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UAE Blockchain Trade Finance platform UTC handled 2.7 billion USD in invoices

UAE Blockchain enabled UAE Trade Connect (UTC), trade finance platform which was built by Etisalat Digital and Blockchain solution provider Avanza Innovations, announced on LinkedIn that the UTC had processed 10 Billion AED (2.7 billion USD) worth of invoices during the first eight months of its operation. Etisalat Digital commercially launched UTC trade Finance platform in April of 2021 alongside seven banks within the UAE.

At the time of launch Zul Javaid, Chief Executive Officer of UTC, had stated, ” The newly founded entity that will be looking into digitization solutions across various sectors utilizing technologies such as Blockchain, AI, machine learning and others when needed. As Javaid stated, “We at Etisalat have formed an entirely new entity UTC Information service provider to address opportunities under Blockchain for various sectors including insurance, oil and gas, yet we will not offer solutions for solution sake but to resolve real problems where we see blockchain technology can be utilized. We will evolve and take on challenges with new communities as we strongly believe that blockchain is the technology of the future, and because of this we have set up a separate company to handle this.”

Zul Javaid, CEO of UTC on the recent LinkedIn post commented “Crossing the Dh10 billion mark represents a landmark achievement for this nationwide platform that is aligned with the UAE government’s vision to bring futuristic technologies such as Blockchainand is set to be another enabler for economic growth”

In the LinkedIn post, Javaid thanked and congratulated the consortium of banks that were part and parce of UTC Platform on this very important achievement.

UTC had signed on eight banks including FAB bank,

The UAE Trade Connect commenced its operations by working on duplicate and fraud detection solutions only and intended to grow its solutions to include financial crime risk, e-invoicing, whereby invoices will be digitized inside and outside banks. Later on the UAE UTC platform will move into digital bills of lading, which will include government authorities, customs’ department, international freight forwarding and shipping companies and finally the digitization of letters of credit and bank guarantees.

Lara Abdul Malak

Lara has been a journalist and writer in the technology field since her graduation from AUB majoring in political science. She has had career in corporation communications in the telecom sector and was part of the launch of first 3G network in the GCC and MENA region. Since her return to journalism she has been focused with passion on blockchain, tokenization, crypto focusing on the GCC and MENA region.

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