TDB Becomes the First African DFI to Close a Live End-to-end Trade Finance Transaction Using dltledgers Blockchain Technology

With dltledgers as the blockchain partner and Agrocorp, as the trading company, over 50,000MT of sugar is moved from Asia to Africa
2019-11-14 15:56 881

JOHANNESBURG, Nov. 14, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- It's a first for an African development finance institution, a first in the trade of sugar, and the largest single-trade transaction to date to have been completed by dltledgers, the world's largest production blockchain platform for global trade finance, via which TDB has been able to close a $22M white cane sugar trade transaction.

TDB Becomes the First African DFI to Close a Live End-to-end Trade Finance Transaction Using dltledgers Blockchain Technology
TDB Becomes the First African DFI to Close a Live End-to-end Trade Finance Transaction Using dltledgers Blockchain Technology

The journey started in Asia, where 50,000MT of white cane sugar was shipped to a buyer in one of TDB's Member States, with Agrocorp International - a Singapore-based leading global agri-commodity trading and processing company - as the seller and trading company, and TDB as the negotiating bank.

With the parties performing their operations digitally in one single private blockchain, this transaction saved a total of 4 days - a number which could be pushed to 8 in upcoming trades. Likewise, it was paperless, and thus with a lower carbon footprint, and more secure thanks to encryption and verification technologies. It also made it possible to reduce all parties' risks by eliminating potential errors and ambiguities in the exchange and amendment of documents.

In 2018, the world exported over $19tn and imported closer to $20tn - about 80 to 90% of which relying on some type of trade finance, whether trade credit, insurance or guarantees, such as in the case of this trade, an LC confirmation and discounting transaction.

By some estimations, the global trade finance gap is about $1.5tn, an amount expected to rise to $2.5tn by 2025. With blockchain, the digital disruption brought about in the world of trade finance has the power, not only to bridge this gap, but to boost trade exchanges, notably in Africa, where already, many are leapfrogging over old technologies and directly adopting modern ones - as it was the case with the continent's mobile revolution.

Admassu Tadesse, TDB President and Chief Executive says that "TDB continues innovating and is keeping step with the fourth industrial revolution by embracing new digital technologies like blockchain. As we grow, just as it is the case with our clients, we need to continue delivering more for our partners and shareholders by improving the efficiency and speed of our processes while diminishing our carbon footprint, and with this, sustain our vibrant story of impact and attractive returns. With 70% of our portfolio in trade finance, this transaction is lighting up our path into the future."

"We are thrilled to have launched our blockchain operations with our partners Agrocorp and dltledgers," added Michael Awori, TDB Chief Operating Officer. "With this transaction, we have the potential to revolutionize how we finance cross-border trade at the Bank. Not only will it impact our bottom-line, but it will enable us to reduce processing time, be more responsive to our clients, and de-risk transactions."

"We are delighted to see the successful execution of this Afro-Asian trade on our platform," says Samir Neji, dltledgers CEO. "We are now establishing presence in Japan and MENA, and project to carry out $10bn worth of African trade transactions with the Asia Pacific region, including Japan by June 2020. We are confident that with TDB's adoption of dltledgers blockchain node for African trade transactions, tens of billions of dollars will be added annually to Africa's economy, by filling the trade finance gap using our blockchain technology, thereby bringing in transparency and trust across all parties."

Krishna Prasad, General Manager Finance says that "Agrocorp is proud to have collaborated with TDB and dltledgers on this trade digitization initiative. The digitization of trade flows via blockchain is something that has the potential to really revolutionize the way our industry operates. This transaction has proven that sizeable flows can be digitized to avail significant savings in time when generating and sharing trade documents. This time saved can generate meaningful savings with regards to vessel discharge rates and port detention costs. The fact that this initiative was done with a prominent development bank in Africa and in Ethiopia which is an important market for us, makes it all the more special."

About TDB

Established in 1985, the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB) is a multilateral, treaty-based, investment-grade development financial institution, with assets of USD 6 bn. The Bank's mandate is to finance and foster trade, regional economic integration and sustainable development through trade finance, project and infrastructure finance, asset management and advisory services.

About dltledgers

dltledgers is a global platform company with Singapore as its HQ. We are a customer centric platform for cross border trade execution. Several regional and global banks have signed up and operate as network partners in offering trade financing services in the platform. Apart from counter party assignment in blockchain, we network shipping, logistics, ports and other network partners into a trusted trade network for our customers. With digitisation and blockchain, Cross border trade is being transformed like never before. dltledgers blockchain platform leads the pack with over 400+ global traders, USD 1 billion+ trade executed across 30+ banks and a wider network which is growing on a global scale. 

About Agrocorp

Agrocorp International is one of the leading integrated agricultural commodity and food solutions providers in the world. Since its founding in 1990, Agrocorp has grown its business worldwide and handled more than 11 million metric tonnes of goods in FY2018, placing it as one of the largest movers of agricultural commodities in the world, with a sales revenue of almost US$3.3 billion. Agrocorp has expanded its presence in key product verticals from being active in less than 10 in 2005 to more than 30 in 2018. In a few of these verticals we have market leading positions in key markets such as India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, China, Indonesia and Vietnam.

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