India: Seven Major Banks Begin Testing Blockchain Trade Finance Platform
A new blockchain trade finance and supply chain test is underway involving big banks in India, led by IT multinational InfoSys.
The collective, known as India Trade Connect, includes institutions such as Axis Bank, ICICI and South Indian Bank. It was reportedly formed to conduct testing of InfoSys’ Finacle Trade Connect, a blockchain platform designed to “address the trade finance process requirements of banks.”
Finance Trade Connect meanwhile already contains its fair share of bullish sentiment from participants. “We believe, this will enable automation, increase transparency as well as enhance efficiency across trade and supply chain operations,” ICICI senior general manage Ajay Gupta commented, adding:
“With more organisations adopting the blockchain technology, it holds immense potential to offer a seamless network for all stakeholders on a single platform.”
According to the press release, testing by the seven Indian banking institutions is already underway.
Multiple efforts are attempting to improve the areas of trade finance and supply chain in modern banking in 2018. Earlier this week, Cointelegraph reported that UK-based banking giant HSBC completed the world’s first ever blockchain-powered trade finance transaction, shipping soybeans from Argentina to Malaysia.
In India, ICICI’s own blockchain initiative for domestic and international trade finance transactions attracted 250 corporates, it disclosed last month.