The BENEFIT Company launches first Blockchain Based National EKYC platform in the region with its technology partner Avanza Innovations
The Benefit Company Bahrain has launched the first ever production grade eKYC blockchain implementation in the region in collaboration with IGA and Avanza as technology partner. Avanza is proud to implement the first blockchain eKYC project in the region harnessing CIPHER- Avanza’s Blockchain Orchestration Platform.
“CIPHER is Avanza’s Blockchain Orchestration and Governance Platform which enables blockchain implementation for enterprises in a fast and scalable manner. The availability of ready-made microservices and components in CIPHER make it easy to kick start enterprise blockchain implementations with inherent scalability.”
Avanza’s Cipher along with Hyperledger Fabric 2.2 with AWS Deployment is used in Bahrain to store all KYC data across financial institutions and Gov. Entities and share the data across financial institutions and other network participants with customer’s consent.
The eKYC implementation over blockchain enables participants privacy and inculcate efficiency in verifying KYC data. The platform also facilitates a tamper-proof encrypted master record of KYC data by Benefit Bahrain on blockchain. The implementation enables a paperless ecosystem in these challenging times of Covid to transform electronic payments systems through disruptive technology.
MR. KHALID AL HAMAD, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF BANKING SUPERVISION AT THE CBB SAID
The CBB urges all licensed financial institutions to avail of this innovative and streamlined service and accelerate its efforts towards automating the maintenance of its customer data and reputation records, by implementing eKYC API integration with their core systems, digital channels and mobile apps. We continue to support technological advancement in the sector to minimize cost while also fostering innovation and integration between financial institutions and fintech companies. This is also in line with the CBB’s continuous efforts in developing the financial sector infrastructure in light of the Covid-19 repercussions to ensure appropriate solutions for electronic payment systems.
The Vice Chairman of eTransformation in the Information & eGovernment Authority (iGA), Dr.Zakareya Ahmed Alkhaja, confirmed that iGA supports “BENEFIT” for the technical advancements in the financial sector in the region. He pointed out that the authority has started providing the identity verification services in the government with a vision of providing customers ownership of their data and sharing the information with ease. He expressed his pride in the first ever eKYC project on blockchain that will further contribute towards the economic and commercial growth in the region.
“It gives us great pleasure to continue developing the eKYC platform in an effort to drive digital transformation in the Kingdom’s various sectors. We have succeeded in enabling the integration of this digital platform into core banking systems and smart phone applications, and we are pleased to announce that Bahrain Islamic Bank has successfully integrated this platform into its core banking services system, while “ila” Bank offers customer on-boarding in a completely digital and autonomous manner through its mobile app, both based on eKYC API integration. We look forward to the use of eKYC services on a larger scale during the coming period.”Abdulwahid Janahi, BENEFIT’s Chief Executive Officer
“Avanza has been enabling and empowering governments across multiple regions to embrace the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) through digital government transformation and smart city platforms – and through nascent technologies such as Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. We are very happy that BENEFIT BAHRAIN has provided Avanza the opportunity to implement Bahrain’s first production-grade eKYC blockchain solution. We hope to replicate this success in many other verticals and regions within Bahrain.”Waqas Mirza, CEO, Avanza Innovations
Avanza Innovations CEO Waqas Mirza features in “Top 25 Blockchain CEOs of 2020” by Technology Innovators Magazine
Waqas has been at the helm of Blockchain technology since 2017 and has steered Avanza Innovations to become undisputed market leader in Production Grade Blockchain Implementations in the region.
Keeping in mind the invaluable role Blockchain technology holds in our modern world, and the innovation it will continue to drive in the years to come, global technology magazine Technology Innovators has honored 25 executives from all over the world by including them in its 2020 edition of Top 25 Blockchain Technology CEOS. Part of this exclusive club of visionaries and technologists is Waqas Mirza.
Waqas also spearheaded major strategy and technical shifts across Avanza’s portfolio of products and services, most notably the company’s move to using Artifical Intelligence in addressing real-world problems. During Gitex1 2020, Avanza revealed the first of a kind Emirate-wide AI-powered sentiment analysis platform built for the Digital Ajman Government. The system will roll out across all Ajman Government entities in 2021.
Waqas also mentioned that Cipher is a platform agnostic solution that will enable organizations to adopt Blockchain technology at ease.
“Cipher is an overarching and comprehensive framework that enables organizations to launch blockchain solutions much faster and also provides a solid architectural base for future blockchain implementations,”Waqas Mirza, CEO – Avanza Innovations