Davos 2024: The first of the first at Davos
We kicked off the first day in Davos during the World Economic Forum (WEF) with the first day of the inaugural Crypto2030! It is an honor to be a 2024 Edition Sponsor and unite with many important organizations from all over the world to advance the Web3 space. Especially during the WEF. A gathering attended by thousands from governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and leading businesses and technology firms with more than 200 sessions and countless meetings.
Let’s dive into the first day’s blockchain-related themes.
- Decentralized Finance
Regulations everywhere are on the rise. Panelists today covered the landscape and what the future has in store. Discussions touched on Europe’s recent Markets in Crypto-Assets Regulation (MiCA), and actions by supervisory and governing bodies like Singapore’s Monetary Authority (MAS), Switzerland’s Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA), and the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). In short, key infrastructure, such ours, will be key in increasing security, privacy and transparency for all market participants alike.
Taking in the decentralized finance (DeFi) ecosystem in its entirety was also prominent. This developing ecosystem can increase trust and reliability, something close to our hearts at Partisia Blockchain and, coincidentally, a key theme of the WEF – “Rebuilding trust”. Participants discussed everything from liquidity and risk management, lending protocols, derivatives, and how DeFi is disrupting traditional finance. The feeling was that trustless technology might be one of the solutions to regain trust.
The third theme was tokenization, which has the potential to transform the financial landscape as it can be applied to a range of assets. At the center of this is blockchain technology, which drastically simplifies the process of issuing securities. Participants demystified tokenization, telling how tangible assets can be tokenized, ownership proved and the benefits of immutable records.
We also had a very productive day speaking to leaders and we attended an engaging WEF session on the role of openness in science while taking on questions of trustworthiness and bias. From the discussions, we were further convinced the key role blockchain infrastructure can not only play in boosting trust, but in supporting science’s core tenants of reproducibility and collaboration.