Global government leaders recognize P20 as an important forum, as attendance shows in 2018
Since the inaugural event in 2017, the P20 has steadily increased its international reach, becoming an increasingly recognized platform for the world’s leaders in payments and financial technology. That extensive reach has grown from the U.S. and U.K. to include representatives from Brazil, China and Canada, with more alliances forming in the weeks and months leading up to P20’s return to London, in October 2019.
“Payments is a global issue, how people transact payments is going to be transformed by technology,” said Antony Phillipson, Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for North America. “It’s a global issue, you can’t opt out of payments, businesses can’t opt out of making payments.”
Phillipson, who took part in the 2018 P20 in Atlanta, believes the universal impact of payments and financial technology on people across the world positions the P20 as an incredibly relevant and meaningful organization.
“The P20 has created a conversation,” said Phillipson. “And if there is a place to go to have a conversation about what technology is going to do, how it’s going to transform these industries, how could you not want to be a part of it? “I think (the P20 Atlanta conference is) fantastic as a follow up to the first conference in London, and I look forward to seeing them back in London in (2019).”
Another government leader in attendance to the Atlanta P20 Conference, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, believes the burgeoning FinTech and payments pipeline between Atlanta and London is a natural product of a strong partnership.
“When you combine the two great centers of financial services, which is London, England, and now the state of Georgia through our FinTech industries here — when you combine the two, good things happen,” said Deal.
During his eight years in office, Governor Deal presided over a period of strong economic growth in Georgia, with much of that growth fueled by the payments and FinTech industries.
“We’re pleased that Georgia is leading the nation in that regard, and London will be a partner of ours, because this is an industry that is going to continue to grow,” said Deal. “More and more people depend on it. It’s the way they carry on their everyday lives. To have that in an international atmosphere with the financial enterprises in London, England, those are great things.”
The P20 is scheduled to return to London October 2-3, 2019, two years after its inaugural gathering at Lancaster House.