In addition to the regional banknote and ID document awards, a Special Lifetime Achievement Award was made to Dr Nopporn Pramoney of the Bank of Thailand, who retired at the end of September.

He has worked at the Bank’s Note Printing Works since 1982 and was involved in five series of banknotes, from Series 12 through to Series 16. He was instrumental in guiding and steering the move of the old printing works from the Bank’s premises in the centre of Bangkok to the state-of-the-art new Note Printing Works in Nakhom Pathan , inaugurated in 2007.

Commenting on the Lifetime Achievements Award, Martyn White, Chairman of Reconnaissance International, noted that Dr Nopporn’s leadership went beyond the confines of the normal and more than sufficient challenge of production and issue of banknotes.

This was demonstrated during the 2011 floods in Bangkok when – despite many staff being unable to get tow work and despite unprecedented d demand caused by the floods – the printing and supply of currency into the cash cycle was maintained. ‘He is somebody who has truly given his lifetime to banknote production and issue, who has also faced and overcome some highly extraordinary challenges’ said Mr White, on presenting the award to Dr Nopporn.