PayCargo Americas President and CEO Lionel Van Der Walt appointed to the smart supply chain alliances Advisory Board


The alliance is part of the Florida Blockchain Foundation which uses collective supply chain business intelligence to build the infrastructure needed in the 21st Century

PayCargo President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), The Americas, Lionel van der Walt has been appointed by the Smart Supply Chain Alliance (SSCA) to its Advisory Board.

The SSCA is part of the Florida Blockchain Foundation and has a mission to use collective business intelligence to build the infrastructure of the 21st century for the logistics supply chain and create a knowledge-based economy in South Florida.

As part of his role on the Advisory Board, van der Walt will be part of a working group on payment solutions that the SSCA is forming.

“I am honored to serve on the Advisory Board of the Smart Supply Chain Alliance,” said Lionel van der Walt, President and CEO, The Americas, PayCargo.

“The alliance is an important knowledge centre for enhancing the supply chain and it will be great for PayCargo to collaborate with other stakeholders to help further develop and improve the supply chain.”

The SSCA is designed to deploy applications supported by the City of Miami, Miami International Airport, and the Port of Miami, accelerating FBF participants like Telefonica, RSK, EOS, dexFreight, ConsolFreight, Corda R3, and DNA to leverage their resources towards collective applications.

Each shares a vision of building collectively the infrastructure on which data will be shared to obtain supply chain visibility and create efficiencies between all stakeholders and new business models using a mix of Internet of Things (IoT), sensors and Artificial Intelligence (AI), amongst others.

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The SSCA is made up of members of the Foundation from across the logistics supply chain.

They include PortMiami, Miami International Airport, The Miami Dade Beacon Council Trade and Logistics Committee, The City of Miami, 10 freight forwarders, one carrier decentralized marketplace (with 170 carriers) and other supply chain stakeholders.

The SSCA runs six working groups: perishables and temperature sensitive cargo; digital assets (for shippers and vendors); sea and air cargo operations; warehouse docks and yards operations; FinTech, payment instruments and cryptocurrencies; and aviation parts – track and trace.

“The Foundation is very honored to welcome such a distinguished leader in the FinTech space as Lionel Van der Walt from PayCargo,” said Matthieu Merchadou Melki, Executive Director and Founder of the Florida Blockchain Foundation.

“We are very much looking forward to start exploring the multiple applications in the space of remittances, trade finance and cross border payments using DLT’s, IoT, FinTech and Lionel’s expertise to build the next generation of payment and financing solutions together with the members of the Smart Supply Chain Alliance.”

He said the SSCA is working on a pilot agreement with Miami Dade County, and will soon launch a new website with information on working groups and a members’ section.

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