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MAR 1, 2024

IOTA commits $10M to advance tokenization in UAE

by CoinNess Global

At the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) 13th Ministerial Conference (MC-13) in Abu Dhabi, a consortium of major global institutions including distributed ledger project IOTA, came together to ink a landmark pact aimed at enhancing digital trade, including the tokenization of real-world assets.
The agreement, termed the Teaming Agreement, signifies a collective effort to propel digital trade forward, emphasizing the creation of an open, non-profit and inclusive digital infrastructure for trade data sharing. The initiative involves IOTA’s recently-formed Abu Dhabi-based IOTA Ecosystem DLT Foundation.

Capital pledge

The Foundation has pledged an investment of $10 million towards early-stage startups focusing on digital trade and the tokenization of real-world assets (RWAs). These investments, to be unveiled publicly over the next few weeks, will support TradeTech or trade finance technology ventures and provide assistance to startups utilizing IOTA through an accelerator program.
The signatories to the Teaming Agreement include esteemed organizations such as the World Economic Forum (WEF), the Institute of Export and International Trade, the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change (TBI), the IOTA Foundation, TradeMark Africa and the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation (GATF). This collaboration brings together a diverse range of expertise and resources, blending tech and trade proficiency to streamline supply chains and customs procedures.

More efficient cross-border trade

The primary objective of the agreement is to foster collaboration and information sharing across global supply chains, with the aim of reducing barriers and enhancing inclusivity in international trade. By leveraging digital infrastructures, the coalition aims to minimize the time and cost associated with cross-border trade, thus promoting greater participation in global commerce.
The timing of this agreement is particularly pertinent, given the multitude of challenges facing global supply chains. Threats such as attacks on shipping routes and the potential rise of protectionist policies underscore the necessity for enhanced information sharing and cooperation across trade networks.

Trade Logistics Information Pipeline (TLIP)

At the core of this initiative lies the Trade Logistics Information Pipeline (TLIP), a public global trade infrastructure developed by TradeMark Africa in collaboration with the IOTA Foundation. Leveraging open-source technology, TLIP facilitates seamless information exchange in international trade, promoting transparency and inclusivity while empowering participants to retain control over their data.
The implementation of TLIP is expected to address challenges such as document loss, information discrepancies and fraud, thereby fostering a more efficient and secure global trade ecosystem.
Commenting on the development, IOTA Co-Founder Dominic Schiener stated:"By investing in the future of TradeTech, we are not just facilitating smoother trade transactions; we are laying the groundwork for a more interconnected and efficient global trade ecosystem. Our collaboration with leading organizations through the TLIP is a testament to our commitment to innovation and excellence in this field."
In a separate positive development for the IOTA project on Feb. 29, Jelle Millenaar, the co-founder of Impierce Technologies and a former IOTA software engineer, outlined that his company intends to develop a digital identity wallet on top of the IOTA Identity framework. The intention is to build a wallet that is compliant with digital identity regulation within the European Union.
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