Russian Banks Join National Consortium For Blockchain Exploration

By July 6, 2016Bitcoin Business
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Russian Banks Join National Consortium For Blockchain Exploration

A group of banks in Russia have announced their intention to join a Blockchain Consortium that was recently proposed on the basis of a newly signed mutual memorandum, and as Russia’s central bank just said it is testing a blockchain messaging system.

Payments provider QIWI Group had previously announced plans for the Russian Blockchain Consortium effort, which has apparently now picked up some significant backing from regional players.

In addition to QIWI, Accenture, BINBANK, MDM Bank, Bank Otkritie, and Tinkoff Bank, have all expressed their intent to join the blockchain initiative, as unveiled during a conference in St. Petersburg.

The news follows after over 30 entities had joined the Shenzhen Blockchain Consortium in China, as reported by Finance Magnates at the end of last week.

The banking business is undergoing a rapid new technology-caused transformation as we see the emergence of new areas in the banking business.

Russian banks chime in

Bank Otkritie’s director of innovation, Alexey Blagirev, commented regarding the development: “Collaboration with major players in the banking sector and the participation of the regulator will allow us to create and test new approaches, such as joint settlements, simplifying the customer identification procedures.

Commenting in an official statement, Sergey Solonin, CEO of QIWI Group, said “Creation of consortium in Russia is our response to the rapidly growing interest in innovative technologies that can lead the economy, business and daily life of a person to a completely new level of interaction and confidence. I’m convinced that the Consortium, which brought together the Russia’s largest financial company, is able to become an effective platform for multilateral cooperation in exploration, launching innovations and their implementations in financial services.”

St. Petersburg Conference

Hosted by the country’s central bank, the XXV International Financial Congress had just taken place through July 1st, where Bank of Russia governor Elvira Nabiullina discussed related plans to help support fintech. She said new platform would be, “akin to a corporate university,” to help foster collaboration and innovation in finance.

Elvira Nabiullina Source: Bloomberg
Elvira Nabiullina Source: Bloomberg

Mrs. Nabiullina added: “The banking business is undergoing a rapid new technology-caused transformation as we see the emergence of new areas in the banking business. Therefore, undoubtedly, both the regulator and the bank community need to be abreast of all recent trends and best business practices. My hope is that the bank community will assist us in developing the agenda for this platform.”

The Central Bank of Russia’s officials had invited banks to discuss the broader issues surrounding the development of crypto technologies Russia, during its recent event in St. Petersburg.

Cryptocurrency in Russia

In a recent regulatory filing, QIWI had noted that it had started developing a new cryptocurrency called ‘Bitruble’ using a blockchain-driven distributed ledger technology that is common with cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin.

The company had also noted in the filing that it was working Russian regulators to ensure that we will be able to launch this product in full compliance with Russian law, amid calls in the country for cryptocurrencies to be outlawed.

Meanwhile, the new tone that emerged from the conference appears that Russia may be opening up to the idea of cryptocurrencies, and amid its testing of blockchain technology for its messaging system.

Payments provider QIWI Group had previously announced plans for the Russian Blockchain Consortium effort, which has apparently now picked up some significant backing from regional players.

In addition to QIWI, Accenture, BINBANK, MDM Bank, Bank Otkritie, and Tinkoff Bank, have all expressed their intent to join the blockchain initiative, as unveiled during a conference in St. Petersburg.

The news follows after over 30 entities had joined the Shenzhen Blockchain Consortium in China, as reported by Finance Magnates at the end of last week. The banking business is undergoing a rapid new technology-caused transformation as we see the emergence of new areas in the banking business. Russian banks chime in

Bank Otkritie’s director of innovation, Alexey Blagirev, commented regarding the development: “Collaboration with major players in the banking sector and the participation of the regulator will allow us to create and test new approaches, such as joint settlements, simplifying the customer identification procedures.

Commenting in an official statement, Sergey Solonin, CEO of QIWI Group, said “Creation of consortium in Russia is our response to the rapidly growing interest in innovative technologies that can lead the economy, business and daily life of a person to a completely new level of interaction and confidence. I’m convinced that the Consortium, which brought together the Russia’s largest financial company, is able to become an effective platform for multilateral cooperation in exploration, launching innovations and their implementations in financial services.” St. Petersburg Conference

Hosted by the country’s central bank, the XXV International Financial Congress had just taken place through July 1st, where Bank of Russia governor Elvira […]

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