PayCargo president and chief executive officer of the Americas, Lionel van der Walt (pictured), has been appointed to the advisory board of the Smart Supply Chain Alliance (SSCA).

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 new role, Mr van der Walt will be part of a working group on payment solutions that the SSCA is forming.

“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,” he said.

The SSCA is made up of members across the logistics supply chain, and includes PortMiami, Miami International Airport, Miami Dade Beacon Council Trade and Logistics Committee, City of Miami, ten freight forwarders, one carrier decentralised marketplace (with 170 carriers) and other stakeholders.

It 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 honoured to welcome such a distinguished leader in the FinTech space as Lionel Van der Walt from PayCargo,” said Matthieu Merchadou Melki (pictured above, left), 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 added.

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