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Belgian Bank KBC develops Blockchain-based App for Cross-Border SME Trade

Belgian Bank KBC with IT outfit Cegeka has developed a Blockchain application for managing, tracking and protecting domestic and international trade transactions between SMEs.

The Digital Trade Chain (DTC) application is based on a ‘permissioned’ Blockchain with smart contracts.

DTC links all parties to a transaction – buyer, seller, KBC and the counterparty’s bank – and registers the entire trade process from order to payment, displaying it in an at-a-glance flowchart and guaranteeing payment when all contractual agreements have been met.

The app has been assessed by 17 SMEs in different sectors and then tested by Bru Textiles and Aristide, two textile companies in Kontich. KBC says it is currently in talks with banks in neighbouring EU countries – the primary marketplace for 77% of Belgian exports – to roll out the service more widely.

Luc Gijsens, KBC group international markets CEO, says:

“SMEs are having to run their businesses differently in an increasingly digital age. KBC aims to give them innovative solutions to gear up to an increasingly digital environment. This successful DTC trial shows that Blockchain technology offers a number of opportunities that we want to continue testing and developing.”

Richard Kasteleinhttps://www.the-blockchain.com
In his 20s, he sailed around the world on small yachts and wrote a series of travel articles called, 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Seas' travelling by hitching rides on yachts (1989) in major travel and yachting publications. He currently lives in Groningen, the Netherlands where he has set down his anchor to raise a family and write. Founder and publisher of industry publication Blockchain News (EST 2015) and director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) – Vancouver native Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He has written over 2500 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published in Harvard Business Review, Venturebeat, Wired, The Guardian and a number of other publications. Kastelein has an Honorary Ph.D. and is Chair Professor of Blockchain at China's first blockchain University in Nanchang at the Jiangxi Ahead Institute software and Technology. He has over a half a decade experience judging and rewarding some 1000+ innovation projects as an EU expert for the European Commission's SME Instrument programme as a startup assessor and as a startup judge for the UK government's Innovate UK division. Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology at over 50 events in 30+ cities.
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