ACI – The Financial Markets Association is to revert to a single World Congress each year, replacing the current schedule wherein the global events are bi-annual with European and Asia Pacific Congress held in the intervening years. The decision was taken at the ACI Council meeting held in Bucharest and comes in response to feedback from sponsors, exhibitors and ACI national associations, according to Heering Ligthart, president of ACI.
Under the new arrangement, the 23rd Asia Pacific Congress due to be held in Manila in Autumn 2004 has been re-scheduled, The Philippines will now host the 2006 World Congress. After much discussion, however, it was agreed that due to the short notice available, the 7th European Congress of ACI, due to be held in London in May 2004, will not be re-designated as a global event. The new schedule will commence with ACI’s 50th anniversary event, the 44th World Congress, in Stockholm in 2005.
Ligthart says that ACI understands the logistical and financial obstacles faced by sponsors, exhibitors and members in supporting multiple events in a single year and adds that the new arrangement signals ACI’s commitment to working with sponsors and exhibitors to ensure ACI events continue to offer an outstanding forum upon which to demonstrate their products and services. Ligthart further adds that the new schedule allows sponsors, exhibitors, national associations and members to focus upon one centrepiece occasion each year, thus providing a larger and more accessible platform for all concerned.
In spite of the removal of the European and Asia Pacific congresses, ACI’s Council did agree that sub-regional events, such as those held in the Benelux and Nordic regions, could continue to be held. The new schedule for ACI Congresses will ensure that Europe and Asia host events on a three-year rotation and currently stands as follows:
September 10-14 2003
43rd World Congress
May 25-29 2004
7th European Congress
May 24-28 2005
44th World Congress
45th World Congress
46th World Congress