World Mobile, together with IOG (Input Out Global), the Company behind the Cardano Blockchain, has entered into a collaboration agreement to create long-term blockchain solutions for Zanzibar and build out a blockchain hub and center that will help implement a system of a more efficient and effective governance practices to bridge the digital gap.
The collaboration positions Zanzibar as a blockchain leader by developing a tech research and development centre, as well as a hub for events, conferences, and experts who will flock to Zanzibar from all over the world.
The long-term collaboration will roll out 4 initiatives that will help create blockchain solutions in 2 phases:
- Phase 1 – Focuses on education by launching a blockchain academy, developing a joint program for students, and bringing back talent to Zanzibar. Starting in Spring 2022, the blockchain academy will hold conferences attracting experts from around the world
- Phase 2 – Creates an E-gov solution, with IOG implementing blockchain in registry systems in the form of digital identifications with traceability. The integration of back-end government systems will enable business-process automation and facilitate communication
As part of the collaboration, World Mobile Group will provide connectivity in the country with its community-owned telecoms infrastructure and hybrid cost-effective telecom networks.
Speaking about the potential for this initiative, Micky Watkins, CEO, World Mobile, said:
“Zanzibar is on its path to becoming Africa’s blockchain hub and we are thrilled to help make it a reality, sending ripple effects across the region.
Together with IOG, our efforts to connect the unconnected will enhance Zanzibar’s blue economy.”
– CEO, World Mobile
Speaking about the exciting opportunities from this collaboration, John O’Connor, Input Out Global, said:
“We are committed to Africa in the long-term, so being able to provide the tools that will turn Zanzibar into a well-developed blockchain centre is exciting.
With our blockchain implementation of registry systems, the people of Zanzibar are moving closer to a new reality that will benefit all aspects of the economy.”
– Director, African Operations, Cardano
Expressing his optimism about the potential for blockchain and the partnership with World Mobile and Cardano, Seif Said, Director General, E-Government Agency, Zanzibar, said:
“We are excited to shine a spotlight on Zanzibar’s emerging potential as the blockchain centre of the future, starting with a proposed blockchain conference hosted by our brand new blockchain academy.
With this collaboration with World Mobile and IOG we will be looking to bring back talent to Zanzibar and we are looking forward to reaping the fruits of this spectacular initiative.”
– Director General, E-Government Agency, Zanzibar
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