The Tanzanian government has openly invited academics and researchers to collaborate on the production of "favorable" blockchain regulations, the South African tabloid newspaper The Citizen reported on Monday, October 29th.
As part of a speech at the second annual ICT [Information and Communications Technology] 2018 Professional Conference in Dar Es Salaam, Dr. Jim Yonazi, the Permanent Deputy Secretary for Works, Transport and Communications, contacted the industry to help spread new blockchain cases in order to evaluate the appropriate regulatory moves.
"Although we (the government) can have a national blockchain committee, I challenge you too (experts) and universities to conduct in-depth research into this technology to understand its potential and challenges before full adoption," he said.
Tanzania remains pragmatic in its approach to cryptocurrency and blockchain, with the central bank of the country in a similar vein that chooses to study the phenomenon itself since last December in the effort to develop regulation.
Both ecosystems still remain in their infancy in the country, however, with sporadic innovations such as the first child "born" on the blockchain in Tanzania in the context of a project to help women highlighting the experimental nature of technology at the local level.
"The formalization of activities requires such digital products as business software, communication platforms, affordable financial services, logistics and accessible markets, easily accessible in the Blockchain [sic] platforms ", said the speaker of the ICT Anthony Kigombola quoting the Citizen.