UN, Alibaba’s Jack Ma forge startup assistance program with Estonia’s e-Residency

Neil Hughes
25 APR 2017  

The U.N. Conference on Trade and Development has joined forces with Alibaba founder Jack Ma to create “e-Trade for All,” a new program that aims to make it easier for people to start a business online, especially in developing countries.

As a special advisor to the UNCTAD, Ma will help foster growth of online businesses, particularly in areas of the world where internet access is limited or nonexistent. The efforts were announced on Tuesday in Geneva, as part of e-Commerce week. Read more.

Explosive Disruption: The Power of Networks


Sometimes I wonder what this moment in time will look like to future generations. How will our grandchildren judge us when looking back at how we responded to today’s disruption? Will they wonder whether we understood that we were standing on the cusp of a whole new world order?

Perhaps they will ask whether we fully appreciated that we live in a world that is in transition – from a model of business, political participation, relationships, values and society that we are familiar with to one that is still largely unknown and needs our shaping. Read more.

The UN Wants to Adopt Bitcoin And Ethereum – And Soon

(@DelRayMan) |
24 APR 2017

The United Nations (UN) is in the final stages of what could be one of the most epic blockchain projects of all time.

After successfully using the ethereum blockchain to transmit Pakistani rupees to 100 people earlier this year, the UN’s World Food Program (WFP) is arranging extra security to ensure it safely executes the next stage of its work.

A pilot test, scheduled to begin in Jordan on 1st May, will see the WFP sending an unspecified number of dinars to more than 10,000 recipients in need of financial support and extra food, with the goal of expanding the number of recipients to 500,000 people by 2018. Read more.

Request for Information for Blockchain-based International Assistance

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NOTICE – Amendment of RFI for Blockchain-based International Assistance

Reference number: UNOPS-2017-RFI-Blockchain-001-AMD1 

Thank you very much for many enthusiastic responses to the RFI. We are humbled by all the attention given to this RFI.

In close collaboration with World Bank (WB) and Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), we are working on to organize the information received in the way to cater the needs of the multinational development and humanitarian community.

Please note the following amendments of the RFI will be posted shortly;

1. The deadline for the submission: it is extended until the end of June 04, 2017 at CET (Central European Time).

2. The method of the submission: please fill the online form to make your submission, including the attachments, at https://lnkd.in/dvDR8pW . There is no change in content.

Also please note that the registration with UNGM is not required yet at the stage of responding to the RFI.

For a quicker communication, we have opened a Slack public channel. You can join the channel at https://goo.gl/pvzdjR

UNOP -2017-RFI-Blockchain 001 Blockchain-based International Assistance *all countries June 4, 2017 Request For Information View

Request for Information (RFI) 

Blockchain-based International Assistance

Beneficiary country: Multiple countries

Reference number: UNOPS-2017-RFI-Blockchain-001-AMD1

Description: Blockchain-based International Assistance

Deadline date for submission of Request for Information: June 4, 2017

Posting date: 24th April 2017

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European Commission Backs Blockchain Pilot With €500k Budget

21 APR 2017   CoinDesk


The European Union’s executive branch is establishing an “observatory” focused on blockchain as part of a wider pilot project.

Unveiled earlier this week, the initiative, according to the European Commission, seeks to “gather opinions and to voice concerns around Blockchain and DLT”. The Commission plans to solicit proposals from possible partners during the second quarter of this year. Read more.

Bitcoin Adoption in Thailand Led by Tourism Industry

Bitcoin Adoption in Thailand Led by Tourism Industry
Kevin Helms
18 APR 2017  Bitcoin.com
Bitcoin Adoption in Thailand Led by Tourism Industry, but Held Back by Scaling Debate

The Bitcoin scaling debate affects some businesses more than others, but few real-world businesses have the volume to watch Bitcoin’s momentum react to it like the tourist hotspot, the Pattaya Beer Garden. Bitcoin.com discussed adoption trends in Thailand with Peter Noid, the proprietor of this large and popular restaurant and bar located in the Southern city of Pattaya.

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Pre-Information Notice for the EU Blockchain Observatory / Forum

European Commission
18 APR 2017

In the context of the Horizontal Taskforce on FinTech and Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT), the European Parliament has mandated the European Commission to implement a Pilot project in order to build up technical expertise and regulatory capacity. The European Commission intends to launch a call for tender for a service contract to set up an EU Blockchain Observatory. Read more.

Blockchain Rollouts in Finance to Reflect Significant Change in the Short-Term

Blockchain Rollouts in Finance to Reflect Significant Change in the Short-Term
Lester Coleman
16 APR 2017  CryptoCoins News

Many early blockchain initiatives have only been implemented in testing environments, while their future commercial use remains uncertain. Nonetheless, an industry-wide conversation has emerged, as financial institutions explore blockchain’s theoretical appeal, its practical applications and standards have to be established to realize its potential.

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