The Congress opened with a dinner exhibition on Thursday 27th March. The first day of the business programme on 28th March started with the ACI International General Assembly, followed by a high level sell/buy side discussion on developments in FX with a particular focus on regulation and how to keep the ethos of a self-regulated market alive. Different contact sessions closed out the day’s proceedings before delegates enjoyed the evening party “Germany meets the World” at the U3- Subway tunnel.
The next day started with the General Assembly of ACI Germany, and in parallel a keynote speech for international delegates by Helmut Rittgen, Head of Cash Policy Department Deutsche Bundesbank on the introduction of the Deutsche Mark in the former German Democratic Republic. The following speech to all delegates by Mr. Jens Weidmann, President of the Deutsche Bundesbank, on the current economic and monetary situation in the Eurozone was the top highlight of the congress. The morning sessions closed with a keynote from Peter Zoellner, Head of Banking Department Bank for International Settlement on recent trends in the foreign exchange and money markets.
Afternoon workshops of different dedicated working groups of ACI Germany covered recent trends in Asset-/Liability-Management, Covered Bonds, Credits, Foreign Exchange, Liquidity Management, Regulation and Repos. The Congress closed with a final networking event in the evening, the Gala Diner, including the traditional handing over of the ACI flag to ACI Italy as the host of the next ACI World Congress.
Georg-Heinrich Sieveking, President of ACI Germany, declared: “ACI Germany is very proud that more than 1000 participants from all over the world followed our invitation to attend the 53rd ACI World Congress in Berlin. We are very happy that we could offer to so many delegates our comprehensive program on the most recent questions and trends across the Financial Markets business, as well as good opportunities for discussions and networking among business partners.” Finally, ACI Germany also likes to express its special thanks to the exhibitors and sponsors for their support of the Congress. In a highly frequented exhibition area, delegates had the opportunity to see some of the latest products and innovations available in the market.