The Chamber of Commerce and the Digital Policy Department of the Generalitat officially announced the agreement to promote the first blockchain center in Catalonia this Wednesday at the Llotja de Mar headquarters in Barcelona. with two main objectives: promoting Distributed Ledger Technologies (DTL) through dissemination, research and development and making Catalonia a benchmark for attracting businesses and talent in the sector, as reported on its europapress website.
As part of a collaboration agreement between the Generalitat’s Digital Policy and Public Administration Department, the President of the Barcelona Chamber, Joan Canadell; the Vice President, Mónica Roca; and the Minister Jordi Puigneró, have signed a cooperation agreement to promote disruptive technologies and boost the digital economy.
As stated in the statement, The companies will undertake joint activities to raise awareness and revitalize the local ecosystem and develop strategies in which they plan to develop blockchain technology and DTLs to promote the ecosystem and the generation of new business models in connection with these areas.
The blockchain hub of Catalonia
For the time being, the new technology center will be located in the Diagonale offices where the Chamber of Commerce is located. However, it is planned to settle in a Catalan community as a sign of the decentralization of new technologies.
The Blockchain Center of Catalonia will promote advanced technologies and the digital economy to make Catalonia an international benchmark. Likewise, the development of projects in areas such as Blockchain, New Space, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Cybersecurity, ICT Plan for Women and Digital Innovation Hub (DIH) will open in Catalonia.
The activity center will be in charge of Quirze Salomó, who will take the chair and be responsible for promoting this initiative. Quirze Salomó assured that if Catalonia is a pioneer in blockchain technology, “You will enjoy competitive advantages” in the new reality in other areas. And he added that it can ensure the correctness of operations over the Internet without the need for an intermediary.
For Mónica Roca, Vice-President of the Barcelona Chamber, Digitization and especially blockchain technology preserve the freedom and privacy of citizens.
In this context, Minister Puigneró stated that this year 2020 will be a turning point and that “only those who are digitized can face the challenges of the future. It is necessary to understand that if we are not a digital country, we will not be a social country. The Blockchain Center will help and make Catalonia a digital nation.
Finally, Canadell presented the development of the lines of action of the ICT Plan for Women, in which the Chamber and Digital Policy Department will work together to promote women’s access to information technology, promote women’s entrepreneurship and improve their participation in decision-making .
Digital Innovation Hub
The agreement envisages a collaboration within the Digital Innovation Hub to create a Catalan innovation ecosystem that will “facilitate access to specialized support, digital tools and finance for companies and institutions to carry out the digital transformation in their business,” according to it the European press expresses in its article.
The digital innovation centers, Digital Innovation Hub (DIH), are non-profit organizations that offer companies – small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) – and public organizations comprehensive support services in their digital transformation. Its mission is to support companies in their digitization processes and to provide access to the latest findings and technologies. It is also a link, a door of collaboration between different regions for digital innovation, providing services such as: pre-investment testing, skills and training to get the most out of digital innovations and support in finding investments.
The DHI is one of the most important pillars of the European Commission for the digitization of European industry. Several regional partners work together in these centers, including organizations such as universities, industry associations, chambers of commerce, incubators, regional development agencies and even governments.
Catalonia blockchain strategy
Blockchain and the rest of Distributed Ledger Technologies (DTL) have increasingly roots in the business structure in Catalonia. Evidence of this is Catalonia’s blockchain strategy, approved by the government for the deployment and development of distributed ledger (DTL) technologies in the region.
The Blockchain Technology Observatory of Catalonia is part of an included actions program set out under the blockchain strategy of the region and which goes hand in hand with the Department of Digital Policy and Public Administration of the Generalitat of Catalonia, which wants to implement technology with with the aim of promoting and evaluating their use and development.
This body will identify, catalog and analyze the development trends of these technologies nationally and internationally, and also serve as a space for the exchange of conclusions, analysis and best practices, and develop a set of strategies specifically covering six areas: management, promotion, Innovation, ship Ecosystem, Talent and Regulatory Framework.
So far, the Blockchain Technology Observatory has published three success stories on the application of blockchain technology: real-time control of airline operating costs, digital asset management of video games, and a governance model with decentralized coordination.
Further evidence of the progress of the disruption of this technology in the region is some of the projects that are already underway or about to be carried out in the field of public administration, such as the revised identification system of Catalonia, the registration of consent and the improvement in waste management to ensure transparency and traceability in waste management, support with organ transplants, authorization to donate data from a patient so that he can authorize a third party to access his or her medical history; Supporting energy transmission, among other things, by promoting photovoltaic consumption.
In this context, “The Blockchain Report of Catalonia” The European Blockchain Convention highlights the implementation of new technologies in sectors such as food and logistics (to control the traceability of products that are consumed or distributed) and public administration (to improve the security of electronic voting). , Commerce, healthcare (to encrypt data), smart contracts, or energy, among others.