Tuesday 10, October 2017 by Jessica Combes

e-Dirham holds panel talk on blockchain during GITEX Technology Week 2017

 

Experts in banking and finance shared insights on the impact of blockchain at a panel discussion organised by the e-Dirham team of the UAE Ministry of Finance (MoF) in partnership with First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB) during the ongoing GITEX Technology Week 2017. 

The panel discussion was a part of e-Dirham’s awareness initiatives which include an interactive talk by experts from financial and banking sector focused on highly relevant topics including latest trends in electronic payments. 

Amongst the panel members were Tony Joseph, Chief Information Security Officer; e-dirham team at Ministry of Finance; Ramana Kumar, Head of Payments at FAB; and Sultan bin Kharsham, Managing Director at PayCommerce ME FZCO; while Karen Remo, Managing Director of New Perspective Media, was the moderator for the panel. 

The panellists highlighted the phenomenal growth of Blockchain, a distributed ledger database based on cryptographic peer-to-peer (P2P) network. Driven by its transparent, cost-effective and time-efficient features, the Blockchain market worldwide is estimated to rise from $210 million in 2016 to over $2.3 billion by 2021, at a CAGR of 61.5 per cent, according to a Markets and Markets report. High adoption across diverse application systems including payments, exchanges, documentation and smart contracts are leading to the fast growth of the Blockchain market.

With the need for financial and banking transactions having transitioned from traditional to always connected systems, banking, finance and insurance sectors are witnessing the highest adoption and are also projected to dominate the market with the largest market share, the panellists noted. 

The UAE is also making strides in the adoption of Blockchain and Dubai is already working towards attaining its goal of becoming the world’s first government to execute all transactions on Blockchain by 2020. 

The transformative technology, considered a principal tool for establishing and supporting the digital economy all over the world, also assures an effective protection against the growing threats in the fields of data security and e-crimes. Blockchain is also considered a qualitative leap that will lead to the emergence of the second generation of internet offering tremendous opportunities for communities and individuals all over the world, as it is being widely adopted, said the panel members. 

The MoF, in partnership with FAB, is showcasing e-Dirham’s latest mechanisms and technologies in electronic payment systems in the UAE at the GITEX Technology Week 2017. 

Blockchain makes the organisations using it transparent, decentralised, efficient and secured. In the field of privacy, it allows making commercial and non-commercial transactions having without the need to share personal information.

The World Economic Forum published a recent report titled “Blockchain will be the beating heart of the global financial system” which noted that Blockchain will lead to reduce the banking fees, minimising the human errors, which, in turn, will immunise the global economy against bubbles.

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