Colombian Government Releases Guidelines for Blockchain Projects

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  • Colombia’s Ministry of Information Technology has published a guide on integrating blockchain into projects of national interest.
  • Implementation is subject to the legal framework of the country.
  • Earlier this month, the government launched a land registry on the XRP Ledger.

More and more governments are introducing blockchain technology in projects where transparency and decentralization are important. Colombia’s Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (MINTC) has published a comprehensive guide outlining the integration of blockchain into projects aimed at solving problems at the federal and state levels.

The document, although written in Spanish, is titled “Reference Guide for the Adoption and Implementation of Projects with Blockchain Technology for the Colombian State”. It explains the basics of blockchain and the types of projects that would benefit from integrating blockchain into their services. It further clarifies that such implementations will be subject to the legal framework of the country. The document says:

A blockchain technology project in the public sector requires a detailed review of the requirements of the general challenge to be solved and the usability of the distributed database depending on the type of project.

Additionally, the ministry also hinted at some projects that were already using blockchain technology. In detail, they include RITA, a network developed by a national university that uses blockchain to secure and verify the authenticity of university degrees, and the alliance that the Bank of Colombia has signed with R3 to use Corda for different cases of regulation.

On July 1, the Colombian government launched a national land registry on a blockchain network to help citizens in need of land certificates. The project was managed by a third-party company called Peersyst Technology. On the XRP Ledger (XRPL), the government will verify digital files and records using QR codes. The project aims to speed up the issuance of land documents and deliver 100,000 certificates to landowners in a short time.

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