African Currency Forum scheduled for November 2016 in Egypt

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June 30, 2016 – The organisers of the 19th conference of the Association of African Banknotes and Security Documents Printers (AABSDP) are pleased to announce that the event will take place in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt from 20 to 23 November 2016. 

Hosted by The Printing House of the Central Bank of Egypt, the event will build on the success of the last conference in Cape Town two years ago. The conference has changed its name from African Banknote Conference to African Currency Forum – but it will once again focus on improving the security and cost-effectiveness of banknotes, as well as ID and other secure documents.


The conference will welcome central banks and their printing works, government secure document issuers and security printers, and global industry suppliers. Apart from AABSDP members, The Printing House is also inviting delegates from the 42 African central banks and 15 national banks as well as selected guests from a number of central banks and institutions outside the continent.

Background and aim

In his welcome, Mr. Khaled Farouk Osman (Sub-Governor of The Printing House of the Central Bank of Egypt) said: ‘In Egypt, currency in circulation continues to grow reflecting what is happening in the rest of Africa and, indeed most of the world. As a result, central banks are facing even more pressure – whether to reduce the volume of cash produced annually by making it more durable, develop more efficient cash cycles or reduce the cost of producing cash, while at the same time enhancing its security.’

He continued: ‘Our aim is for delegates to leave the conference armed with information for making the best decisions on procuring, producing and processing their banknotes, coins and security documents.’

The event has adopted the name African Currency Forum to reflect that the intent is information and education through dialogue, and building on what was achieved in Cape Town. It aims to create a more energetic, interactive and challenging environment for discussion and debate.

Social events and venue

The conference will also include a number of social events to enable delegates to enjoy some Egyptian Culture and entertainment and see the wonderful surroundings of Sharm el-Sheikh.

The event will be managed on behalf of The Printing House by Reconnaissance International.

Call for Papers now open

If you would like to present a paper in Sharm el-Sheikh, you are invited to send a 200-word abstract on your topic or case study before Friday 15 July 2016. 

More information on the Call for Papers is available here. 

This is the general website of the African Currency Forum.

Here you can find more information about the conference organisers.

And for registration details, please click here.