Dubai Blink Pioneers The Future of Global Trade, Nigeria’s Ibom Deep Seaport Should Follow

Dubai Blink Pioneers The Future of Global Trade, Nigeria’s Ibom Deep Seaport Should Follow

By Nnamdi Odumody

Dubai Airport Free Zone is an ideal platform which offers individuals the opportunity to start businesses in the UAE and provides a business friendly environment with exceptional technological facilities.

The Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority in 2018 announced the development of Dubai Blink, the world’s first B2B Smart Commerce Platform which will leverage artificial intelligence, blockchain technology and virtual business licenses allowing companies from across the world to connect and trade via Dubai. Through new trade platforms for global free zone companies, it hopes to reshape the future of global supply chains. It will allow global companies and small businesses to virtually set up digital businesses in Dubai Free Zones.

The Smart Commerce project is an innovation which will redesign the future of global supply chains and E-Commerce encouraging trade growth for companies in the UAE.

The Emirate of Dubai is sparing no effort to make the city the business hub of the world ahead of Hong Kong, London, New York, Shanghai, and Singapore. While countries across the globe are putting reforms in place to open up to the global investment community, some African countries whose leaders are not forward thinking are enacting laws and other initiatives to scare away foreign investors from their shores. The integration of artificial intelligence and blockchain will enable intelligent, real time trading round the clock in a decentralized platform which is part of its Smart Dubai Initiative to eliminate paper based transactions by adopting technology driven processes in businesses, government ministries, departments and agencies by the year 2021, creating a smart happy city for its citizens and other residents alike as well as a digital economy driven by innovation and technology.

Through holistic solutions Dubai Blink will accelerate its trade in free zone, helping companies search for services and make online purchases via combined platforms using artificial intelligence and blockchain. It will solve two common problems, identification as AI algorithms will provide customized results lengthy supplier identification and validation processes quicker and accurate than human efforts.

The second problem which revolves around transactions as international trade barriers, regulations and transaction fees add unwanted complications to B2B Commerce, therefore the combination of free zone set ups, AI & Blockchain will help reduce cross border transactions and time.

Dubai Blink will also offer companies a Cloud Trading license which is a virtual business license, allowing them to explore commercial opportunities in Dubai without a physical copy of the license. The project will unlock connections, assets, goods and services for business in the UAE.

Dubai has once again pioneered the road ahead.

Ibom Deep Seaport

Nigeria’s planned Ibom Deep Seaport should emulate the Dubai Blink as it is being worked out. The nation needs to build a top-grade deep seaport since the one we have in Lagos is largely a 20st century infrastructure.  By investing on Ibom Deep Seaport, Nigeria will unlock more economic opportunities in the south east and south-south regions of the nation.

The much anticipated $2 billion Ibom Deep Seaport project is closer to actualisation, following the opening of the bid process in Lagos recently.

Of the three firms shortlisted for the bid process, Bollore & China Power and China Harbour Engineering Company are still interested while the third firm, China Road Breach Corporation (CRBC) has reportedly withdrawn from the process, The Nation learnt.

The Akwa Ibom State governor, Emmanuel Udom, while thanking the Ministerial Project Development Steering Committee (MPDSC), the body midwifing the project, explained that the project is very “dear to us.”

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