Chinese ABC Bank to Test Blockchain Loans Backed by Land

In the future, according to the representatives of the bank, they will start issuing other types of loans with the help of a blockchain
31 July 2018   714

The Agricultural Bank of China (ABC), the world's fourth-largest bank by assets, issued the first loan with the help of a blockchain, Cointelegraph reports.

ABC, owned by the state and ranking itself among the "big foursome" of the largest banks in China, said that it issued a loan of $ 300,000 provided by a piece of agricultural land in Guizhou Province.

ABC will "generate blocks together with local residents, land and resource departments, and agriculture and livestock management departments with the help of the blockchain", and adds that the loan is aimed at "supporting the local tea industry".

In the blockchain-project, third parties (including the local branch of the People's Bank of China) are involved, serving as nodes that verify the correctness of credit data.

In the future, according to the representatives of the bank, they will start issuing other types of loans with the help of a blockchain. The distributed registry technology allows ABC to solve the problem with customers who take loans in different banks for the same piece of land.

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.