The theme of this years EBA day was 'Advancing Thought Leadership' and it was refeshing to hear the welcoming speech from the chairman of EBA stressing the importance of banks in taking a more proactive role. The need to be at the forefront of change and
to explore and take a risk in leading innovation rather than standing back. A view which I whole heartedly endorse, for far too long many financial institutions have had to be dragged into the 21st century.
EBA day was appauded as the perfect medium for this, as delegates are able to discuss new ideas with their peers and through the sessions understand changes in the market. They are then able to immediately exchange new ideas with the technology suppliers
and consultants who can help translate these ideas and make them a reality.
Seldom have I heard at a conference, reference to the importance of the attendence of suppliers. Usually they seem to be considered a minor inconvenience that have to be put up with for the sake of covering the cost of the event.