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HSBC is at the forefront of using blockchain technology in trade finance. We are leading the vanguard with Letter of Credit (LC) blockchain transactions, and we have successfully completed the first-ever cross-border Blockchain Letter-of-Credit (LC) transaction in Bangladesh.

The transaction involved the import of 20,000MT of fuel oil by United Mymensingh Power Limited, Bangladesh from Singapore, for their power plant. This is the first time a crossborder Blockchain transaction has been executed in Bangladesh. The transaction was completed using the Contour platform and the LC processing time was reduced from the standard 5-10 days to under 24 hours.

I am very pleased that HSBC has pioneered Bangladesh’s first-ever crossborder Blockchain LC transaction. This showcases our strong commitment and ability to support crossborder trade by Bangladeshi businesses using cutting-edge technology platforms. I believe this will usher in a new era of routing international trade transactions as businesses and governments recognise the transparency, security and swiftness in performing tasks using Blockchain technology.

Md. Mahbub ur Rahman Chief Executive Officer, HSBC Bangladesh

 

This marks a significant step for Bangladeshi companies in the digitisation of trade. It makes doing business simpler and faster by reducing transaction times and boosts working capital efficiency, something that’s especially appealing to local firms navigating through the current economic challenges.

We are very enthusiastic over the use of Blockchain technology for our imports. We understand that we are headed towards a digital era and we are ready to evolve in our effort to adapt to the changes. Fuel Oil LCs are highly time sensitive where every second counts and we believe this Blockchain technology will help to manage time efficiently and also ensure increased efficiency and better cost management.

Mr. Moinuddin Hasan Rashid Group Chairman and Managing Director, United Group

 

HSBC has effectively pioneered Blockchain platform in many a country including but not limited to India, UAE, Malaysia, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea and Vietnam. The Contour platform is built using R3’s Corda Blockchain technology. It links together banks and corporates on a decentralised trade finance network.

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