"UAE Trade Connect" launched with seven leading local banks confirmed to be using the platform
A distributed ledger blockchain network was developed by UAE-based telecommunications company Etisalat to fight money laundering and fraud in trade finance. A consortium of seven leading local banks such as the First Abu Dhabi Bank will be rolling out this platform powered by blockchain technology. Another four banks are likely to join shortly and Trade Connect will also sync with similar initiatives.
Now that the trials have been successfully completed, the preliminary program for UAE Trade connect will start focusing on fraud detection. The program is aimed to eventually evolve to be able to detect sanction violations and money laundering.
Zulqarnain Javaid, Head of UAE Trade Connect stated “UAE Trade Connect will be a game-changer for the trade finance space.” He also verified that UAE Trade Connect has the capacity to handle bank guarantees, letters of credit, and bills of lading, which required working closely with the governments, Custom authorities, ports and other related agencies.
This platform will make it much harder for fraudsters to commit crimes such as multiple payments to the same invoice which is simple to counterfeit and difficult to verify. When compared to traditional paperwork, the system is easier and more efficient to use.
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