RBI, Indian Banks to Pilot Blockchain Trade Financing: Report

HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank and State Bank of India are among those participating in the project designed to prevent loan fraud.

AccessTimeIconJun 23, 2022 at 8:10 a.m. UTC
Updated May 11, 2023 at 4:15 p.m. UTC

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is looking to develop a proof-of-concept blockchain project focused on trade financing, alongside multiple top Indian banks, the Economic Times reported on Thursday.

  • HDFC Bank (HDFCBANK), ICICI Bank (ICICIBANK) and State Bank of India (SBIN) are among those participating in the project designed to tackle loan fraud. the report said.
  • The project will aim to prevent tampering with documents like letters of credit (LC) by issuing digital versions of them. Digital documents could prevent frauds like the ones committed by Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi, in which billions of rupees were siphoned.
  • The central bank wishes to make blockchain technology a part of its core banking system and will use this project as a means of demonstrating that the concept has real-world use.
  • IBM (IBM), Corda and Belgium-based SettleMint are providing technological support for the project, the report said, citing people with knowledge of the matter.
  • India's central bank is known for its anti-crypto stance, though Governor Shaktikanta Das has previously said that blockchain technology can thrive without cryptocurrencies.
  • The RBI did not immediately respond to CoinDesk's request for comment.

UPDATE (10:09 UTC July 7 2022): Changes 'Corda Technologies' to 'Corda'


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