Omise Partners Thai Government on KYC Program

Thailand move forward to become one of the earliest countries to officially implement blockchain technology
19 February 2018   1267

According to the news, today Omise and the country’s Ministry of Digital Affairs had signed a Memorandum of Understanding. The two parties will collaborate to develop a nation-wide digital identity verification and online payment system.

With the use of Omise infrastructure, the Thai government will provide its citizens with a National Digital ID. It will reduce fraudulent behavior online and protect consumers. The system will also make online transactions more convenient, faster and more efficient.

OmiseGO founder Jun Hasegawa stated in his Twitter that the positive impact blockchain technology could have on Thai citizens.

At the moment, governments all over the world are weighing up blockchain advantages. The implementation of blockchain technology will likely take several years. However, today’s announcement is a sign that blockchain integration can be  made much more quickly. Digital identity verification is a central concern for governments, who are worried that cryptocurrency offers a way for individuals to circumvent financial legislation.

Bakkt to be Launched in December

It is also reported that Goldman Sachs does not plan to create custodial cryptocurrency solutions based on the Bakkt infrastructure
19 October 2018   95

The expected launch of the Bakkt will take place on December 12 of this year. It is reported by The Block, citing informed sources.

Also, the material states that the investment bank Goldman Sachs does not plan to create custodial cryptocurrency solutions based on the Bakkt infrastructure. At the same time, the bank is considering the possibility of trading futures on a new platform.

In a recent Fortune interview with Bakkt, Kelly Lofler said that the cryptocurrency market is on the verge of a revolution comparable in size to the one that occurred on the energy market in the early 2000s.

Greater institutional participation in the digital asset markets requires secure and regulated custody solutions. We are impressed by BitGo’s product, unique services, and the management team. We view our investment in BitGo as an exciting opportunity to contribute to the evolution of this critical market infrastructure.
 

Rana Yared

Managing director, Goldman Sachs’ Principal Strategic Investments group

Bakkt is a cryptocurrency unit of the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), which is the operator of the New York Stock Exchange. Giants such as Microsoft and Starbucks are taking part in creating of the new project, which is positioned as an “ecosystem for digital assets”.

The new platform will offer deliverable bitcoin futures to the market (unlike the settlement contracts for CBOE and CME, these are based on the underlying asset). The platform will support multiple fiat currencies.