Major Asian Bank Issues Credit On SCB-Backed Blockchain

Blockchain is helping companies from Vietnam and Thailand settle trades more smoothly.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB), headquartered in the Philippines, has settled its first letter of credit (LC) transaction using the Standard Chartered-backed Contour blockchain network.

The trade was a part of ADB’s trade and supply chain program and involved Standard Chartered and the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam.

ADB’s trade settlement also marked the first blockchain-based cross-border LC transaction between Vietnam and Thailand.

According to a Global Trade Review report, the trade involved a $50,000 plastics shipment sent from Thailand’s SCG Plastics Co Ltd to Vietnam’s Opec Plastics Joint Stock Company.

The London-based multinational banking firm Standard Chartered also conducted the first blockchain-based trade in Bangaladesh, introducing the South Asian country to blockchain innovation.

Australia’s National Blockchain Lead Chloe White from the Department of Industry had suggested that blockchain could help combat food and wine fraud that costs the country almost $1.7 billion every year.


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