2020 has been a tough year for the remittance sector with many migrants losing jobs and returning in millions to their home countries. The pandemic induced economic crisis has been an eye-opener to many challenges that we need to overcome to help migrants whose families are heavily dependent on remittances.
The importance of remittances is ever more increasing and with the advancement of digital technology in the financial sector, the industry is bound to undergo a major shift in the coming years. And what a great way to witness the revolution in the industry by attending conferences where you can meet industry experts and listen to their ideas, and have a glimpse of the future of finances, payments, and cross-border money transfers.Â Â
We have listed the top 5 remittance conferences in 2021 that are worth attending.Â Â
Date: 15-18 November 2021(4 days)
Location: Miami (Hybrid-Event)
The International Money Transfers and Cross-Border Payments Conferences (IMTC) are the world's largest gatherings of international money transfer and payments industry. These conferences gather international payment professionals year after year to share their knowledge, discuss the latest developments, industry trends, and regulations, and in turn creating business and marketing opportunities for these professionals from different corners of the world.Â
The IMTC Conference happens every year with their largest event set in Miami with +450 participants from over 65 countries, every November since 2010. They celebrated their 10 years at the IMTC WORLD 2019, reaching a milestone of +500 attendees from 350+ companies coming from 70+ countries to Miami Beach.
This year, the main event, IMTC WORLD, 2021 is to be held on November 15-18, 2021 in Miami, and the regional events set in different cities of the world are IMTC LATAM, IMTC EMEA, and IMTC ASIA. It is going to be 'The First-Ever Hybrid Event of the Cross-Border Payment in the World', meaning that the Conferences can also be attended virtually by participants from around the globe.
The events include 88+ sessions, interviews, 300+ panelists, and several courses. The most captivating part of the event would be the 3D trade fair where participants can enter, explore, and chat with the great sponsors of the events.Â
Developed by the Platinum Network, LLC in partnership with Mohr World Consulting, the IMTC's participants include the researchers, the consultants, the regulators, the activists, the decision-makers, the politicians along with the providers of services or products associated with the industry's core services.Â
In recent years, with the emergence of new entrants from Fintech startups, Blockchain-based companies, and Venture Capitalists together with the traditional players, the IMTC conferences are at the center stage of the cross-border money transfer revolution.
Date: 24-27 October 2021 (4 days)
Location: Las Vegas (U.S.A.)
Every year Money20/20 brings to their audiences in-depth analytics, world-class insights, innovative ideas, and networking opportunities concerning the global money ecosystem. Money20/20 events attract industry leaders, innovators, and key players to discuss the next big thing in the world of payments, fintech, and financial services. The events mainly happen in Europe, Asia, and the U.S. The unique blend of tech, money, ideas, and innovative thinkers during such events is what drives the future of money.
Money2021 hosted by Money20/20 is all set to take place this year in Las Vegas on 24-27 October. This upcoming event is supposed to be the most anticipated in-person experience of 2021.
International Association of Money Transfer Networks (IAMTN) organizes events related to the remittance industry, cross-border payments, financial technology around the year, both virtual and physical.
IAMTN events provide a platform for payment professionals from across the globe and industry stakeholders to come together and discuss common challenges and to explore opportunities in the remittance sector.Â
They work closely with regulators, governments, the private sector, and other stakeholders, such as the FATF, FSB, World Bank, UNCDF, IFAD, etc. to promote reliable, safe, and efficient cross-border payments.
At the forefront of key industry initiatives, you do not want to miss out on their upcoming events.
Following are upcoming IAMTN events in 2021.
Date: 24-25 February 2021
Location: Kigali, RwandaÂ
About the Event: The FinBank Innovation Conference & Expo 2021 aims to provide a platform to stimulate collaborations and inclusion of the new technologies that will create a huge opportunity for Fintech Startups and companies to provide new financial services and products in the African market.Â
Date: 1 March 2021-30 April 2021 (2 episodes/ week)
About the Event: At MoneyLive Summit Goes Digital, you have access to a range of content including on-demand videos, white papers, podcasts, and innovation pitches. The event also facilitates key conversations and connections that can build networks, promote business growth, and stay ahead of the competition with the event's key features.
MoneyLIVE Connect is where all the networking activities happen including 1-1 connection, roundtable discussions, sessions with speakers, and more.
Date: Postponed to November 2021
About the Event: London Summit is a leading financial service and fintech conference where 3,500+ attendees, 130+ speakers, and 150+ exhibitors converge to network and share industry knowledge that is integral to the future of finance. The event is mainly centered around retail & institutional online trading, digital assets & blockchain, payments, and fintech and innovation.Â
All Fintech Events and Conferences, 2021
Fintech is growing in popularity at a rapid rate. With several Fintech events and conferences lined up in 2021, what a great way to get up to date with the trends in the industry. If you are interested to know about Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the financial industry, blockchain technology, the future of cryptocurrencies, mobile banking, and many other topics related to fintech, we have compiled a list of top fintech conferences and events in 2021 that you can attend.Â
Date: 16-18 June 2021 (3 days)
Location: Nairobi (Kenya) or OnlineÂ
Host: United NationsÂ
The Global Forum on Remittances, Investment, and Development (GFRID) hosted its first-ever forum in 2007 in Washington D.C. (USA). Since then it has gathered more than 1000 participants from the government and private sector, and the civil bodies providing a platform to discuss and develop the best practices in maximizing the impact of the remittance in improving the lives of migrant's communities.
The events aim to work on enhancing the coordination of remittances and migrant investment and to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals such as to decrease the cost of remittances.Â
This year, the GFRID will focus on challenges and opportunities in the African remittance market and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on migrants' remittances, and its effect on the sustainable development of the migrants.Â
This year's forum will also discuss how innovation and technology can help lower the cost of remittances and drive greater financial inclusion.Â
Over 500 attendees from governments, banks, the private sector, civil society, and multilateral organizations are expected to take part in the forum.