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   571

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.

Brazilian Central Bank to Issue Stablecoin

According to participants of the project, the issue of the BNDES coin will help restore public confidence in Brazilian state banks
17 December 2018   68

The state-owned Brazilian National Social Development Bank intends to issue a cryptocurrency token tied to the Brazilian real. It is reported by CoinDesk.

The pilot project for the production of a token BNDES based on Ethereum will start in January next year. At first, the coin will be used to finance cultural institutions. In particular, the bank will allocate a certain number of new tokens to the local cinema agency.

As the newspaper notes, the bank conducted experiments with steyblecoin throughout 2018. The consultant of the project for the release of a new “stable coin” will be the well-known Ethereum start-up ConsenSys.

According to representatives of the bank, the issue of the BNDES coin will help restore public confidence in Brazilian state banks, which are often criticized due to corruption scandals.

Also, the bank is confident that in the future, stablecoin can be used to finance organizations and projects from various fields.

Note that recently in Brazil there has been a trend towards liberalization of the regulation of cryptoindustry. For example, in October, the Brazilian Securities Commission allowed local investment companies to invest in a cryptocurrency ecosystem through the acquisition of derivatives and shares in foreign funds. It is noteworthy that at the beginning of the year the same financial regulator announced the prohibition of both direct investment in cryptocurrency and indirect investment through intermediaries in the person of foreign companies.