Blockchain Technology adapted in Africa

Blockchain Technology adapted in Africa

Africa hasn't incorporated blockchain technology in their country just yet. Research suggests that the new techology could actually help solve authent

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Africa hasn’t incorporated blockchain technology in their country just yet. Research suggests that the new techology could actually help solve authentication problems in the country. Former Permanent Secretary for ICT, Dr. Bitange Ndemo, spoke at the Blockchain Workshop in Nairobi, Kenya talking about how blockchain technology could be good for African sectors. He said, “I personally think that the blockchain technology was really meant to help Africa. Our country is currently experiencing plenty of problems including fraud and corruption. Now, we have a new technology which could help solve those problems.” The workshop was organized by the Coalition of Automated Legal Applications, also known as Coala.

In his speech, Dr. Ndemo said “The main problem we’re experiencing is that Africa isn’t open to change. However, I believe that it is time to take the risk. Political will has always been a great influencer of making changes happen.” Recently, the Central Bank of Kenya has said in an interview that they view the blockchain technology as a very risky endeavor. They also cautioned the African public not to support it. Dr. Ndemo said that if only the African government would encourage its citizens not to be afraid to adopt new technologies, it would be a much smoother process for everyone.

Andela’s country director, Joshua Mwaniki, recently stated in an interview that there are approximately 18 million Javascript coders while there are only a total of 30,000 blockchain technology developers in the world. This fact doesn’t only bring worry, it also provides a big opportunity for African developers. Mwaniki said, “There is plenty of opportunities available for African developers who are willing to take the big leap. Since a lot of them are motivated by the amount of earnings they make in their careers, they’re only focused on how blockchain technology can benefit them financially. Now is the perfect time to encourage the community to give it a try while it’s still new and exciting.”

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