Trade finance: The latest industry to boost DLT adoption amid COVID-19

Trade finance: The latest industry to boost DLT adoption amid COVID-19


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As the coronavirus pandemic continues to push more people out of their offices, many companies across the globe are adopting decentralized ledger technology to mitigate its effects and remain operational. 

Emmanuelle Ganne, senior analyst at the World Trade Organization, told Cointelegraph that “The current pandemic, which has a devastating impact on small businesses, is an opportunity to accelerate trade digitalization, to the benefit of SMEs in particular.” Ganne added: “DLTs have the potential to remove many of the inefficiencies that hinder international trade and to slash trade costs, which weigh more heavily on small firms, a fortiori in times of crisis.”

Deepesh Patel, editorial director at Trade Finance Global — a financial broker — believes that “A fully digitalised global trade ecosystem will be seamless and interconnected and probably open source.”

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The trade finance gap

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