Tax Stamp & Traceability Forum

Malta

16-18 May 2022

 

Concentrated very much on the core questions for tax stamps. The hotel and conference conditions were very charming. It was a great experience.

Portuguese Mint – Imprensa Nacional Casa da Moeda

Tax Stamp & Traceability Forum

Malta

16-18 May 2022

 

The forum has significantly brought together the needs of stamp users (government agencies) and producers of stamps and providers of integrated solutions. The government forum is particularly useful.

Kenya Revenue Authority

Tax Stamp & Traceability Forum

Malta

16-18 May 2022

 

This event has been an eye-opening experience for me with a lot of new information, providing another area of opportunity for our country. The sky is certainly the limit for new innovation and technological advances to efficiently fight illicit trade.

Rwanda Revenue Authority

Tax Stamp & Traceability Forum

Malta

16-18 May 2022

 

Some great presentations about the benefits of tax stamps. Especially good for Optel to see how we can propose our vision solutions as a leader in pharma to a new market which is growing at an exceptional rate.

Optel Group

Tax Stamp & Traceability Forum

Malta

16-18 May 2022

 

The conference was a huge success. The themes and subjects discussed were very well delivered, with more complex aspects discussed at Introductory level.

Rwanda Revenue Authority

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About the Tax Stamp & Traceability Forum

Excise duty on tobacco, spirits, wine, beer and other excisable goods is an important source of revenue for governments. This income is, however, under threat from the illicit trade in all these goods – whether in the form of contraband, counterfeiting or tax evasion.

Governments, which are losing billions each year in lost revenues, can protect themselves and this valuable source of revenue by deploying tax stamps as a vehicle for tax collection and proof of payment. And the same vehicle, in providing proof of authenticity and secure track and trace, also protects the interests of other stakeholders, including economic operators, consumers and public health bodies.

The objective of the Tax Stamp & Traceability Forum is to bring together government excise and customs agencies, investigators and law enforcement, regulators, cigarette, alcohol and other excisable product manufacturers and distributors, security printers, supply chain specialists and integrators, suppliers of authentication and serialisation technologies, and systems integrators – to hear about and discuss the latest developments in tax stamp and traceability systems and learn from one another about requirements, best practice and potential solutions.

 

 

Topics Covered Typically Include:

  • The problems of illicit trade and its devastating impact
  • National and international initiatives to provide solutions combining technology, policing and effective enforcement
  • Case studies demonstrating the successful implementation of tax stamp and traceability programmes
  • Practical technology-based countermeasures to aid authentication, fiscal verification and supply chain security
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Government Organisations

Who Should Attend the Forum?

  • Revenue agencies and issuing authorities
  • Customs and excise officials
  • Law enforcement agencies
  • Investigative services
  • Tobacco and alcohol regulators
  • Anti-counterfeiting and IP organisations
  • Manufacturers, distributors and wholesalers of tobacco, alcohol and other excisable products
  • Tax stamp and track and trace system and equipment manufacturers
  • Security printers and integrators
  • Labelling companies and packaging converters
  • Suppliers of security substrates, authentication and serialisation technologies
  • Data management specialists and systems integrators

Programme

Monday 16 May 2022

09:00 – 12:30 Closed Workshop for Revenue/Customs Authorities Only: Hosted by International Tax Stamp Association

The International Tax Stamp Association (ITSA) is hosting a closed meeting for revenue and other government authorities, as well as ITSA members, which allows the authorities to come together for more intimate discussions before the conference begins.

13:30 – 17:00 Workshop: Security Printing in the Digital Age

This workshop will provide an introduction to high-end digital print equipment and its use for security documents. It will offer information, guidance and a contextual overview on the digital security print, as well as practical insights in to setting up and using the systems. The workshop will be invaluable to security document issuers, designers and printers.

Dgital printing technologies are finding an ever-increasing role in the production of secure documents, particularly in areas that require low setup costs and the individualisation of documents with unique or sequential features. This is seeing the development of digitally-specific security print design features. What are they and how do you incorporate them in to your security document?

Before adopting digital printing for your secured documents you need to consider its characteristics, the consumables available for digital printing and the supporting design and pre-press software available – as well as how you might integrate with traditional analogue printing. You also need to consider the easy availability of digital printers and how its output compares against the output of the specialist equipment being developed for security printing.

This workshop will examine the characteristics of these specialist digital printers for secured documents, with information on security inks for digital printing, feature design software, printing hardware and real-life applications. It will also take a big-picture look at the opportunities and threats arising from these printer developments.

The workshop will feature presentations from equipment, software and ink suppliers as well as a company already offering digitally printed documents, to ensure that you get clear, detailed and practical information on the possibilities and options of using high-end digital systems for security documents.

All those registering for this workshop will receive a complimentary digital copy of Reconnaissance’s new publication Printing Beyond Colour: Commercial Innovations for Security Print, worth £250. This 60-page review offers informative technical analyses of latest generation inks and digital printing techniques and how these could be adapted and applied to the security world.

18:30 Welcome Reception

Tuesday 17 May 2022

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Session 1 – Welcome and Overview

09:00

Welcome and Forum Overview

Nicola Sudan

Tax Stamp & Traceability News™ (UK)

09:10

From Grapes to Oil – Balancing Synergy and Customisation in the Expansion of Malta’s Digital Tax Stamp Programme

David Thomas

OpSec Security (UK)

09:30

Successful Implementation for Liberia and its State-of-the-Art Track and Trace Solution

Asir Ratan Singh

Madras Security Printers (India)

09:50

Tracking and Tracing of Tobacco Products: Lessons Learned and Best Practices

Juan Carlos Yañez Arenas

International Tax Stamp Association (UK)

10:10

Using a Simulation Model to Determine Break-even Cost of Track and Trace

Dr Hana Ross

University of Cape Town (South Africa)

10:30 Session Q&A
10:45 Break – Refreshments

Session 2 – Broadening the Scope / FCTC Protocol

11:05

Digital Tax Stamp Solutions for the WHO FCTC Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade

Nasser Bakkar

De La Rue (UK)

11:25

Broadening the Scope of Traceability Solutions with Continuously Evolving Technologies

Ruggero Milanese

SICPA (Switzerland)

11:45

Covert Traceability of Tax Stamps Through Taggant Barcoding

Dr Vitaly Talyansky

Stardust Materials (Estonia)

12:05

Beyond Compliance: Digital Tax Stamps in High-Speed Production Markets

Dr Foued Barouni

OPTEL Group (Canada)

12:25 Session Q&A
12:40 Lunch

13:40 Session 3 – Panel Discussion – Cannabis and Securing the Entire Supply Chain

Francisco Mandiola – FMA Secure – Chile – Chair

During this ‘coffee table’ panel, solution providers and other stakeholders discuss how countries should deal with the high tax-earning potential of cannabis versus cigarettes/alcohol. They also compare different seed-to-sale authentication and track and trace mechanisms for protecting against illicit trade and complying with government regulations.

15:10 Break – Refreshments

Session 4 – Digital Seals / Digital Security Printing

15:30

Digital Security Printing – Challenge and Opportunity

Barna Barabas

JURA (Hungary)

15:50

The Digital Age – Beyond Resolutions and Inks

Matti Broza

HP Indigo Secure (Israel)

16:10

Does a Visible Digital Seal Solve the Market Requirement for Anti-Copy and Anti-Cloneable Codes?

Michael Ritschewald

LEONHARD KURZ (Germany)

16:30

See the Unseen – A Look into Level 2 Security on Tax Stamps

Gerben van Wijk

Luminescence Sun Chemical (UK)

16:50 Session Q&A
17:05 Extended Exhibition Viewing

 

18:30 Gala Dinner

Wednesday 18 May 2022

Session 5 – Monitoring and Enforcement / Interoperability

09:00

Well-Designed Tax Stamps Help Combat Illegal Alcohol and Tobacco Supply

Aqthar Hassen

Sri Lanka Customs (Sri Lanka)

09:20

Capturing Product Samples Globally Via a Single Interface

Axel Hein

ApiraSol (Germany)

09:40

Flexibility Through Interoperable Functional Units

Dr Marietta Ulrich-Horn

Securikett (Austria)

10:00

Multi Layered Digital Protection

Ueli Tschupp-Lambert

U-NICA Group (Switzerland )

10:20 Session Q&A
10:35 Break – Refreshments

Session 6 – Innovations / Technologies

10:55

Digital Variable Embossing of Holographic Images Revolutionises Anti-Counterfeiting

Dan Lieberman

Nanografix (USA)

11:15

Serial Numbers, Barcodes and Covert Security Features on Tax Stamps

Erwin Wagner

Baldwin Vision Systems (USA)

11:35

Phygital Security Feature Innovations on Tax Stamps in India

Chander Shekhar Jeena

Authentication Solution Providers’ Association

11:55

Q-ID: A Simple Solution to Tax Stamp Security Using Quantum Technology

David Howarth

Quantum Base (UK )

12:15 Session Q&A
12:30 Lunch

Session 7 – Country Cases

13:30

Integrated Product Marking System for Kenya

Linstrom Marangu

Kenya Revenue Authority

13:50

Fiscal Traceability in Chile to Reduce Indirect Tax Evasion

Fernando Barraza

Former Chilean Tax Commissioner (Chile)

14:10

Tax Stamp Developments in the Pan-Latin American Region

Francisco Mandiola

FMA Secure (Chile)

14:30

Digital Transformation of Tax Administration in Georgia

David Chitaishvili

Revenue Service (Georgia )

14:50 Session Q&A
15:05 Break – Refreshments

Session 8 – Looking Ahead

15:30

Emerging Technologies – Threats and Opportunities

Dr Alan Hodgson

Consultant in Printing and Imaging (UK)

15:50

International Standards for Tax Stamps: Present and Future

Ian Lancaster

Reconnaissance International (UK)

16:10 Session Q&A
16:25 Closing Remarks and Farewell Drinks

Our Venue

InterContinental Malta – St. George’s Bay

Making Your Hotel Reservation

Delegates are responsible for arranging their own travel and accommodation.

Booking Your Stay

Delegates can now book their stay for the conference and receive the special Reconnaissance International rate.

EUR 140.00 per person per night

Rate inclusive of VAT, breakfast and Wi-Fi. Rate exclusive of €0.50 ECO Tax per night

Contact Details

St. George’ s Bay
St. Julian’s STJ 3310
Malta
+356 2137 7600
Website

Beware of Unsolicited Offers

Delegates should only book their accommodation using the official reservation page when it becomes available – and not through any other agent.

Disreputable companies (such as Trade Show Housing) have been known to approach delegates with unauthorised offers – and these companies cannot be trusted.

Such companies have not been endorsed by us – and we never share delegate information with any housing company or travel agent. All unsolicited offers should be ignored.

If you have any questions or concerns about the hotel arrangements, contact the conference team:
events@reconnaissance-intl.com
+44 (0)1932 785 680

Delegate Fees

Government representatives can attend the conference free of charge – while special rates are available to state enterprise subsidiaries, , International Tax Stamp Association (ITSA) members and subscribers to Tax Stamp & Traceability News.

Further discounts apply for early registration – ends on 18 February 2022

Ends 18 Feb 2022

After 18 Feb 2022

Standard Delegate

 

EUR 2,070

EUR 2,300

State Enterprise Delegate 1

 

EUR 1,400

EUR 1,555

Subscriber to Tax Stamp & Traceability News 2

 

EUR 1,870

EUR 2,070

ITSA Member 3

 

EUR 1,650

EUR 1,840

Government First Two Delegates 4

 

Free of charge

Free of charge

Government Additional Delegate 4

 

EUR 1,035

EUR 1,150

1. State Enterprise Delegate – Applies to 100% state-owned enterprises, such as printers, systems integrators or other suppliers. State enterprises that subscribe to Tax Stamp & Traceability News are also entitled to an additional 10% discount
2. Subscriber to Tax Stamp & Traceability News – Includes a 10% discount on the standard delegate rate
3. ITSA Member – Includes a 20% discount on the standard delegate rate
4. Government Delegate (Revenue Authorities) – Applies to representatives from revenue, customs, enforcement and other government agencies – at a federal, national, state or provincial level

Pre-Conference Workshop Fees

There is an additional charge to attend our pre-conference workshop. Government delegates can attend for free.

Government

All Other Delegates

Pre-Conference Workshop

Free of charge

EUR 280

Delegate Fees

Government representatives can attend the conference free of charge – while special rates are available to state enterprise subsidiaries, ITSA members and subscribers to Tax Stamp & Traceability News.

Further discounts apply for early registration – ends on 18 February 2022

Malta has specific COVID-19 entry requirements for certain countries.  Please ensure that you have checked these before completing your registration.

Standard Delegate

Ends 18 Feb 2022

After 18 Feb 2022

EUR 2,070

EUR 2,300

State Enterprise Delegate

Ends 18 Feb 2022

After 18 Feb 2022

EUR 1,400

EUR 1,555

State Enterprise Delegate – Applies to 100% state-owned enterprises, such as printers, systems integrator or other suppliers. State enterprises that subscribe to Tax Stamp & Traceability News are also entitled to an additional 10% discount

Subscriber to Tax Stamp & Traceability News

Ends 18 Feb 2022

After 18 Feb 2022

EUR 1,870

EUR 2,070

Subscriber to Tax Stamp & Traceability News – Includes a 10% discount on the standard delegate rate

ITSA Member

Ends 18 Feb 2022

After 18 Feb 2022

EUR 1,650

EUR 1,840

ITSA Member – Includes a 20% discount on the standard delegate rate

Government First Two Delegates

Ends 18 Feb 2022

After 18 Feb 2022

Free of charge

Free of charge

Government Delegate (Revenue Authorities) – Applies to representatives from revenue, customs , enforcement and other government agencies – at a federal, national, state or provincial level

Government Additional Delegate

Ends 18 Feb 2022

After 18 Feb 2022

EUR 1,035

EUR 1,150

Government Delegate (Revenue Authorities) – Applies to representatives from revenue, customs , enforcement and other government agencies – at a federal, national, state or provincial level

Pre-Conference Workshop Fees

There is an additional charge to attend our pre-conference workshop. Government delegates can attend for FREE.

All Other Delegates

Pre-Conference Workshop

EUR 280