Seven European Banks Cut Blockchain Deal to Facilitate Easier Cross-Border SME Commerce

Seven European Banks Cut Blockchain Deal to Facilitate Easier Cross-Border SME Commerce
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Seven European Banks Cut Blockchain Deal to Facilitate Easier Cross-Border SME Commerce
Seven European Banks Cut Blockchain Deal to Facilitate Easier Cross-Border SME Commerce

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Seven European banks have agreed to develop a shared platform that will make domestic and cross-border commerce easier for European small and medium-size (SME) businesses by using Blockchain.

Deutsche Bank, HSBC, KBC, Natixis, Rabobank, Société Générale and UniCredit signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Brussels under which they intend to collaborate on the development and commercialisation of a new product called Digital Trade Chain (DTC).

The product is based on a prototype trade finance and supply chain solution originated by KBC and tested to ‘Proof of Concept’ stage.

The aim of the project is to simplify trade finance processes for SMEs by addressing the challenge of managing, tracking and securing domestic and international trade transactions by connecting all of the parties involved (i.e. buyer, buyer’s bank, seller, seller’s bank and transporter), online and via mobile devices.

Larger companies use documentary credit as a way of reducing the risks involved in doing business, but documentary credit is not always suitable for SMEs or for companies that prefer open account processes.

The banks contend that by maintaining secure records on a digital distributed ledger DTC will accelerate the order-to-settlement process and decrease administrative paperwork significantly. They plan to initially focus on building critical mass in seven European markets: Belgium and Luxembourg (KBC), France (Natixis, Société Générale), Germany (Deutsche Bank, UniCredit), Italy (UniCredit), the Netherlands (Rabobank) and the UK (HSBC).

Seven European Banks Cut Blockchain Deal to Facilitate Easier Cross-Border SME Commerce

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Founder and publisher of industry publication Blockchain News (EST 2015), a partner at ICO services collective Token.Agency ($750m+ and 90+ ICOs and STOs), director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) – Vancouver native Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He sits on the advisory boards of some two dozen Blockchain startups and has written over 2500 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published pioneering articles on ICOs in Harvard Business Review and Venturebeat. Irish Tech News put him in the top 10 Token Architects in Europe.

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 of Software and Technology. In 2018 he was invited to and attended University of Oxford's Saïd Business School for Business Automation 4.0 programme. 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+ citiies. He is a Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Métis) whose writing career has ranged from the Canadian Native Press (Arctic) to the Caribbean & Europe.  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, Netherlands where he's raising three teenage daughters with his wife and sailing partner, Wieke Beenen.

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Seven European Banks Cut Blockchain Deal to Facilitate Easier Cross-Border SME Commerce

Seven European Banks Cut Blockchain Deal to Facilitate Easier Cross-Border SME Commerce
Seven European Banks Cut Blockchain Deal to Facilitate Easier Cross-Border SME Commerce
Seven European Banks Cut Blockchain Deal to Facilitate Easier Cross-Border SME Commerce
Seven European Banks Cut Blockchain Deal to Facilitate Easier Cross-Border SME Commerce
Seven European Banks Cut Blockchain Deal to Facilitate Easier Cross-Border SME Commerce

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