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November 20, 2003 – 21st Annual Monetary Conference at Cato Institute, Washington, D.C., with theme, “The Future of the Euro.”

The featured speakers are Alan Greenspan, James M. Buchanan, Anna J. Schwartz and Vaclav Klaus.  The issues for discussion are:  "Can the European Monetary Union persist and prosper without political union?", "If political union is unrealistic, what is the future of the euro?", "Will Europe’s coming pension crisis undermine the Stability and Growth Pact and jeopardize the European Central Bank’s commitment to long-run price stability?", and "What are the costs and benefits of joining the euro zone?"

January 16-20, 2004 – Fourth Annual World Social Forum in Mumbai, India

This conference for an expected 75,000 people, will be open meeting place for reflective thinking, democratic debate of ideas, formulation of proposals, free exchange of experiences and interlinking for effective action, by groups and movements of civil society that are opposed to neo-liberalism and to domination of the world by capital and any form of imperialism, and are committed to building a planetary society directed towards fruitful relationships among Mankind and between it and the Earth.

Planning to attend, among others, are Noam Chomsky and Nelson Mandela.

This forum is listed here as it’s the belief of the Single Global Currency Association that the single global currency can be consistent with the values of many of those who  opppose many aspects of globalization.

April 4-6, 2003

11th Annual Global Finance Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.


April 26-28, 2004, Annual Milken Institute Global Conference, Los Angeles

"where the world’s leading business, economic, government and academic talent come together to assess where the world is headed."  See

July 29-31, 2004 – Athenian Policy Forum Biennial Conference to Focus on Currency Arrangements

  The conference, to be held in Frankfurt, Germany, will have the theme: "Asymmetries in Trade and Currency Arrangements in the 21st Century".  The Single Global Currency Association has written to the Organizing Committee of that conference to urge that the single global currency be presented and discussed at that conference.  For more information about the Athenian Policy Forum and its planned activities over the next two years, go to:




October 16-19, 2003 – 56th International Atlantic Economic Conference, in Qubec City

This conference includes panels on International Finance.

October 2-3, 2003

22nd Annual International Trade and Monetary Conference, Global Interdependence Center. “Economic Impact Two Years after 9/11, Where are we now?”

The conference was held in Philadelphia at the Federal Reserve Bank.  While this conference did not have sessions on foreign exchange, previous G.I.C. conferences have done so, and those sessions are on the same web site.

September 14, 2003 –  Sweden voted "No" on the euro 

Sweden voted "No" on whether to join the euro and drop its krona as a currency.   According to the New York Times, a pre-election poll shows 53% against adopting the euro and 43 percent in favor.   The majority of the article was about the uncertain date for the planned referendum on the euro in the United Kingdom.  (New York Times, 8/27/03, by Alan Cowell, "Euro Vote Unlikely Soon as Britain Focuses on Iraq".)

Note:  See the Swedish government’s web site about that country’s referendum at Sweden and the euro.

September 7-11, 2003

Central Banking Annual Training Course/Seminar Series
Autumn 2003

National And International Payment Systems And The Impact Of E-money

4-day intensive residential programme, 7 September – 11 September 2003
Venue: Christ’s College, Cambridge

Charles Goldfinger(Global Electronic Finance Management/Chairman, Financial Internet Working Group) presented a seminar entitled “The future of payment systems” From the agenda, "This session will explore some of the possible future directions which evolving money and payment systems technologies may follow. What will be the consequences for central banks of a proliferation of issuers and currencies? Alternatively, will we see the emergence of a single global currency? How will digital value contracts evolve and what will be the regulatory implications?"

June 15-17, 2003

Tenth Annual Global Finance Conference, Global Finance Association

held at the European Business School, Frankfurt/Main, Germany.


June 28 – July 4, 2003

Tenth Annual Conference of the Multinational Finance Society, in Montreal.  Single global  currency-related Topics included "The Determinants of Foreign Currency Hedging by UK non-Financial Firms", "U.S. Acquisitions of Canadian Firms and the Role of the Exchange Rate", "European Currency Volatility After Economic and Monetary Union", "The Impace of the Asian Crisis on Currency Bid-Ask Spreads", and "Bias in Analysts’ Earnings Forecasts and Foreign Currency Hedging: Evidence from Multinational, Large and Non-Finacial U.S.Corporations".

May 29- June 1, 2003

37th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Economics Association

At this conference, there were several presentations relating to the current exchange rate systems, including "U.S. Acquisitions of Canadian Firms and the Role of the Exchange Rate" and "Do Central Banks Target Exchange Rates? A Structural Empirical Investigation".

May 13-14, 2003

There was a meeting of the "International Monetary Convention" in Madrid.  For that meeting, Robert Skidelsky prepared his article “Exchange Rate System for ‘Mature’ Economies in a Global Economy”, in which he referred to the Single Global Currency as "utopian".  The meeting was held by the "Reinventing Bretton Woods Committee".

January 26, 2001

The World Economic Forum, based in Switzerland, held a panel entitled "Does the Global Economy Need a Global Economy".  Fouir of the participants (Jeffrey Frankel, Martin Feldstein, Jacob Frankel and Haruhiko Kuroda were pessimistic about the utility or feasibility of a single global currency.  Robert Mundell offered the proposal that two or more of the major currencies (dollar, euro, yen) become linked to each other; but he acknowledged that this would require currently politically unacceptable abandonment of local/national control of monetary policy for the central banks in those currency areas.

See What’s been said against the SGC in this website.

November 8, 2000

The International Monetary Fund held a forum entitled “One World, One Currency: Destination or Delusion?” with participants Paul Masson, Robert Mundell, Maurice Obstfeld and Alexander Swoboda.  See What’s been said for the SGC: Academics and Economists in this website.

October 4-5, 2000

The North-South Institute held a conference entitled "To Dollarize or not to Dollarize? Currency Alternatives for the Western Hemisphere".  There were five panel discussions, entitled, "Defining the Problem", Alternate Currency Arrangements", "Latin American Experiences", "Is Dollarization Inevitable" and "A Common Currency for the Americas?"