UAE Exchange payment company based in the United Arab Emirates creates a blockchain payment system along with Ripple, Reuters reports.
The system is focused on Asian markets and, according to the head of UAE Exchange Promot Manghat, will be supported by “one or two banks” working with the RippleNet payment network. Its launch is planned in the first quarter of next year.
It is worth noting that in the UAE there are many workers from other Asian countries.
More than a third of remittances from this country go to India, 8.8% to Pakistan and 6.9% to the Philippines. Thus, the payment corridor being developed may in the future take a significant share of the international transfer market.
Blockchain holds tremendous promise for the industry but there is progress to be made before we see it go fully mainstream. We expect to go live with Ripple by Q1, 2019 with one or two Asian banks. This is for remittances to start with, from across the globe into Asia.
Executive director and chief executive, Finablr
According to the information on the UAE Exchange website, the service works with 140 banks and is represented in 31 countries.