Press release: Euro-Asia Blockchain Summit

12 January 2019

International Blockchain experts assemble in Kuala Lumpur at the largest Euro-Asia Blockchain Summit in 2019

Kuala Lumpur, 12 January | Multi-stakeholder delegations from 20 European and Asian countries, have gathered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 12 January 2019, for Euro-Asia Blockchain Summit, under the overarching theme ‘UNLEASH THE POTENTIAL: Blockchain for Sustainable Development Goals’, organised by the European Blockchain HUB (EUBC HUB).

Blockchain enthusiasts from all around the world came to hear and exchange about blockchain technology and global blockchain movement, which is lately catching attention in many industries worldwide.

The Summit is a grand final event of the Blockchain for Sustainable Development Goals Tour, which lasted for five months across different countries in Europe and Asia. The tour has brought industrial key figures and prominent blockchain-related project and founders to share their valuable knowledge with fellow enthusiasts.

It provided a world stage for local blockchain projects to be heard by influential individuals from the international blockchain industry. This allowed people from other parts of the world to learn about local projects, blockchain-related developments in other countries, and enabled them to expand their perspectives about what can be achieved with blockchain technology.

As Blaž Golob, President of EUBC HUB said, “Global blockchain adoption around the world is like a symphony it is about the culture of the people behind this organisation. And together, we harmonise as we advocate for Blockchain technology adoption; we bring capacity, and we initiate capable projects around the world.

19 countries/regions in total have been visited, where successful events, meetings, and activities were organised: Indonesia, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Spain, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, South Korea, India, Slovenia, Poland, Mauritius, and Africa.

The EUBC HUB has established a strong global presence while advocating for blockchain supporting realisation of sustainable development goals (SDGs) as envisioned by the UN’s SDGs 2030 Agenda.

We have got onboard most of the visited countries to join our global mission by signing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and establishment of Nodes in their respective countries. Today in Kuala Lumpur, all Chairs of the established Nodes signed a declaration reaffirming their commitment and dedication to the following seven key areas:

  1. Devotion to form multistakeholder partnerships and community
  2. Advocating the development of digital entrepreneurship ecosystem
  3. Assessing and contributing to the development of an international standards and smart regulations
  4. Providing capacity building through training and education
  5. Supporting the local, regional, and global research and education
  6. Supporting creation of concrete blockchain projects in line with the SDGs
  7. Reaffirming Principles of the EUBC HUB Cooperative (Concern for Community, Societal Challenge, Cooperation, Education and Skills Acquisition Training, Democratically Led Community, Equality, Independence and Autonomy).

A new MoU has been signed between Mr Alwin Tan, Chairman of Asian Blockchain HUB, Mr Blaž Golob, President of EUBC HUB, Mr Tony Lee Luen Len, Chairman of African Blockchain HUB, and Mr Rex Yeap, Chairman of the Management Board of EUBC HUB to officially appoint Mr Tadej Slapnik as the Chairman of World Blockchain HUB (WBC HUB).

Through the signing of this MoU, EUBC HUB together with its Nodes are setting the foundation to the formation of WBC HUB, which is envisioned to become the world leading HUB and consequently multi-stakeholder’s platform supporting successful development, research, and progress of blockchain technology. 

Tadej Slapnik, speaking after the signing said that, “EUBC HUB together with Asian Blockchain HUB and the emerging one – African Blockchain HUB are trying to use all technologies and knowledge that we have to connect and achieve SDGS! We will advocate and support the use and development of Blockchain, in consonant with regional and global values and principles of good governance!”

The 2019 Euro-Asia Blockchain Summit Agenda also gathered global, multi-stakeholder audience, experts in the field, and truly diverse insights about blockchain-related developments in 20 countries.

“We have good people from 20 countries here today – all who are the experts themselves, to share the truth about Blockchain technology and the blockchain development in their countries!” said Mr Rex Yeap, during his opening speech.

Yeap also continued to remind the participants, “If you want to learn about blockchain technology, this Summit is the right place to learn because we have real experts, real industry players here to share their knowledge with you. Don’t listen to rumours or learn from unknown sources. Learn from real people.”

At the 2019 Euro-Asia Blockchain Summit, three informative series of forums featuring key panellists, experts and key industry players, were the highlight of the Summit.

The forums were dedicated to particular themes in relation to blockchain:

  • Blockchain Regulatory, hosted by EUBC HUB, featuring Ms Anja Blaj (head of advocacy, EUBC HUB), Mr Ivo Grlica (founder, Nobile Law Solutions), Ms Elizabeth Siew (co-founder, lepro System Berhad), Mr Nizam Ismail (co-founder, RHT Compliance Solutions), Mr Effendy Zulkifly (co-founder, Crypto Valley Malaysia), and Mr Nejc Novak (founder, Novak Law).
  • Blockchain in Smart Cities, hosted by HIVE, featuring Mr Michael Cheah (co-founder and CEO, World of Sharing (WOS)), Mr Mark Kalin (head of Innovation Office, BTC City), Mr Lorenzo Madrid (president, Wellness Telecom), the Hon. Minister Yogida Sawmynaden (minister of technology, communication and innovation, Mauritius), and Mr Jerome C. Glenn (executive director and futurist, The Millennium Project).                                       
  • Blockchain in FinTech and Banking, hosted by EUNEX, featuring Mr Philip Ma (co-founder and CEO, YG Capital Management Limited), Mr Milan Horvat (CEO, FIMA Plus), Mr Kyan Lee (Asia sales & marketing director, EUNEX), and Mr Simon Je (founder, Hong Kong International Blockchain & Financial Association (HKIBFA)).

Among featured speakers were Mr Ice Ong (business development manager, World of Sharing (WOS)), Dr Eric Ong (founder and CEO, Relianz Chain), Mr Rayven Ling (vice president of sales and marketing, EUNEX), Mr Gregor Novak (CEO, SunContract), Mr Branimir Rakic (co-founder and CTO, OriginTrail), Mr Mark Kalin (head of innovation office, BTC City), Mr Fabian Hoong (CEO, Blockchain Master), Mr Adib Khalid (president, Agri Mind), Mr Jeffery Jiang (director, e-Sports, Alisports), Mr JJ Kong (senior sales and marketing manager, EQT).

As one of the key conclusions from the event was that blockchain is the technology for the future, and that more and more countries are coming together in support of EUBC HUB’s mission to advocate for an international adoption of Blockchain technology for SDGs.

In 2019, EUBC HUB and its Nodes will continue to bring changes with blockchain technology in order to accelerate the achievement of SDGs for the global society.

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