South Korea Plans to Launch a Full-Scale Pilot Project on Blockchain-powered Financial Services

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South Korea’s financial authorities on Tuesday announced a plan to launch a full-scale pilot project this year on Blockchain-powered financial services.

A government-civilian consortium on Blockchain was created last month. It involves 16 local banks and 25 brokerage firms.

“It plans to embark on a pilot project in earnest this year,” Jeong Eun-bo, vice chairman of the Financial Services Commission, told the Korea Herald.

“The banking industry plans to study ways that customers can use Blockchain technology in changing banks designated for foreign exchange transactions without documents and complicated procedures.”

“Within financial investment circles,” he added. “Investors will be able to do away with time-consuming login and authentication procedures in accessing the mobile trading systems of securities companies.”

The Korea Exchange, the country’s sole equity marketplace, also has been seeking to apply Blockchain technology to OTC stock trading.

Jeong pointed out that the “Blockchain revolution” is said to be the equivalent of the “Internet revolution” in the 1990s.

“Blockchain technology has great potential to be used in finance and various other fields,” he said. “Since South Korea has the world’s top-level ICT technology, it will be able to lead the international trend in the Blockchain sector if the government, related industries and experts pool their wisdom.” 

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Founder, Publisher and Editor in Chief of industry leading online publication, Blockchain News and co-founder and director at Blockchain Partners in London/Amsterdam/NYC. Kastelein is also an advisor with a number Blockchain startups doing ICOs including Humaniq.co where hs is interim CMO, DECENT.ch, Inchain, Chronobank, eGaas and others. He is regarded as one of the top journalists by the Blockchain and fintech communities – as is evident by his entry in the Top 150 Fintech journalists online and in the top 10 of the Blockchain Top 100 List.

As a prominent keynote presenter, he has spoken on Blockchain at events in Gdansk, Amsterdam, Minsk, Dubai, Antwerp, Eindhoven, Bucharest, Nairobi, Tel Aviv, Manchester, Brussels, Barcelona etc, where he helped spread the cause for Blockchain technology and cryptocurrency and, consequently, has built a notable network in the scene.

He’s also a director of a Dutch foundation called The Hackitarians and has run innovation events in London, San Francisco, Berlin, Amsterdam and other cities around the world on topics such Blockchain, Health, Energy, Internet of Things, AI etc.

In 2013, the European Commission appointed him as an expert for overseeing financing for emerging startups as a part of the European Commission’s 90 billion euro Horizon 2020 project, created in Brussels to promote innovation as a driving force of job creation and business ventures across Europe. He has also worked as an external expert for Innovate UK since 2012, judging startups for the UK government.

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