There was a record attendance at this year’s ‘Treasury Services EMEA Thought Leadership and Training Seminar’ held in Istanbul in early November. Over 80 clients attended the seminar from more than 17 countries around the region, ranging from Kazakhstan to Tunisia, almost double the number of clients that attended last year’s event in Frankfurt.
The seminar was hosted by Dominic Broom, head of Treasury Services EMEA at BNY Mellon, and covered a wide range of topics from trade to cash management. “These are challenging and exciting times for all of us in the transaction banking business and our industry is going through a rapid state of evolution,” said Broom. “This year’s seminar in Turkey gave us a chance to discuss this evolution with our clients, examine how it is unfolding and look at how we as banks are positioned to adapt to the challenges that lie ahead.”
The agenda included external speakers such as Seltem İyigün from COFACE SİGORTA A.S, who gave an economic overview of the region, and Diana Biggs from DCCB Ltd, who talked about cryptocurrencies and blockchains. The BNY Mellon speakers included Mauro Bonacina, Monika Aminiova, Daniela Eder, Gerry Barber, Matt Wells and Jan Becher.
“There was a strong attendance by heads of transaction banking and heads of financial institutions from our Turkish correspondent banking partners,” commented Cihat Takunyaci, country manager for Turkey at BNY Mellon. “Istanbul sits at the confluence of where East meets West and is a natural trade hub for the region. The venue, which overlooks the Bosphorus, was a fitting location for us to share our views with clients on what’s driving trade growth in Asia and discuss Turkey’s role as an exporting center for goods which are being developed with Asian components, manufactured here in Turkey and then sold to Western Europe.”