Busan signs MOU with BDX Consortium to launch Busan Digital Asset Exchange

CoinNess Global
2 min readFeb 22, 2024

South Korea’s southeastern port city of Busan signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Wednesday with the BDX Consortium led by ITCEN GROUP, a Seoul-based tech company specializing in system integrations. This marks the beginning of the establishment of the Busan Digital Asset Exchange (BDX).

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Plans to establish BDX Corporation

Following the MOU signing, Busan and the BDX Consortium plan to join forces to set up and operate BDX successfully. The two entities are also dedicated to swiftly establishing a private entity, “BDX Corporation,” within the blockchain regulation-free zone in Busan, as part of their ambitious plan to make Busan into a global blockchain hub.

ITCEN GROUP is known to have extensive experience in trading real-world assets (RWAs) such as gold, silver and copper. Other participants of the BDX Consortium include Hana Securities, Hana Bank, OCON and Barunson, who are set to provide RWAs and intellectual properties (IP) to BDX in cooperation with ITCEN GROUP. Following the founding of BDX Corporation, the BDX Consortium is required to provide investment capital to the city of Busan until April, in accordance with its business plan.

A blockchain exchange with its own mainnet based on decentralized governance

The decentralized governance upon which BDX will operate is an independent framework capable of handling securities settlements, listing assessments and market monitoring. It also serves as an investor protection measure through its mutual check and balance system.

BDX plans to support 24/7 transactions of various assets including commodities, jewelry, IP and carbon credit, all of which will be tokenized into small units for convenient trade.

“This partnership lays the foundation for the BDX launch, which will serve as a cornerstone of the city’s plan to foster the blockchain industry. In close cooperation with local enterprises, Busan will do its best to build and operate the exchange and contribute to the city’s economic growth,” stated Park Hyeong-joon, the mayor of Busan.