Blockchain in Singapore to push ASEAN Financial Inclusion

The government of Singapore is aimed to enforce blockchain development in order to improve financial inclusion for Southeast Asian countries
09 April 2018   247

On Friday Heng Swee Keat (Singapore's minister for finance) in his starting report for a meeting with finance ministers from Southeast Asian countries, underlined the government's objects to develop innovations such as blockchain to improve access to finance in the region.

In particular, we will support digital innovations like fintech. For example, the underlying distributed ledger technology presents us with many opportunities for cheap and secure transactions. This can promote financial inclusion for underserved and underbanked segments in ASEAN. 

Heng Swee Keat, the Minister for Finance, Singapore.
 

Though the minister did not reveal the details on any blockchain decisions, his remarks come at the same time when the governments in Southeast Asia have been directing efforts to expand and adopt blockchain technology in the financial sphere. Singapore's Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) has begun a blockchain contest with government funds to boost blockchain innovation in the country.

Also, the neighboring state of Malaysia is stepping to accept blockchain technology to improve banking services in the region. The deputy governor of Malaysia's central bank in his speech in March pointed out that nine banks in the country have already started working with the central bank in enforcing blockchain powered applications for trade finance.

Thailand's Siam Commercial Bank is as well constructing out a Ripple-based blockchain money order platform for cross border payments.

Zilliqa is holding a meetup in Singapore

High throughput blockchain platform Zilliqa is organizing a meetup session in Singapore on May 23 to share its progress and preview its new smart contract language Scilla
24 April 2018   26

A meetup titled "Zilliqa: Sharding in Action & Security by Design" by Zilliqa project will take place on May 23 at The Metro@ thebridge. Zilliqa is a new high-throughput public blockchain platform that can enable real-world applications considered impossible up to the moment. Zilliqa utilizes the idea of sharding to reach thousands of transactions per second without sacrificing security and decentralization.

The session will covering the so-far progress of the project, the partners joining the project and the preview of the new smart contract language Scilla that further improves on security for smart contracts. The event is going to be broadcasted love on YouTube. The agenda of the meetup is as follows

  • 18:45 - 19:00 Overview of the Zilliqa project
  • 19:00 - 19:20 Session with partners of Zilliqa
  • 19:20 - 19:50 Demo: Testnet & secure smart contracts with Scilla
  • 19:50 - 20:40 Networking

At the moment of publication, Zilliqa market parameters are as follows:

  • Average price $0.099018
  • Market cap $721,249,874
  • Volume (24H) $86,625,700