Chainlink + Swift: Bringing traditional banking onto the blockchain

Global bank messaging system SWIFT has partnered with decentralized oracle network provider Chainlink to conduct experiments exploring the integration of major financial institutions with blockchains. The tests will leverage Chainlink’s technology to enable value transfer between private blockchains, between private blockchains and public blockchains like Ethereum, and between two public blockchains. By building on existing infrastructure, the aim is to reduce costs and complexity associated with blockchain interactions. Participants in the testing include Citi, BNP Paribas, and BNY Mellon, with results expected to be published later this year. If successful, the collaboration could accelerate the flow of value from banks into public chains, potentially increasing the global market cap of the industry. The partnership comes amidst increasing regulatory scrutiny of crypto exchanges, but interest from traditional finance giants remains strong.

What is CCIP?

CCIP stands for Chainlink Community Improvement Proposal. It is a process within the Chainlink ecosystem that allows community members to propose and discuss improvements, changes, or new features for the Chainlink network. Similar to other governance mechanisms, CCIPs provide a structured way for the Chainlink community to collaborate, contribute ideas, and make decisions collectively.

CCIPs are designed to be open, transparent, and community-driven. They enable stakeholders to present their proposals, gather feedback, and refine their ideas based on community input. The CCIP process helps ensure that changes to the Chainlink protocol align with the interests and needs of the community.

What is Swift?

SWIFT, short for the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, is a global messaging network used by financial institutions worldwide for secure and standardized communication. It provides a platform for banks, financial organizations, and other participants to exchange financial information and instructions securely and reliably.

SWIFT acts as a trusted intermediary, enabling the transmission of payment instructions, trade transactions, securities, and other financial messages between different banks and financial entities. It offers a standardized messaging format that ensures interoperability and facilitates efficient communication between institutions.

The network handles a vast amount of financial messaging each day, facilitating various types of transactions, including international payments, foreign exchange, trade finance, securities trading, and more. SWIFT codes, also known as Bank Identifier Codes (BICs), are used to identify specific financial institutions participating in the network.

SWIFT plays a crucial role in facilitating global financial transactions, promoting standardization, security, and reliability in the messaging infrastructure for the financial industry.

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