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Harnessing Innovation to Enable Internationalisation

An Interview with Philippe Messager, President, Association Française des Trésoriers d’Entreprise (AFTE)

Attracting 1,100 treasury professionals, AFTE’s annual conference takes place on 18-19 November 2014 at the Palais Brongniart, Paris. As in previous years, the conference is the flagship event for the treasury community in France, with an impressive line-up of speakers and 55 partner organisations, including leading banks, fund managers and technology vendors. Ahead of the event, Helen Sanders, Editor, talks to Philippe Messager, President of AFTE, about some of the conference themes, and wider treasury priorities in France.

What are the major themes of the 2014 AFTE Conference?

The themes of this year’s event are Internationalisation and Innovation, which together sum up the priorities, challenges and opportunities of the corporate treasury community today. With negligible growth in traditional markets such as the Eurozone, companies of all sizes are exploring new regions in their pursuit of growth, and therefore need to explore new approaches to managing cash and liquidity, financing, foreign exchange, market and credit risk. On the first day of the conference, for example, we have sessions on emerging markets, and specific workshops on Africa and China.