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Ripple gets closer to conquer the remittance sector as Saudi NCB partners with it

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We can all agree with the fact that Ripple is highly recognized as a cross-border payment solution for financial institutions from all around the world, a field in which the company has been putting the most significant efforts to become the leader of the remittance services at a worldwide level.

In this sense, Ripple has managed to build several relationships of extreme importance with some of the most reputed institutions in the financial landscape such as Banco de Santander, American Express, Western Union, and others. However, the path is long, and still, there’s so much to make for Ripple to achieve its vision.

With relation to this, on September 13th the company made an important announcement that may bring it closer to its goal.

A strategic alliance has been sealed with nothing but the National Commercial Bank (NCB) of the Kingdom Saudi Arabia (KSA), one of the biggest markets for remittance services in the whole world. Let’s take a look at all of the details of the integration of the NCB to the Ripple net and how will this boost the company towards succeeding on its vision.

A big remittance market

As mentioned above the Kingdom Saudi Arabia remittance market is one of the biggest around the world, so the latest partnership represents an incredible win for Ripple that now is getting closer to conquer the sector.

According to data obtained from the world bank, 308 million dollars entered the country, and 37 billion dollars were sent outside in remittances just in the year of 2016; so we can have an idea of how big the market is and the heights that it could have at the moment.

About this, the main reason for the incredibly high flux of remittances being sent outside the country is that the KSA is one of the most significant labor markets in the world, meaning millions of people from different parts of the planet work there and send money back home to their families.

Just in 2017, 11 million workers from more than 100 different countries and regions were working in the KSA and using domestic financial services to send their money home. In this sense, Ripple states that “both large corporates and small to medium enterprises (SMEs) are responsible for significant payment volume.”

The NCB is the largest financial institution in the middle east to manage digital assets, the organization was founded back in 1953 and operates 512 branches across the KSA with more than 3 million customers.

The partnership with Ripple comes after the conclusion of a pilot programme developed by the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) which signed an agreement back in February with Ripple, specifically for the xCurrent solution that the company offers.

The agreement was to “help banks in the KSA improve their payments infrastructure using xCurrent.” In this sense, the product would be used “to instantly settle payments sent into and out of the country, with greater transparency and lower costs.”

In relation to this, the Ripple’s Infrastructure Innovation Global Head, Dilip Rao, stated that,

“Central banks around the world are leaning into blockchain technology in recognition of how it can transform cross-border payments, resulting in lower barriers to trade and commerce for both corporates and consumers. SAMA is leading the charge as the first central bank to provide resources to domestic banks that want to enable instant payments using Ripple’s innovative blockchain solution.”

Conclusion

The National Commercial Bank of the KSA will start to function on the Ripple net at the end of the fourth quarter of the year, a moment in which it will be able to make transactions with a bunch of other institutions already transacting on the Ripple net.

The partnership will allow NCB users to enjoy faster, more transparent, and cheaper cross-border payment transactions. The first connections will be with financial institutions in North America and Asia, starting with Singapore for the latter one.

Without any doubt, this represents a massive step for Ripple in the domination path of the remittance sector. Even though the Ripple NCB partnership is still in the testing phase, but as things look, we call be sure that by the end of the year we will hear about the milestones of the partnership. And luckily for XRP fans, this might influence as well the price of the XRP token. So stay tuned.

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XNO Token of Xeno NFT Hub listed on Bithumb Korea Exchange

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Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 25th January, 2021, // ChainWire //

Xeno Holdings Limited (xno.live ), a blockchain solutions company based in Hong Kong, has announced the listing of its ecosystem utility token XNO on the ‘Bithumb Korea’ cryptocurrency exchange on January 21st 2021.

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The Xeno NFT Hub project team includes former members of the technology project Yosemite X based in San Francisco and professionals such as Gabby Dizon who is a games industry expert and NFT space influencer based in Southeast Asia.

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NFTs are already being actively traded in markets globally. For…

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Should Crypto Projects Devote Resources to Community Growth and Marketing?

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2020 has been an incredible year for crypto as investors have generated windfall profits and crypto projects have seen their businesses gain the spotlight they’ve been looking for.  While Bitcoin has received most of the attention after major institutional investors announced they were accumulating the increasingly scarce asset, many altcoins have also seen their fair share of glory.  When looking at all the big winners of the past year, the first project that probably comes to mind is Chainlink, having appreciated by more than 550% YTD and now valued at over $4.5 billion.  But, the actual biggest winner of the year is HEX with a YTD return of over 5,000%.

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XENO starts VIP NFT trading service and collaborates with contemporary artist Hiro Yamagata

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Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 24th December, 2020, // ChainWire //

The XENO NFT Hub (https://xno.live) will provide a crypto-powered digital items and collectables trading platform allowing users to create, buy, and sell NFTs. Additionally it will support auction based listings, governance and voting mechanisms, trade history tracking, user rating and other advanced features.

As a first step towards its fully comprehensive service, XENO NFT Hub launched a recent VIP service to select users and early adopters in December 2020 with plans for a full Public Beta to open in June 2021. 

“NFTs are extremely flexible in their usage, from digital event tickets to artwork, and while NFTs have a very wide spectrum of uses and categories XENO will initially focus its partnership efforts and its own item curation on three primary areas: gaming, sports & entertainment, and collectibles.”, said XENO NFT Hub president Anthony Di Franco.

He also added “This does not mean we will prohibit other types of NFTs from our ecosystem However, it simply means that XENO’s efforts as a company will be targeted into these verticals initially as a cohesive business approach.”

Development and Procurement Lead, Gabby Dizon explained, “Despite our initial focus, we found ourselves with a unique opportunity to host some of the works of Mr. Hiro Yamagata. We are collaborating with Japanese artist Hiro Yamagata to enshrine some of his artwork into NFTs.”

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