Networks in Trade Finance: Balancing the Options

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Is a single global network or are multiple business networks the right structure for a distributed ledger ecosystem for trade finance? The answer will reduce uncertainty for market players and enable faster implementation of distributed ledger solutions. This paper considers the trade-offs between a single universal global network versus multiple business networks. For a universal global network to succeed, regulators would need to come to a consensus over legal and regulatory standards globally. In the specific context of Asia, multiple interoperable business networks more closely align with the existing diverse regulatory environment.

Alexander McMyn, Martin Sim

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