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

The SSCA is part of the Florida Blockchain Foundation. Its mission is to use collective business intelligence to build the supply chain infrastructure of the future. By sharing data, the industry can achieve better supply chain visibility, efficiencies between all stakeholders and new business models using IoT, sensors and AI.

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

“I am honoured to serve on the Advisory Board of the Smart Supply Chain Alliance,” van der Walt commented. “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 comprised of Florida Blockchain Foundation members from across the logistics supply chain, including Miami International airport, The Miami Dade Beacon Council Trade and Logistics Committee, ten freight forwarders and other supply chain 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.

Commenting on Van der Walt’s appointment, Matthieu Merchadou Melki, Executive Director and Founder of the Florida Blockchain Foundation, said: “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 that the SSCA is working on a pilot agreement with Miami Dade County.