2013 Event Centers on Financial Inclusion

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Marrakesh, 18 April, 2013: I-conférences and MasterCard have announced their consecutive fifth year collaboration for the Cartes Afrique forum, a prominent industry event that witnesses strong participation from the electronic banking, digital security, cards, payments and contactless technology communities. The eighth edition of the forum will take place at the Kenzi Hotel Menara Palace, Marrakesh on 25th and 26th April 2013, and focus on financial inclusion through electronic payments.

Cartes Afrique is a two day event organized by I-conférences in partnership with MasterCard, the regional monetary centers CMI, Gim Uemoa, Gimtel, SMT and Sarrafa. The 2013 edition of Cartes Afrique will focus on the new payment methods related to financial inclusion, ranging from innovations and the latest trends in card technologies to prepaid solutions.

“Financial inclusion for all throughout the Middle East and Africa is a strong focus for MasterCard, and we are delighted to support the Cartes Afrique forum for the fifth consecutive year. We believe that everyone should have an opportunity to participate in the global economy and have access to formal banking products. Electronic payments play a crucial role in bringing financial services to consumers who have previously not been a part of this community,” said Faissal Khdiri, Market Manager, North and French Speaking Sub-Sahara Africa, MasterCard.

“The eighth edition of the Cartes Afrique forum is certain to be one of our most successful to date. Financial inclusion has become a key focus for the industry as a whole as governments and businesses are becoming increasingly aware of the savings and efficiencies that come with financial inclusion. Driven by new technology and growing mobile adoption, we see the world of banking products open up to a whole new segment of society, and we look forward to discussing these innovations with the key industry players attending the forum,” added Ali Torres, Deputy Director of i-conférences organizer of Cartes Afrique.

The event will feature an executive roundtable on the impact of payment methods on financial inclusion, keynote speeches and panel sessions on mobile financial services and prepaid cards as catalysts for financial inclusion and a range of workshops. The 2013 Cartes Afrique forum will also allow attendees to revisit past trends in electronic payment systems, authentication, security, corporate solutions and government applications.

MasterCard will be represented by Brian Lang, Senior Vice-President, Market Development, MEA and Peter Schultz, Vice President, Mobile Payments, MEA for the panel sessions, while Faissal Khdiri will give the opening speech and form part of the scientific committee.

About MasterCard

MasterCard (NYSE: MA), www.mastercard.com, is a technology company in the global payments industry. We operate the world’s fastest payments processing network, connecting consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. MasterCard’s products and solutions make everyday commerce activities – such as shopping, traveling, running a business and managing finances – easier, more secure and more efficient for everyone. Follow us on Twitter @MasterCardNewsjoin the discussion on the Cashless Conversations Blog and subscribefor the latest news.

About I-conferences

i-conférences is leader in the organization of B2B conferences for the North, Central and West Africa area with the aim of promoting investment and development of strategic sectors. Our conferences are intended for governments and public authorities, businesses, finance professionals, consultants, legal advisors, and all professionals involved in the economical development of the continent.

Since 2004 our conferences have benefited from the support of international and regional economic and political players, which allowed us to build our reputation and to organize successful consecutive editions. Our conferences have thus become major yearly forums for the key players in the region. Cartes Afrique, Africa Infrastructure Forum, Africa Power Forum, Africa Banking Forum, Forum Postal Africain, Africa Telecom Forum  are a few examples of our conferences.




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