The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has launched a blockchain-based trade financing pilot project in collaboration with top lenders including HDFC bank, ICICI Bank and State Bank of India, among several others, Economic Times reported, citing unidentified sources. 

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  • Belgium-based SettleMint, U.S.-based Corda Technologies and IBM are reportedly providing technology support for the project driven by the central bank’s Innovation Hub in Bangalore, the report said. 
  • The central bank’s project hopes to integrate blockchain technology into the core banking system to prevent letters of credit fraud.
  • Letters of credits serve as financial contracts between a bank and a beneficiary that guarantees transactions are made when agreed conditions are met. 
  • The pilot project, called “proof of concept” in industry parlance, has begun with banks to run blockchain-backed systems to issue digital letters of credit, the report said. 
  • Blockchain’s immutability could be used to mitigate tampering of documents recorded on the digital ledger. 

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