DropChain, a Singapore start-up using blockchain technology to address the need for transparency and traceability in global food and beverage supply chains, has announced a strategic partnership with Sanya Travel Attraction Technology Accelerator (STATA).
STATA is an international platform fully sponsored by Sanya Municipal People’s Government to connect with innovative technology enterprises and start-ups globally, facilitating market entry and business development in China’s Hainan province. Under the terms of this partnership, both parties will work together closely to develop DropChain’s presence in Hainan ahead of China’s plans to establish the country’s largest Free Trade Zone in the province.
STATA will smooth the way to key local business partners and government relations, enabling DropChain to access the right networks in local markets. DropChain will also utilize STATA’s advisory services, receiving assistance on local best practices concerning business registration, trademark, and compliance.
“We are building an ecosystem that facilitates and encourages innovation and entrepreneurship, cultivating talents from around the world to lead the next wave of digital transformation. By providing industry and market entry support, along with access to capital and government resources, our enterprise partners can realize quicker penetration into Chinese markets from Hainan.”
Earlier this year in April, China’s central authority announced plans to turn Hainan Island into a pilot international free-trade zone and a free-trade port by 2025. The project is expected to result in increased government investment for many areas including tourism, commercial trade industries for logistics, IT research and development, and blockchain deployment. A booming tourist industry with over 18 million overnight visitors to Hainan in 2017 has also placed food safety as a top concern for the local government.
“The reality is that there are bad actors globally who are relentlessly compromising the integrity of products with dangerous counterfeits, many of which are harmful to public health. We are privileged to be working alongside local government entities and STATA, playing a part in navigating the transition to blockchain technology, where supply chains can discover greater transparency and traceability.”
In July, the Hainan Industrial and Commercial Administration Bureau concluded a five-month crackdown on counterfeit agricultural material, uncovering some 1000 cases of counterfeit products worth over 14 million yuan (SGD 2.8m).
“More importantly, we hope to be able to make a positive impact on Hainan’s food logistics networks,” Chan added.