Mr Thierry Cahn welcomes attendees to the 30th CIBP congress in Paris, noting André Joffre's unfortunate absence. He highlights the 150-year history of Banques Populaires, the merger of the latter with Caisses d'Épargne in 2009 to form Groupe BPCE, emphasizing cooperative values and collaboration. Mr Cahn advocates for the cooperative model, stressing personal interaction in the digital age, and encourages attendees to strengthen CIBP's powers for a successful congress.