Blockchain 

Thailand’s Largest Commercial Bank Retracts Tweet Indicating Plans to Use Ripple’s XRP

Siam Commercial Bank (SCB), Thailand’s largest commercial bank, has denied it plans to start using Ripple’s XRP token, contrary to earlier indications. The bank’s denial was communicated in a tweet published on June 7. The bank’s denial was prompted by an earlier post on social media dated June 5, when the bank’s official Twitter handle had responded to a user’s question regarding XRP and revealed ostensible plans to announce details of an unspecified “XRP system […] soon.” With the June 5 tweet having since been deleted, SCB today has firmly…

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Blockchain 

Bank of Thailand’s CBDC Project Prototype Is Being Finalized by R3 and Wipro

Blockchain consortium R3 and global IT leader Wipro Limited have developed a blockchain solution prototype to enable digital currency for interbank settlements in Thailand, according to a press release from May 7. The release states that the solution will be used by the country’s central bank, the Bank of Thailand (BoT), and eight local commercial banks to enable decentralized interbank real-time gross settlement using a wholesale central bank digital currency (CBDC). As a part of the first phase of the project, dubbed Inthanon, the solution is based on R3’s open…

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Blockchain 

Thailand’s Largest Commercial Bank and State Oil Company Trial Blockchain Payments

Thailand’s largest commercial bank, Siam Commercial Bank (SCB), and state oil company PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited (PTTEP) performed a successful test of blockchain use for cross-border business-to-business payments. The bank recently announced the successful pilot on its website. Per the announcement, the project, which has been ongoing since mid-2018, aims to optimize operational efficiency. The bank claims that earlier this year, it has successfully carried out payments on blockchain within one minute. The post also points out that conventional methods require a wait of one to two…

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Ethereum 

OmiseGo Denies Acquisition by Thailand’s Biggest Private Company

Hasegawa Jun, the founder of Omise — the company behind OmiseGo (OMG) — denied the recent acquisition rumors in correspondence to Cointelegraph Japan on March 30. On March 29, cryptocurrency news outlet The Block Crypto reported that Charoen Pokphand Group, Thailand’s largest private company, had acquired Omise for $150 million. Shortly afterward, Omise answered an inquiry by Cointelegraph Japan, denying the rumors. In his correspondence with Cointelegraph, Jun further noted that he requests The Block to immediately remove the story, publish an apology statement and issue a correction to the…

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Bitcoin 

Thailand’s Stock Exchange Plans to Roll Out Digital Asset Platform in 2020

The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) plans to roll out its digital asset platform in 2020, according to an official statement released on March 13. Following recent reports purportedly revealing the plans, the SET has confirmed that it will build a digital asset platform as a part of its three-year strategic plan from 2019 to 2021. In the announcement, the Thai exchange claimed that the local capital market will experience a transformation into the digital age in two areas. The first field will be a complete digitization of the capital…

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Bitcoin 

Thailand’s Stock Exchange Plans to Set up a Licensed Digital Asset Exchange: Report

The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) is planning to set up a regulated digital asset exchange, local news agency The Bangkok Post reported on Jan. 17. Citing the vice chair of SET’s board of governors, Pattera Dilokrungthirapop, — аlso chair of the Association of Securities Companies — the report revealed that the national stock exchange plans to apply for a digital asset operating licence from the country’s Ministry of Finance within the year. According to the plan, SET’s member securities firms will be able to apply to become brokers and…

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Blockchain 

Thailand’s Revenue Departments Tests Blockchain for Tracking Value-Added Tax Payments

Thailand’s Revenue Department is testing blockchain to track value-added tax (VAT) payments, English-language media outlet Bangkok Post (BP) reports Dec. 3. Ekniti Nitithanprapas, director general of the Thai Revenue Department, said that the department “wants to use blockchain technology to prevent VAT refund fraud.” According to the BP, the nation is “on the path to becoming the first country to use the distributed ledger for tax probes if the technology is adopted.” The article cited Nitithanprapas explaining that “blockchain is expected to help verify VAT invoices” and “root out fake…

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