A “Blockchain Taskforce” is the proposal of Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann. To make the Swiss country a more crypto-friendly nation.
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“Full confidence in the future of blockchain“. This was stated by Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann at yesterday’s Crypto Valley Conference in Berne.
“In the coming years, we must make sure that ever more people are familiar with the technologies of digitalisation, know them and are able to use them. Nobody doubts anymore that blockchain technology will penetrate our entire economy and that is why we will need to strengthen our technological skills“.
In fact, in future societies, the new technology will be fundamental in many fields, both economic and technological. His intention? Allow Switzerland to become an even more crypto-friendly nation in a short time, through a kind of Blockchain Task Force headed by Finance Minister Ueli Maurer.
His idea is to implement competence at the basic levels of the education system as well:
“We need to put even greater emphasis on digitalisation and technology in schools. We need more IT specialists (not to mention Blockchain experts). And we need more research projects and professorships in this field.“
On this basis, Johann N. Schneider-Ammann added:
“The fact that Switzerland is today a global leader in high-tech industries and in pharmaceuticals is seen as normal. It is easy to forget that these sectors too once started out with previously unknown technologies and services. Like Blockchain is doing today. No-one really knows if some of the rather hopeful growth forecasts for blockchain-based services and products will actually materialise. But hardly anyone still doubts that blockchain will penetrate our entire economy. What is clear is that we currently know far too little about the new technologies, their potential and their risks.”
“But let us not forget that we must reach a wider audience. We have to allay their fears of the technological future. More than that, we must inspire them and convince them of the opportunities. The decisive factor here is education and research. The Swiss scientist Jacques Dubochet, who won the Nobel Prize for chemistry last year, said: “Understanding is my way of not being afraid.”
A first step has actually already been taken since Switzerland boasts not only the Crypto Valley in Zug but also a number of fiscal policies based on an open approach to virtual currencies and the use of blockchain in everyday life.
The last example is from a few weeks ago when the Zurich administration confirmed the first municipal vote on blockchain to be held in the summer.