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Italy onboards Algorand for bank and insurance guarantees

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Italy onboards Algorand for bank and insurance guarantees

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Blockchain layer-1 platform The Italian banking and insurance industries will adopt an “innovative digital guarantees platform,” which will be supported by the public blockchain Algorand.

Early 2023 is when the platform supported by Algorand is anticipated to debut. This is the first time a member state of the European Union would deploy blockchain technology for bank and insurance guarantees, according to Algorand’s announcement on 13 December.

When a borrower fails on a loan, a lending institution provides a bank guarantee, guaranteeing that the loss will be covered. It serves as an alternative to giving a supplier or vendor a security bond or deposit. Similar, but provided by an insurance company rather than a bank, is an insurance guarantee.

A broader initiative by the EU

The action is a part of a larger “EU Recovery Plan” program, under which Italy received over 200 billion euros from the EU. The initiative was created to aid in the rehabilitation of the economy after the COVID-19 crisis. Italy received the greatest allocation of any nation, which was designated for use in co-grants and co-loans.

“It’s expected that a significant percentage of bank and insurance guarantees will leverage digital ledger technologies as part of Italy’s National Recovery and Resilience Plan,” according to the press release.

Blockchain technology, according to Algorand, is best suited for the “digital sureties” platform due to its quick, effective, affordable, and scalable data transactions as well as its capacity to protect against fraud.

The team behind it

The Research Center on Technologies, Innovation, and Finance of the Catholic University of Milan (CETIF) is developing the blockchain-backed digital sureties platform as part of Italy’s National Recovery and Resilience Plan, an initiative aimed at accelerating Italy’s economic recovery following the COVID-19 crisis.

Algorand was chosen, according to CETIF professor Federico Rajola, because of its “unparalleled level of innovation” in comparison to other permissionless digital ledger technologies and its “leadership in sustainability.” In this regard, the professor stated,

“Our goal is to help Italy not only recover from the economic impact of Covid-19 but also excel through innovation and leadership […] We believe these platforms can and will dramatically contribute to the country’s competitive sustainability for the benefit of all.”

Algorand’s performance

Algorand received a bearish rating during the previous five days according to the InvestorsObserver Sentiment Score. The Sentiment Score evaluates Algorand’s performance over the last five days in terms of volume and price changes.

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Saman Waris works as a News Editor at AMBCrypto. She has always been fascinated by how the tides of finance and technology shape communities across demographics. Cryptocurrencies are of particular interest to Saman, with much of her writing centered around understanding how ideas like Momentum and Greater Fool theories apply to altcoins, specifically, memecoins. A graduate in history, Saman worked the sports beat before diving into crypto. Prior to joining AMBCrypto 2 years ago, Saman was a News Editor at Sportskeeda. This was preceded by her stint as Editor-in-Chief at EssentiallySports.
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