DBS becomes Singapore’s first lender to join blockchain firm R3’s Corda to provide end-to-end letter of credit (LC) settlement to clients. Via the Corda network, the bank expects shortened settlement time, reduced paperwork and simplified processes.
In addition, the platform also enables digitalized real-time negotiations, post-endorsement sharing with banks and real-time tracking of transactions with a full audit trail.
«Joining Contour’s growing ecosystem of banks and partners aligns with DBS’s ongoing efforts to drive greater efficiencies in trade and unlock strategic value for its corporate customers,» DBS said in a statement.
DBS Bank is the first Singapore bank to join Contour’s network, growing the number of banks on the platform driving a collective effort to digitalise global trade. Built on R3’s Corda, Contour’s network focuses on digitalising processes, including the creation, exchange, approval and issuance of letter of credits (LCs), which are often tedious and time-consuming.
Joining Contour’s growing ecosystem of banks and partners aligns with DBS’ ongoing efforts to drive greater efficiencies in trade and unlock strategic value for its corporate customers. The demand for ‘contact-free’ banking amid the Covid-19 situation also makes digitalising trade processes an increasingly relevant and heightened priority for all participants during this period.
Through Contour, DBS will be able to tap on the network’s digital solutions to provide a fully digital end-to-end LC settlement process for its customers – including the transfer of electronic trade and title documents. This helps shorten settlement time, reduce paperwork and simplify complex trade processes. Corporate customers can also conduct digital pre-issuance negotiation between applicant and beneficiary in real-time, and share this with DBS post-endorsement for LC Issuance. This increases the accuracy of LCs issued and helps facilitate quicker resolution in the event of discrepancies. In addition, customers will also enjoy enhanced transparency with real-time tracking of transactions on the platform, along with a full audit trail.
Carl Wegner, CEO, Contour said: “Our network continues to grow. With more financial institutions joining the Beta Network, we are able to showcase the full potential that a blockchain solution can offer to trade finance. Efficiency in the LC issuance process is a vital part of upgrading the industry. Through our network, we can enable banks and corporates to leverage the shared transparency in the platform and manage information digitally which is even more important than ever for the trade finance industry.”
John Laurens, Group Head of Global Transaction Services at DBS Bank, said: “We’ve been employing technology and digital solutions to innovatively unlock opportunities for our corporate customers across sectors and of all scale. This is more than simply digitising an historically paper-based service; it’s about transforming the way industries work by providing greater transparency, security and speed to build sustainable trade ecosystems that are able to weather the peaks and troughs of economic cycles and are resilient in times of crisis.”