Wincor Nixdorf opened its annual International Management Seminar in Marrakech, Morocco, at the Golf de Palmeraie.
Wincor welcomed guests during an opening reception and dinner at Dar Soukkar, also known as the Pearl of the South. Dar Soukkar, an old sugar factory, was built during the 16th century and is primarily used today for events and dinner parties.
Musicians entertain guests just before the dinner.
A band played a selection of traditional '70s and '80s pop and soul music during the dinner.
Stefan Auerbach, Wincor's executive vice president of banking, opened the sessions on May 28.
Auerbach quoted a famous Moroccan saying during his presentation, highlighting the close collaboration Wincor Nixdorf has with the kingdom of Morocco.
Rachida Benabdallah is Morocco's head of payments systems. She spoke with the audience about the country's efforts to increase the use and circulation of debit and credit.
Benabdallah says Morocco's eight banks are working closely together to improve Morocco's economic future and payments infrastructure.
Attendees networked during a coffee break.
Ger Moffat of Bank of Ireland speaks with a journalist during the break.
Alberto Planta, head of branch development and innovation for BNL - BNP Paribas Group in Italy, says deposit automation has helped the country revolutionize its branches and increase its deposit volume.
Eckard Heidloff, Wincor's president and chief executive, says Wincor is focused on Morocco as a point of entry to the rest of Africa.
Heidloff says Wincor's relationship with the kingdom of Morocco is unique, and Wincor is working closely with governmental leaders in the kingdom to improve the country's payments infrastructure.
Attendees were invited to tea and coffee throughout the day on one of the resort's scenic patios.
Eckard Heidloff and Javier Lopez-Bartolome, Wincor's president of the Americas and Iberia, take a break to catch up during one of the day's intermissions.
Dominic Hirsch of London-based Retail Banking Research shared insights about the future of deposit automation, within the branch and at the ATM.
Hirsch says deposit automation is revolutionizing branches in Europe and is expected to have a similar effect on the rest of the global banking market as more banks and credit unions roll out automated-deposit technology.
Andre Azoulay, counselor to the king of Morocco, his Majesty King Mohammed VI, shared some insights about the direction and progress the Islamic world is taking and making in its efforts to work more closely with the European Union.
Azoulay, who also is helping to lead and direct the newly created Mediterranean Union, says economic development, social evolution and acceptance and religious unity will be the keys to success over the next 10 years.
Attendees packed the house on both Thursday and Friday.
Dualing pianists entertained the group, under a clear sky and a crescent moon.
Berber dancers performed traditional Moroccan songs and dances.
The moon captivated the audience.
Storks are common throughout Marrakech.
Palais Badii is just one of many historic sites found within the walled city.