Absa Bank, the South African subsidiary of Barclays Africa Group, has joined the R3 blockchain consortium representing over fifty major corporations from around the world. Absa will also be working towards developing a collaborative working group with other South African banks to develop the African continent’s first distributed ledger-based banking solution.
“The addition of Absa marks another significant milestone for R3 as we continue to expand the global presence
of our consortium. Africa is a key market for us and we look forward to collaborating with Absa to develop distributed and shared ledger technologies that have the potential to revolutionise the infrastructure across global financial markets,” says David Rutter, CEO of R3.
Andrew Baker, CIO for Corporate and Investment Banking at Barclays Africa, says: “We see huge potential for financial institutions in Africa to embrace disruptive technologies like blockchain, and use them to empower individuals and improve the lives of their customers. However, its true value will only be realised if we work together to co-develop and share solutions to common problems.
R3 has made significant breakthroughs in this field to explore and test how the technology can be best adopted by financial institutions, and we believe widespread adoption will happen quickly. Change is currently focused on disruptive innovation but will become more mainstream as industry alliances such as R3 and regulatory acceptance grows.