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Blockchain’s potential to change the face of trade finance

Blockchain’s potential to change the face of trade finance

Of all the learnings from the pandemic, the realisation that digital transformation is no longer a choice is perhaps one…
Technology holds the key to driving greater sustainability in global trade

Technology holds the key to driving greater sustainability in global trade

Whether environmental, social or economic, the sustainability challenges at the heart of trade often seem insurmountable in this global, sprawling…
International trade must go digital to fight back against fraud

International trade must go digital to fight back against fraud

Trade finance is a critical component of global trade, enabling banks to provide risk mitigation and working capital facilitation. Any…
Trade Digitisation: To scale is to standardise

Trade Digitisation: To scale is to standardise

We, in the global trade and trade finance industry, are nearing an inflection point. We will either embrace digital platforms…
Contour's Growth in 2020: A year in review

Contour's Growth in 2020: A year in review

When Contour launched in January, we could not have anticipated the tumultuous year that would lay ahead. COVID-19’s impact across…
A step-by-step guide to trade digitisation

A step-by-step guide to trade digitisation

As much as USD 5 trillion of trade credit may be needed simply to bring the global trade in goods…
How technology & governance underpin Contour's value

How technology & governance underpin Contour's value

Revolution, evolution, disruption. The latest buzzwords do not really matter as trade finance has seen them all. What does matter…
Trade Digitisation: The catalyst for growth in developing and emerging markets?

Trade Digitisation: The catalyst for growth in developing and emerging markets?

Trade is the lifeblood of any economy. However, many regions are still unable to reap the benefits that international networks…
Why this pandemic has shown how critical it is to go paperless

Why this pandemic has shown how critical it is to go paperless

Since lockdown began in spring, there has been no shortage of discussions exploring how much the world has changed –…
Letters of Credit: How they work and the need for change

Letters of Credit: How they work and the need for change

Throughout history, Letters of Credit (LCs) have played a vital role in helping businesses move from the local to the…
Trade and Interoperability: A key value for Contour

Trade and Interoperability: A key value for Contour

For broad and diverse networks like trade, interoperability has been touted as the key to ensuring an effective digital future.…
Will blockchain digitise global trade?

Will blockchain digitise global trade?

The answer will depend on the industry’s appetite for change. In the time before computers and the internet, information travelled…
Disrupting trade finance with Contour

Disrupting trade finance with Contour

Published on January 29, 2020 | Article link Author: Chris Sunderman Blockchain lead for trade finance at ING wholesale banking…
Banks and businesses see transformative changes on Contour’s network

Banks and businesses see transformative changes on Contour’s network

A new case study by R3 reveals how Contour has brought significant benefits to banks and businesses by reducing many…
Rio Tinto, Baosteel carry out Rmb deal on Contour as new banks join network

Rio Tinto, Baosteel carry out Rmb deal on Contour as new banks join network

Global / 13 May 2020/ By Eleanor Wragg Article source: Global Trade Review (GTR) Blockchain trade finance network Contour has…
What is Corda?

What is Corda?

Corda is an open-source blockchain platform, enabling businesses to transact directly and in strict privacy, reducing transaction and record-keeping costs…
Financing a global business in today’s world

Financing a global business in today’s world

How technology can enhance the financial support for corporates and reduce the impact of outdated processes. Every growing global business…
Blockchain’s potential for better trade and a more sustainable environment

Blockchain’s potential for better trade and a more sustainable environment

The Times Raconteur shows how blockchain is revolutionising the trade finance sector A recent Times Raconteur piece has shown the…
Blockchain: Solving a trade finance inefficiency solution

Blockchain: Solving a trade finance inefficiency solution

A detailed look into the capabilities of blockchain for addressing the limitations of single windows. Exporters and importers in countries…