The 4th Australian Regional Development Conference will be held at Novotel Coffs Harbour Pacific Bay Resort from Monday 11 – Tuesday 12 September 2017.
Mr Warwick Powell, Chairman for Sister City Partners Limited will be at this year’s Conference, presenting “Agtech meets Fintech: blockchain and supply chains to revitalise agribusiness”.
Who would have imagined that bitcoin’s foundations could find their way to helping the transformation of regional economies? Developments in blockchain technologies provide opportunities to re-engineer diverse and complex supply chains. In doing so, questions of provenance can be better addressed, driving place-based value in end products. Importantly too, financial re-engineering becomes possible, resulting in greater financing efficiency, better risk allocation, security of payment and over time fairer and more effective cross-generational succession.
Sister City Partners – and its subsidiary entities – have been at the forefront of collaborative development of applied blockchain technologies in a number of supply chains, including the production of beef. Our case studies show how leading edge technologies can be aligned to add value to traditional activities and drive value in a consumer-centric world.
Our design and development work has emerged out of an interest and desire to rebuild the foundations of a viable “agriculture of the middle” in regional Queensland, and have led us to becoming a founding industry partner in the CRC for Food Agility. In that context, we have begun to bridge the worlds of fintech and agtech, where data is the lingua franca.
The 2017 Conference will focus on issues surrounding the Economy, Planning, Environment and Community Development while considering the “State of the Regions Report” which called for support of regional economic development through diverse infrastructure investments determined by regional priorities in partnership with Local Government.