MasterCard to Host Global Payments Symposium at Mobile World Congress 2013

  MasterCard to Host Global Payments Symposium at Mobile World Congress 2013

  Event to Convene Industry Leaders from Around the World to Discuss Mobile
                   Technologies and the Future of Payments

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Mobile World Congress 2013

Business Wire

PURCHASE, N.Y. -- February 5, 2013

MasterCard (NYSE:MA) today announced the MasterCard Mobile Payments Global
Symposium, a full day of engaging dialogue on the topics of NFC, mobile money
and the future of payments. Taking place in Hall 8.0 on Tuesday, February 26,
the Symposium is the showpiece mobile payments event within Mobile World
Congress (MWC) 2013, the world’s largest mobile conference and exposition,
occurring February 25-28 in Barcelona, Spain.

Sponsored by MasterCard, the Mobile Payments Global Symposium agenda will
consist of five regional spotlight panel sessions, each exploring evolving
trends and key topics related to the future of payments, including:

  *Mobile payments and driving financial inclusion within emerging markets;
  *Creating profoundly new shopping experiences with a click, tap or touch of
    a connected device;
  *The role of mobile technology in moving toward a world beyond cash;
  *Mobile money and the evolution of closed loop to open loop networks; and,
  *NFC: the current and future state of contactless payments via mobile

Leading these engaging discussions with MasterCard will be executives and
experts from around the world in the retail, telecommunications, banking and
payments industries.

  *Asia Pacific: Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, NTT DOCOMO, and
    Telecom NZ
  *Europe: Boots UK, Deutsche Telekom AG, ING and Turkcell
  *Latin American and the Caribbean: Caixa Economica Federal, TIM, and Wanda
  *Middle East and Africa: airtel Africa, Etisalat, and Qtel Group
  *North America: Citi, Isis, and Rogers Communications

“We’re delighted to be convening some of the brightest minds in retail,
telecommunications, banking and payments in Barcelona to discuss how the
physical and digital worlds are converging, and the ways mobile will shape the
way consumers shop for goods and services – today and tomorrow,” said Ed
McLaughlin, chief emerging payments officer at MasterCard.

Seating for the Mobile Payments Global Symposium is limited, so please visit
the event registration page to secure your space. Press and industry analysts
who’d like to register for the Symposium, schedule a booth tour (#5G80) or an
interview with a MasterCard executive should contact Brian Gendron at or tweet @MasterCardBrian #MAMobileSymp.

In addition to the Mobile Symposium, MasterCard will make several
announcements and share new research analyzing consumer sentiment on the
future of digital payments.  Visit the MasterCard Cashless Conversations blog
for additional information about MasterCard at Mobile World Congress.

About MasterCard Worldwide

MasterCard (NYSE: MA),, is a technology company in the
global payments industry. We operatethe world’s fastest payments processing
network, connecting consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments
and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. MasterCard’s
products and solutions make everyday commerce activities – such as shopping,
traveling, running a business and managing finances – easier, more secure and
more efficient for everyone. Follow us on Twitter @MasterCardNews, join the
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