Meanwhile, the logical advocates for cash, central banks, maintain determinedly their neutrality about different payment instruments and won’t promote one over another – arguing for choice and seeking the lowest payment cost to the economy and society.
We aren’t just publishers of Currency News™ – one of half of the publishing venture, Reconnaissance International, is also organiser of the three regional High Security printing conferences and the Optical and Digital Document Security events.
Even in these days of COVID-19-induced turmoil, not all plans and activities are on hold – as demonstrated by the Royal Dutch Mint, which has just moved into ultra-modern new premises that were constructed in a mere nine months.
On 11 March 2020 the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared COVID-19 to be a pandemic. At around the same time, they also managed to convey an impression of cash in the context of the virus that could have long-lasting and damaging effects.
The Bank of Mexico was named Currency Manager of the Year for the way it is fulfilling its mandate to ensure an efficient money supply and guarantee the availability of cash in a country where this is not just a core but a growing means of payment – which it has achieved by opening a second printing facility and cash centre.