Saudi Arabia Pitches Blockchain-Based Business Passport to Boost Trade Finance

Saudi Arabian business leaders think they have a solution to trade finance woes caused by COVID-19: a blockchain-based business passport to cut through red tape.

  • This “Global Value Chain” (GVC) passport would allow firms already following their host country’s financial rulebook to tout their credentials elsewhere, easing trade and increasing financial access globally, according to the Saudis’ Wednesday proposal before a group of G20 business leaders, developed in partnership with the OECD.
  • Blockchain technology would provide the GVC Passport a distributed, trusted, real-time source for global regulators to verify business’ accreditation claims, according to the Saudis’ accompanying white paper.
  • The result: a more efficient financial system with firms – especially small and midsize ones that normally lack a global presence –  cut free from repetitive, redundant, cross-border regulatory burdens, the Saudis said.
  • “SMEs represent 90% of businesses and 50% of employment worldwide, and therefore hugely impacted by the events
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