20 November 2020
1950
  • Prices exclude local VAT.   
  • Payments must be made in the same currency as the invoice
  • Payments can be made by bank transfer, credit or debit card
  • All credit card payments will be taken in the currency of the invoice and your credit card provider will convert the payment to the currency relevant to your credit card at their exchange rates
  • Full payment must be received before the Conference commences
  • Admission is restricted to registered attendees only

Registration Fees Include:

  • Attendance at the conference
  • Download of presentations
  • Lunches on both days of the conference
  • Coffee and tea breaks on both days of the conference
  • Attendance at the Welcome Cocktail Reception and Farewell Drinks

Registration Fees Exclude:

  • Travel to and from the location city
  • Hotel accommodation
  • Personal or subsistence expenses
  • Visa procurement

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