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Our Mission

CashEssentials is as an independent initiative, which aims at offering a platform for debate about the payments and monetary ecosystems, to conduct and foster high-quality research on cash and its future.

Why CashEssentials?

Every day billions of banknotes and coins change hands, enabling transactions and contributing to economic growth. Banknotes and coins are a collective good. They are issued by central banks or monetary authorities, distributed by banks and spent by individuals.

Because it is a common good, the evolution of cash is shaped collectively. Central banks may decide on the design and the denomination mix; commercial banks facilitate the distribution by deploying ATMs and branches; retailers facilitate its acceptance; but it is ultimately the consumer who drives demand.

This website was launched in April 2016. The original content is based on the white paper Cash Essentials – Beyond Payments, written by Guillaume Lepecq in 2016.

Who are we?

Guillaume Lepecq is a globally recognized expert in the subjects of payments and cash and founder of AGIS Consulting, an independent strategy consulting company specialised in payment transaction strategies & solutions. AGIS focuses on providing payments professionals with value-added business insight & marketing solutions in the payments value chain. He has written a number of publications and reports detailing the role of cash in society and the means by which it flows across the economic landscape including: “Cash Essentials – Beyond Payments”, “The Future of Cash”, “The Future of Smart Payments” and “Managing the Changeover to the Euro”.

Guillaume Lepecq: guillaume.lepecq@agis-consulting.com

Founded in 1927 and headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland, SICPA is a privately owned company, providing secured identification, traceability and authentication solutions and services.

Founded in 1934, the International Security Ligue is a worldwide association of the leading companies in the  area of private security. Over the years the Ligue has played a vital role in defining, establishing and maintaining the highest ethical and professional standards of the private security industry, worldwide. This has been achieved through the exchange of ideas and experiences between the members of the leading companies from the represented countries.