- Governments globally are leveraging blockchain technologies for enhanced transparency, efficiency, and economic growth.
- Various real-world applications range from Singapore’s DeFi pilot and Swiss town accepting crypto to on-chain police accountability in India and NFT diplomas in Mongolia.
In the quest for enhanced transparency, efficiency, and stimulating economic growth, public sectors worldwide are embracing blockchain technology. Pioneers range from Singapore’s DeFi endeavors to a Swiss town’s crypto embracement, from rural India’s on-chain police accountability to NFT diplomas in Mongolia, demonstrating the power and versatility of Web3 tools.
Unfolding the Power of Blockchain: Pioneering Efforts Around the Globe
In late 2022, banking giant JPMorgan stirred up the Web3 space by performing its first-ever cross-border transaction using a modified Aave on the Polygon network. This live trade, part of the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s Project Guardian, explored the economic potential of asset tokenization, striving to minimize the costs of clearing and settlement intermediaries.
A Swiss town, Lugano, plans to become Europe’s blockchain capital, announcing plans to let citizens and companies use Bitcoin, Tether, and LVGA, the city’s stablecoin, for services such as tax payments, parking tickets, public services, and student fees. Lugano aims to fuel blockchain start-ups with a 100-million Swiss franc fund and encourage local businesses with a 3-million Swiss franc fund, with Polygon protocols driving the stablecoins.
Moving to India, the Women Development and Child Welfare Department of Telangana has partnered with StaTwig to better deliver services to women and children. The partnership uses StaTwig’s supply chain management tool for real-time visibility and traceability of services including non-formal education, supplemental nutrition, vaccinations, health checks, and referral services.
In Uttarakhand, another Indian state, the local government deployed the SettleMint platform integrated with Polygon Edge to improve asset tracking in seven medical colleges. The system assists in accurate record-keeping, enhanced performance data collection, cost reduction, and proper maintenance.
To enhance transparency and combat corruption, Firozabad police in Uttar Pradesh, India, is using a blockchain to record public complaints. A pilot project by the International Road Federation and SettleMint hopes to reduce the high rate of traffic-related deaths by integrating road audits, emergency care, insurance, enforcement, and driving scores on a Web3 platform.
Meanwhile, in Mongolia, the National University of Mongolia (NUM) launched a “Meta University” where graduates receive their diplomas as Soulbound Tokens. In Maharashtra, India, the government is using the Polygon blockchain for issuing verifiable caste certificates and tracking COVID-19 test results. And in West Bengal, the New Town Kolkata Development Authority is updating its land registry with Airchains’ digital recording and tracking.
The diversity and potential of these applications underscore the transformative power of blockchain technologies in public sectors, fostering transparency, efficiency, and economic growth. As we continue to explore and experiment with blockchain’s potential, we’re laying the groundwork for an equitable future through the mass adoption of Web3.