Regional Banking Conference Set for Lagos in May

The Third African Banking Technology Conference, hosted by AITEC Africa, will hold at the Eko Hotel, Lagos (Nigeria) between May 6 and 8, 2008. The theme of the conference is Competing in a Borderless World. Mr Valentine Obi, CEO of eTranzact, said: “This conference represents an opportunity for Nigeria’s booming financial sector to assess latest technologies, both local and international, that will help increase productivity and profitability and improve clients’ service. We are pleased to be associated with an event that is going to provide world-class briefings for the sector’s decision-makers.”

Charles Nwodo, CEO of XL, said: “Having worked with AITEC in the past, we know they will deliver a world-class event and we are confident that by participating in it we will reach key decision-makers in the banking industry.” Sean Moroney, Chairman of AITEC, welcomed the support from these initial sponsors: “In all the events we hold, we like to work with all key stake-holders in order to serve the educational needs of the industry as a whole. We will be offering an extensive information and networking programme, attracting international and local experts to brief the participants.”

Speakers and topics confirmed for the conference so far include:
• Deon van Heerden, VP MEA Sales & SA Country Manager, Clickatell, South Africa: The mobile device as next generation channel for banks: A case study
• ‘Gbenga Sesan, ED, Paradigm Initiative Nigeria: The Other Side of Improved Teledensity: Cybercrime Threats to Mobile Banking
• Barry Coetzee, MD, Iveri, South Africa: The frontiers of payment technologies
• Jean Moncrieff, CEO, Emerge Africa, South Africa: Effective business process management for banks
• Martin Orji, Managing Director, Nex-Rubica, UK: Setting up a trading, risk management and middle office infrastructure within an investment banking environment
• James Massey, GM, BPC Banking Technologies MEA, Russia: The effect of mergers and acquisitions on banking systems
• Macauley Atasie, CEO, Nextzon, Nigeria: Latest developments in card technology in Nigeria
• Bernard Matthewman, CEO, Paynet, Kenya: Are e-banking channels delivering on their promise for all stakeholders?
• Jim Baird, Managing Director, ATM Africa International, South Africa: The changing face of self-service in Africa
• Mark O’Flynn, Director – Africa & ME, VeriFone EMEA, UK: The direction of electronic payments
• Estevao Tokata, Director, Africa, First Data, South Africa: Prepaid and debit acceptance within the African region
• Girisch Nair, Group Chief Executive, Technology Associates Group, UAE: Collaborative payment solutions assisting in banking the underbanked – proven successes in the East African card payments industry
• Shaun Campbell, Business Development Manager, Upaid, UK: What is the future landscape of Banking the Unbanked?
• Sam Kamiti, GM Alternate Business Channels, Equity Bank Limited, Kenya: Leveraging on alternative business channels to deliver financial services 24/7 cost-effectively and advance the frontier

The event will also include an exhibition to showcase latest banking technology products and services. Bankers wanting to attend the event are invited to email the organisers on

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