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Shinhan Bank joins Hedera Governing Council, to fast-track digital transformation

By Leandra Monteiro

April 14, 2021

  • Shinhan
  • South Korea
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Shinhan Bank, Hedera Governing Council, digital transformation, FinTech, South KoreaSouth Korea-based Shinhan Bank, has joined the Hedera Governing Council, the body that oversees distributed governance of the Hedera network. Shinhan Bank leverages distributed ledger technology (DLT) to drive financial innovation. In January of this year, Shinhan invested in Korea Digital Asset Custody (KDAC), an industry consortium of businesses that provide digital-asset custody service. In March, Shinhan completed a demonstration platform for central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), together with LG CNS.

Officials at Shinhan Bank said, “Our clients and partners are increasingly interested in the benefits that digital transformation can provide for improving the efficiency and security of financial systems. Hedera’s public distributed ledger in particular is uniquely suited to meet the needs of a widely-used fintech service that must be fast, fair, secure, and enable the controls and visibility required by service providers. We are excited to join the Hedera Governing Council to continue to work with leading global organizations in diverse industries on solutions that will underpin the next generation of finance.”

With the Hedera network acting as the fundamental infrastructure, Shinhan Bank is expected to increase the efficiency of its internal processes. Since 2017, Shinhan has set up various services, including Policy Loan, Pension Fund and Interest Rate Swap deals, on the Hyperledger Fabric private blockchain. Now, as a number of FinTech services begin to operate on public DLTs, Shinhan to continue building more services on the Hedera public distributed ledger.

Mance Harmon, CEO and co-founder of Hedera Hashgraph said, “We see increased interest from financial institutions and governments worldwide in DLT-based financial services for a number of reasons, including increasing the safety and efficiency of wholesale and retail payment systems, facilitating round-the-clock global settlements, enabling a cashless society, providing a more trusted system than private e-money, and helping in the financial inclusion of the bank-less population. We are thrilled that Shinhan Bank has joined the Hedera Governing Council, and look forward to working with them to be on the leading edge of the future of finance.”

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