3rd February, 2020, Singapore – Delivering a keynote entitled “What’s Next” at Blockchain Impact, 2020 Perspectives “Supply Chain” to a full-house turnout, Ethan Ng, Southeast Asian CEO of global cryptocurrency exchange BiKi.com, identified the major trends impacting blockchain in 2020, delving in particular into the role of supply chains. The esteemed panel of speakers included supply chain experts such as the Director of Trade at Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) of Singapore and the CEO of Karuschain, blockchain technology platform for the precious metals mining industry, amongst others.
The Shift to Mainstream Adoption
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The past 6 months have seen how Libra and the SEC have turned the spotlight on the decentralized economy. However even before this, in 2017 when the ICO markets were very hot, the IMF had already suggested working on CBDCs (Central Bank Digital Currencies) to central banks.
“BiKi is banking on this,” insisted Ng. “This is why we believe mainstream adoption will happen. When one of the major CBDCs is ready, which we anticipate may happen in Q1 or Q2 this year, they will eventually influence the MNCs who are likely to adopt the CBDCs. SMEs under them, through the network effect, will provide many more channels to market, to spread the use of digital currencies to the masses. We’re then going to go through a plateau of competition, figure out what works and what doesn’t and find the model that works.”
Singling out blockchain solutions in supply chain as playing a big role in enterprises, Ng pointed out that, “with increased efficient supply there will be increased demand.”
The Elephant in the Room
BiKi CEO Ethan Ng pointed out that in 2017 and 2018, everyone was caught up in the hype of the possibilities of blockchain technology and what problems it could solve. However, with huge innovations happening in the space, the adoption rate was far below expectations. A very important factor had been ignored – the huge elephant in the room.
Citing how in traditional markets, every single player in the supply chain space needed a financier – a central player, a bank – for the space to function, Ethan Ng proposed that in the newly disrupted supply chain, a new kind of financier category was necessary.
That new role would be filled out by new financial institutions which could offer many of the services from traditional financial institutions but adapted to the new decentralized economy. Identifying decentralized finance (DeFi) as one of the major significant trends in 2020, Ethan Ng saw exchanges that offered DeFi products as the new disrupting financial institutions of the future.
Growing Market of Blockchain Supply Chain Solutions
Sharing economies initiated by companies such as Uber and Grab disrupted the taxi industry. Because they offered a useful and viable solution, they were able to gain market share and scale.
Industry-specific solutions using blockchain, for example in pharmaceuticals and food amongst so many other industries, where logistics and supply chains experience massive pain points, has spilled over to enterprises. Ng believed that this growing market of supply chain solutions will enable these newly disrupted industries to similarly be able to gain market share and scale.
The maturation of the technology in mainstream enterprise usage, against an impending landscape of CBDCs and DeFi products, will work together to boost the role of decentralization in economies, where digital currencies such as BTC and ETH will rise.
BiKi.com: 2020 Plans in a DeFi Economy
Together with partner Node Capital, BiKi exchange has huge plans to be ready for this scenario.
Firstly, would be the launch of a lending product on BiKi exchange not using BTC but USDT, which would be more stable for a lot of players.
Secondly, would be the launch of a public financial chain in Q3 2020 which Ng strongly felt would be one of the core aspects in future financial institutions in the blockchain space.
As always, the user-focused platform considers serving the needs of its users a priority. BiKi exchange will ensure that it is providing the utmost benefits for its users by providing an increasing lineup of financial services and products for the deFi economy, including new and innovative ways to trade on the platform.
BiKi Exchange is also currently focusing on getting its license as per the Payment Services Act by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). Singapore is one of the world’s leading financial hubs and becoming a regulated exchange here will gain the cryptocurrency exchange further recognition and instil user confidence as a global brand, cementing BiKi’s position at the forefront of the blockchain and cryptocurrency exchange industry.
Headquartered in Singapore, BiKi.com is a global cryptocurrency exchange ranked Top 20 on CoinMarketCap. BiKi.com provides a digital assets platform for trading more than 150 cryptocurrencies and 280 trading pairs. BiKi.com is focused on providing the safest, most stable and most effective cryptocurrency trading platform. 100% of the transaction fees are used in buyback and burning of platform token, BIKI. Since its official opening in August 2018, BiKi.com is considered one of the fastest-growing cryptocurrency exchanges in the world with an accumulated 2 million registered users, 150,000 daily active users, over 2,000 community partners and 200,000 community members. BiKi.com has received investments from Huobi co-founder Du Jun, Genesis Capital Zhu Huai Yang, FBG Capital, ChainUP and others totaling approximately 10 million USD.
Chang Jie Lin, BiKi.com
Cecilia Wong, yourPRstrategist.com
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