2ND - 4TH JULY 2002  (Organised By Intermarc Consulting)


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History of SmartCard Expo

The Smart Card Expo clocks two this year after its maiden edition last year which was unarguably a huge success. The idea came according to Miss Susan Okungbowa, head of Intermarc Consulting Limited, the organisers of the Expo primarily to promote electronic payment systems in Nigeria. ValuCard Nigeria Limited introduced smart card form of payment to the country in 1999. But, the acceptability was dismal, as many Nigerians still preferred to carry cash for transactions. All efforts by the organisation showed little results and many banks were becoming sceptical about the success of such a payment facility in Nigeria.

How do you then convince high volume buyers to carry debit (smart) cards which are safer and more convenient? How do you build the card culture as evident in more developed societies? What knowledge does the average Nigerian has about card facility? The answer to these questions is the story of Smart Card Expo 2001, an annual International Conference and Exhibition that brought together card operators and would-be card users in a user friendly environment where experiences from other successful countries are shared and the technology behind Cards are made bare.

The 2002 edition is billed to be a major crowd puller as both government and the private sector are set to make the event a mega-success.

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