Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI), in partnership with the Dubai Future Foundation (DFF), has developed the Digital Silk Road project.
The project, which is a part of the the Dubai 10X initiative, seeks to use blockchain technology to eliminate key complexities and weaknesses in the global trading system.
It aims to further increase the transparency of supply chains through digital transformation and comprehensive process automation. The Digital Silk Road will support entrepreneurs in enhancing their innovative capabilities, accelerate business transactions, increase security and reduce trade in counterfeit goods, and provide reliable information to parties anywhere and anytime to enrich the experience of customers.
The Digital Silk Road project aims to reshape the global trading system through a secure, advanced and environmentally friendly platform using blockchain technology that helps overcome current trade barriers such as high costs, lack of transparency, diversification of legislation and lack of security in business transactions.
“The Dubai 10X approach offers a way to overcome all the challenges and current constraints facing the trade sector by introducing a unique system,” said HE Hamad Buamim, President & CEO of Dubai Chambers of Commerce and Industry. “We have been able to develop a project that is aligned with the vision of the initiative and meets Dubai’s need for a platform that facilitates more cost-efficient, safer and faster trading. We can avoid all obstacles and unnecessary procedures and enhance our role as a trading chamber by using the latest technologies such as blockchain.”
“Dubai is well known for being a record breaking city where we strive to overcome the most difficult challenges across different circumstances. We believe that the Digital Silk Road will be a competitive project that will achieve the best records and rewrite the history of world trade. The emirate enjoys a strategic location that links traditional trade routes and has an advanced logistics infrastructure that enhances its position in the global trading system,” Buamim added
Buamim pointed out that this project is part of the Dubai 2021 plan, especially its themes of ‘smart and sustainable city’ and ‘pivotal hub in the global economy’. The project will reinforce Dubai’s position as one of the most important business centres in the world.
The platform will enable devices to interact directly with each other and improves the knowledge of assets and liabilities, as well as the possibility of creating applications such as smart contracts, digital portfolios, safe digital transfer of assets and information. This will help reduce other disadvantages such as lack of transparency, security, manual errors, increased paper usage and time spent on procedures.
Dubai Customs is a key partner for the success of this project. The Chamber is also working with global partners, including ones from the Netherlands and the US, to implement the initiative with the aim of starting the new project in the next eight months.