Emirates NBD & ICICI Bank: Blockchain Pilot Network

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4 April 2017
Patricia Hines

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Celent Model Bank Award: Emirates NBD & ICICI Bank: Blockchain Pilot Network

Winners of Celent Model Bank 2017 Award for Most Promising Proof of Concept. Using the EdgeVerve Blockchain Framework for Financial Services, Emirates NBD and ICICI Bank piloted trade finance and remittances transactions across the UAE-India corridor, one of the busiest corridors for both banks.

Distributed ledger technology, often referred to as blockchain, threatens to disrupt the corporate banking sector with its potential to improve visibility, lessen friction, automate reconciliation, and shorten cycle times. In particular, corporate banking use cases focusing on traditional trade finance, supply chain finance, cross-border payments, and digital identity management have attracted significant attention and investment.

In what could be an unprecedented collaboration, financial institutions and technology providers are accelerating the development and adoption of distributed ledger solutions across financial services by banding together. In an environment of limited technology research and development budgets, the collaborative approach helps financial services firms to take the long view by sharing development expertise and cost.

With this project, Emirates NBD became the first bank in UAE and ICICI Bank, the first bank in India, to pilot a blockchain-based network for financial services.

"With this project, Emirates NBD became the first bank in UAE and ICICI Bank, the first bank in India, to pilot a blockchain-based network for financial services," commented Patricia Hines, Senior Analyst in Celent's Banking practice. "This blockchain network model is least disruptive to existing systems and processes in banks. This approach reduces complexity as it allows banks to integrate blockchain powered networks seamlessly into their current architecture."

EdgeVerve Blockchain Framework for Financial Services

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