Sibos (conference)

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Sibos (Swift International Banking Operations Seminar), is an annual banking and financial conference organized by the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) in various cities around the world. It has been held in Amsterdam, Sydney, Copenhagen, Boston, Berlin, Helsinki and other cities.[1]


The first Sibos was held in 1978 in Brussels.[1] The Sibos in 1990 was held in Berlin shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall. The conference has an annual turnout of over 7,000 participants from around the world representing the financial services industry. The highest turnout was in the 2010 conference held at Amsterdam which had about 9,600 participants.


People who work in financial markets around the world participate as exhibitors and attendees and discuss issues relevant to the financial industry.[2] Topics at the 2009 event in Hong Kong were integrated risk management, innovation, and cash/treasury management.[3]

Year Location Dates Notes"
1978 Brussels, Belgium Five years after its foundation, SWIFT organises the first “SIBOS” with 300 participants to maintain contact with its growing user base."
1979 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1980 Copenhagen, Denmark
1981 Düsseldorf, Germany
1982 Washington D.C., United States The first Sibos outside of Europe
1983 Montreux, Switzerland
1984 Barcelona, Spain
1985 Brighton, United Kingdom
1986 Nice, France
1987 Montreal, Canada
1988 Vienna, Austria
1989 Stockholm, Sweden
1990 Berlin, Germany
1991 Hong Kong, Hong Kong
1992 Brussels, Belgium
1993 Geneva, Switzerland
1994 Boston, United States
1995 Copenhagen, Denmark
1996 Florence, Italy
1997 Sydney, Australia
1998 Helsinki, Finland
1999 Munich, Germany
2000 San Francisco, United States
2001 Singapore, Singapore Cancelled following the 11 September attacks
2002 Geneva, Switzerland
2003 Singapore, Singapore
2004 Atlanta, United States
2005 Copenhagen, Denmark
2006 Sydney, Australia
2007 Boston, United States
2008 Vienna, Austria 15–19 September
2009 Hong Kong, Hong Kong 14–18 September
2010 Amsterdam, The Netherlands 25–29 October The largest Sibos to date with 8,900 delegates
2011 Toronto, Canada 19–23 September The largest Sibos in the Americas to date with 7,600 delegates
2012 Osaka, Japan 29 October–1 November The largest Sibos in Asia Pacific to date with 6,250 delegates
2013 Dubai, United Arab Emirates 16–19 September
2014 Boston, United States 29 September–2 October
2015 Singapore, Singapore 12–15 October
2016 Geneva, Switzerland 26-29 September 8,300 delegates from 158 countries
2017 Toronto, Canada 16 - 19 October
2018 Sydney, Australia tba 2018
2019 London, UK tba 2019


  1. ^ a b About Sibos Swift. Retrieved February 26, 2011
  2. ^ Conference overview RBC Dexia Investor Services. Retrieved February 26, 2011
  3. ^ "Thoughts on 2009 SWIFT SIBOS Conference" IDC Financial Insights Community (September 21, 2009). Retrieved February 26, 2011

External links[edit]

  • SWIFT official website. Retrieved February 26, 2011
  • Sibos Official Website. Retrieved October 4, 2012