OCTOBER 4: WHAT HAPPENED IN BLOCKCHAIN THIS WEEK?

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Here’s what happened in blockchain in Switzerland this week. The Libra Association COO says requests to join the project are rolling in worldwide; the State Secretariat for International Finance shares its latest update on Libra; a new blockchain pilot in canton Schaffhausen; and gearing up for Crypto Finance Conference 2020.
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October 4: What happened in blockchain this week?
Here’s what happened in blockchain in Switzerland this week. The Libra Association COO says requests to join the project are rolling in worldwide; the State Secretariat for International Finance shares its latest update on Libra; a new blockchain pilot in canton Schaffhausen; and gearing up for Crypto Finance Conference 2020.

Libra Association COO: We’re not at the stage of members dropping out
Despite scrutiny, Libra Association COO Bertrand Perez told CNNMoney Switzerland in a recent interview that he’s confident about getting more members on board. “For now, the discussions we are having with the founding members are very positive and good.” He says requests to join the association are building up worldwide and hopes to add Swiss companies to that list.

Arab Bank Switzerland tests crypto waters to meet Middle East demand
Arab Bank Switzerland just opened up to crypto, making it one of the earliest to do so. The reason? Demand for crypto custody and brokerage is coming from institutional clients from the Middle East and Swiss family offices, according to CEO, Serge Robin.

September 20: What happened in blockchain this week?
Another Swiss bank opens doors to crypto; the University of St. Gallen adopts blockchain to fight academic fraud; Bank for International Settlements hosts a conference on stablecoins in Basel; and new blockchain graduates in Switzerland.

University of St. Gallen fights fake diplomas with blockchain
The University of St. Gallen is using blockchain so employers can verify if a diploma is real or fake. The new pilot project aims to issue 200 tamperproof certificates by next year, says CIO Harald Rotter. It comes amid concerns of a global rise in this type of fraud.

September 13: What happened in blockchain this week?
New stablecoin guidelines out from FINMA; Crypto Finance plans expansion to Asia Pacific; and the newly-released book “Crypto Nation Switzerland.”

FINMA, E-franc, Libra: The next chapter of crypto in Switzerland
Alexander Brunner, author of the new book “Crypto Nation Switzerland,” explains what Switzerland needs to do to remain a blockchain hub.

September 6: What happened in blockchain this week?
Here’s what happened in blockchain in Switzerland this week: Swiss National Bank chairman delivers speech on digital tokens; crypto bank SEBA aims to go live next month; and blockchain makes a mark at Swiss Digital Day.