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Cambodia to host major blockchain summit

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Cambodia will host a major blockchain summit early next year that is expected to draw hundreds of local and international participants.

BlockCambodia will be held in Phnom Penh on Jan 9. The exact venue for the event has yet to be announced.

Blackarrow Conferences, an international event organiser, is in charge of the event in partnership with PLMP Fintech, WSGP Asia Investment Co Ltd, and dClinic.

A local executive with close ties to PLMP Fintech, who declined to be named, confirmed that preparations for the event are ongoing.

“We are working hard to organise it. We are still finalising some details. We are confident that it will be successful in light of the greater interest on blockchain and its applications,” he said.

On its website, Blackarrow Conferences said the event will revolve around the adoption and integration of blockchain technology in Cambodia.

Blockchain is a record-keeping technology useful for many practical and industrial applications, including in setting up smart cities and digital payment systems.

“Though many countries have been using blockchain to develop and operate platforms for industries, Cambodia has yet to see a boom in the blockchain industry. But with the latest discussions within the highest circles, all eyes are on Cambodia’s digital economy in light of the Industry 4.0,” it said.

“Blockchain can be valuable for Cambodia and how the business of trust is about to be disrupted with the advent of blockchain technology,” it added.

A long list of experts and leaders in blockchain technology from Cambodia and abroad will be speaking at the event. These include Peter Lim, chairman of PLMP Fintech; Richard Satur, CEO of dClinic; Solinn Lim, country director of Oxfam Cambodia; Margaux Papasian, Asia-Pacific manager of Blockchain Studio; Andries De Vos, CEO of Slash; Giacomo Arcaro, co-founder of Blackchain International; and Matthew Tippetts, CEO of Click.

They will discuss a wide range of topics, including the status of blockchain in Cambodia, the evolution of the technology, blockchain decentralized ledgers, deploying blockchain in payment systems, the use of blockchain in smart cities, logistics, and healthcare, and using blockchain for decentralised secure transactions.

Organisers are expecting between 100 and 500 delegates from the Kingdom and other countries to attend the event. Among those expected to attend are key ministers and government officials, blockchain technology companies, institutional investors, venture capitalists, and professionals connected to the banking, insurance, security, logistics, and IT sectors.

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