Experts highlight impact of blockchain

Apr 21, 2022

Blockchain and cryptocurrency have the potential to transform economic activity, including our financial system, in ways beyond our imagination. In order to understand the potential transformative impact of cryptocurrency and blockchain,  MVIRDC World Trade Center Mumbai organised an interactive panel session on, ‘Decrypting Crypto’. The panel session was organised jointly with India’s leading financial daily Business Standard.

Speaking at this event, Mr. Ashish Anand, Founder, Whrrl remarked, “Crypto and blockchain have been the technology revolution of the decade. However, this revolution has been limited to a very small set of crypto native population. Going forward, however, we will see convergence of the real and crypto world with the help of solutions that are bridging the gap between these two worlds. Decentralised finance for real world will be one such solution connecting a vast majority of 1.70 billion un-banked or under-banked population and small businesses to a global, borderless and inter-connected financial ecosystem. This also has the potential to bridge the Rs. 30 lakh crore credit gap that Indian MSME sector faces.”

Speaking on this occasion, Mr. Gaurav Somwanshi, CEO & Co-founder, EmerTech Innovations Pvt Ltd. remarked, “With the advent of blockchain, we will see the rise of creator economy as opposed to the  aggregator economy. In a creator economy, the creator or producers of products get substantial portion of the market price, rather than aggregators or intermediaries. For the first time, we will see fair distribution of value, in art, agriculture and other fields of economic activity, regardless of domain."

Mr. Sidharth Sogani, CEO, CREBACO Global also shared his views on this subject. He said, "Cryptocurrency is borderless money for those who need it. It does not intend to replace traditional currencies but serves as an alternative for people who want to benefit from the decentralized financial system. International transactions in cryptocurrency are not dependent on the traditional SWIFT network and hence are not subject to arbitrary sanction by one country. Indian regulations must promote this ecosystem. Recently, the tax framework proposed by the Finance Ministry does not favour crypto entrepreneurs, resulting in flight of entrepreneurial talent and brain drain from India. The government should incentivise crypto growth in India to retain talent in the country. A central bank digital currency will not impact decentralised crypto currencies although they use the same underlying technology since they are fundamentally very different. ”

The panel session was moderated by Mr. Rajesh Bhayani, Senior Media Professional and it was attended by members of trade & industry, start-up enterprises and officials from various government departments.

Earlier in his welcome remarks, Mr. Firoze B. Andhyarujina, Senior Counsel, Supreme Court of India said, “Cryptocurrency and blockchain have the potential to transform our economy and financial system. As we embark on this transformation, there is a need for greater clarity on regulation and disclosure norms. Firstly, government needs to make clear whether companies and financial institutions should disclose their investment in cryptocurrencies, the way they have to disclose their investment in plant and machinery. Reserve Bank of India may bring regulatory clarity on lending to the MSME sector in the form of cryptocurrency. As cryptocurrency becomes a mainstream medium for payment and lending, there is a need for regulation on safeguards and protection to prevent fraud and unlawful activities.”

In Photo (From L-R): Mr. Anil Velde, DGM - Trade Promotion, IT and Marketing, MVIRDC WTC Mumbai, Mr. Rajesh Bhayani, Associate Editor, Business Standard, Mr. Gaurav Somwanshi, CEO & Co-founder, EmerTech Innovations Pvt Ltd., Mr. Ashish Anand, Founder, Whrrl, Mr. Sidharth Sogani, CEO, CREBACO Global, Ms. Rupa Naik, Executive Director, MVIRDC WTC Mumbai and Mr. Firoze B. Andhyarujina, Senior Counsel, Supreme Court of India.