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Tech to Bridge $1.5 Trillion Trade Finance Gap and Accelerate SME Growth Over Next Decade, Predicts DMCC in New Research
DUBAI, UAE, May 16, 2018 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

     Ripe for industrialisation in the trade sector, technology advancements 
could bridge the current $1.5tn trade finance gap, with potential to inject new 
growth in trade, according to a report on 'The Future of Trade' 
[ ] from DMCC, the world's flagship Free Zone and 
Dubai government authority on commodities trade and enterprise.

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    The research highlights the emerging impact of digital transformation for 
importers and exporters, and the world's top ten commodity trading hubs, along 
with the ongoing shifts in global economic power.

    The report states that 50% of SME funding applications are rejected by 
banks and that alternative trade finance, powered by FinTech and Blockchain, is 
on the rise. For example, the alternative finance market in the APAC region 
more than doubled between 2015 and 2016 to the total value of $245.2 billion.

    The report also notes that Blockchain is likely to redefine the trade 
sector over the next decade, providing faster, more secure and effective ways 
to handle workflows and move goods across borders, but that large scale 
progress is still to be made.

    Estimates indicate that Blockchain could increase global GDP by nearly 5% 
and trade volumes by 15%.

    Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman, DMCC, said:

    "Trade and trade finance will be revolutionised by Blockchain and other 
emerging technologies. The UAE and Dubai are advancing fast by looking well 
into the future to capitalise on these changes critical to retaining our 
position as the world's number 1 commodities trade hub".

    In addition to the impact of emerging technologies, the report details how 
Geopolitical factors, including the current US administration and UK's Brexit 
vote, challenge traditional tradeflows.

    With a ten-year outlook, the report states that the world's economic centre 
of gravity is shifting to Asia and that China's Belt and Road initiative is 
gathering momentum. Furthermore, China's increasing reliance on domestic 
consumption and move to technology-led manufacturing will see 100 million 
labour-intensive jobs shift to other low-cost countries. This will lead to 
accelerated manufacturing growth in for example Vietnam, Myanmar and Indonesia.

    "Global trade and trade finance are at the cusp of a digital revolution," 
said Gautam Sashittal, DMCC's Chief Executive Officer. "Just as the shipping 
container revolutionised trade in the 1950s, sweeping advance in tech will 
reshape trade and how we move goods across borders. Our research helps us all 
understand how global trade will evolve, and how we can prepare, over the next 

    An independent Commodity Trade Index 
[ ] (CTI), launched in 
conjunction with the report, benchmarks and assesses the role of ten key 
commodities hubs against ten indicators; US, Netherlands, Singapore, UK, UAE, 
Switzerland, Hong Kong, China, South Africa and Nigeria. The UAE ranks first on 
the CTI, propelled by its substantial natural resource endowment. The next 
highest ranked country on the CTI is US, followed by UK.

    The 'Future of Trade' 2018 report include four chapters:

    - The Changing Nature of Global Trade       
[ ]
     - The Impact on Digitalisation 
[ ]
     - Bridging the gap in Trade Finance       
[ ]
     - Shaping the Future of Sustainability in Trade       
[ ] 

    'The Future of Trade' [ ] report builds on 
in-depth insights from 250 industry leaders, academics and experts across 6 
leading commodity trade hubs, London, Zurich, Dubai, Singapore, Johannesburg 
and Hong Kong in partnership with Asia House, as well as quantitative global 
research by The Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr), and a global 
leading management consulting firm, Sutherland Global Services.

    Download the report at On twitter: 
@DMCCAuthority #futureoftrade.

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Source:  DMCC