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Australia launches an international blockchain trial with Singapore

The Australian government is trialing the use of blockchain technology for inter-government document exchanges with Singapore as the latest action in a series of pro-blockchain efforts. 

According to cointelegraph, on Nov. 23 the Australia Border Force launched a blockchain trade trial in partnership with Singapore Customs and Singapore Infocomm Media Development Authority to test digital verification systems. 

ABF Commissioner Michael Outram said:

“This initiative will incorporate paperless trading and secure, digital exchange of trade information as part of the future architecture and design of an Australian Trade Single Window.”

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Australian Industry Group, and financial institutes across Australia and Singapore, including ANZ, will participate in the trial.

The Border Force will convey its findings from this project to the Supply Chain Working Group. The pilot program is part of the National Blockchain Roadmap led by Chloe White from the Department of Industry, Science, Energy, and Resources.

On Nov. 5, DISER also launched the Australian Public Servant blockchain network in line with the Blockchain Roadmap. 

Last week, White explained that the network is a way to “uncover who are the public servants that are interested in blockchain.” The community for blockchain enthusiasts will be open to any public servants that are interested in the technology.

“It’s a first step in delivering on Signpost seven of the National Blockchain Roadmap: raising awareness across the APS”

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