The programme is still being finalised and is subject to change. This is a hybrid event with some of the speakers participating virtually and some in-person in Johannesburg. This is indicated on the speakers profile.
Existing traditional identity systems are fragmented, insecure and exclusive. Blockchain technology allows more secure management and storage of digital identities by providing unified, interoperable, and tamper-proof infrastructure with several benefits to enterprises, users and management systems. What issues can digital identities solve, what challenges exist, who will take the lead in implementation of digital identities and will 2022 be the year we see greater adoption of blockchain-enabled digital identities?
Norbert will discuss how Metis is building a hub for the entire Web3 economy in 3 stages: a Layer 2 Ethereum scaling solution; no-code integration via smart contract templates, and a Decentralised Autonomous Company (DAC) infrastructure enabling both blockchain and Web2 companies to build decentralised businesses on-chain, with all the functionalities of real-world enterprises and all the advantages of blockchain technology.
The benefits of stablecoins are well-known: lower-cost, safe, real-time, and more competitive payments including connecting the unbanked or underbanked. Though still little-used for commerce, the use of stablecoins in crypto trading has grown rapidly But there are risks and recently stablecoins have come under close scrutiny. How does the future look for stablecoins and will regulation foster its growth and adoption?
Are banks innovating quickly enough to keep up with disruption from Decentralised Finance (DeFi), cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology?
The traditional correspondent banking model results in high fees for both FX and transaction costs, with settlement ranging between 1-5 days. These inefficiencies can significantly impact the end user. Digital assets are emerging as changing the game for international payments, especially in Africa. While there is some regulatory uncertainty surrounding how digital assets function in the global economy, the value add they bring to cross-border transfers is undeniable.
The Master of Ceremonies will close off Day 1 of the conference.
All delegates are invited to attend the networking event that will be hosted at the venue.
The talk will highlight the blockchain-powered healthy livestock solution developed by E-Livestock Global and launched in Zimbabwe, as the first pilot case and under rapid expansion in several other countries.
The combination of cryptocurrencies, the Pan-African Payment and Settlement System (PAPSS) and the freedom of trade offered by AfCFTA presents enormous potential for growth in the trade and logistics industry in Africa. What are the challenges and how soon could we see the benefits of these collaborations?
Herco's talk will provide a regulatory update within the context of South Africa, including central-bank specific topics and initiatives by the Bank of International Settlements (BIS) and the South African Reserve Bank (SARB). The talk will also include regulatory considerations of various countries towards stablecoins and DeFi regulation. Herco will also discuss some of the latest views from international bodies on digital money such as the BIS and the Financial Stability Board.
Increased institutional investment has been the most important component within the normalisation of cryptocurrency and will continue to play a large role in capital flows and market sentiment. While a number of companies have already invested into the space, most are still constrained by investment mandates and a lack of trusted custodial/administrative services. Will 2022 be the year institutional investment into crypto significantly increases due to clear regulatory guidelines and trusted custodial solutions?
Central banks stand at the centre of a rapid transformation of the financial sector and the payment system and as such are engaged in the development of retail and wholesale CBDCs. Nigeria recently became the first African country to launch its CBDC, the eNaira. What are the potential market structure effects, technical risks, and rights implications of a CBDCs? How will this all unfold in the future?
The Master of Ceremonies will close off the conference with a few final thoughts.