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Joao Amoedo, Brazil’s presidential candidate for the Novo party, said he plans to build a “digital government” based on blockchain if elected, making the digitization of government data a facet of his political campaign.

Local media reported that during the last event led by Amoedo in the city of Goiânia on September 7, the candidate defended the creation of a digital government in Brazil where all citizen data and government systems were digitalized. He discussed other international personal identity digitalization projects that have used blockchain technology.

At the event, Amoedo reaffirmed all the benefits that could be offered to Brazilian citizens by having their data digitized and stored in a distributed system; an offer that if implemented would prevent the loss of documents and facilitate management.

The candidate has spoken openly about Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) in his Twitter profile, commenting that although he does not know the fate of cryptocurrencies in the distant future, he does believe that blockchain could be of great help to Brazilian government services.

“It is still difficult to know what the future of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies will be. However, the most interesting thing is the technology behind it: blockchain. This protocol has the capacity to generate greater security, transparency, and decentralization in both the private and public sectors”

The fact that blockchain is now a talking point for presidential candidates shows how far we have come. It will be interesting to see who wins the election and how vital a pro-blockchain stance is for a presidential platform. BNN will continue to follow this story.

Government and Ecosystem

Brazil is profiling itself to implement blockchain at various levels of government. In fact, on September 5, the creation of the Mixed Parliamentary Front of Blockchain and Digital Assets of Brazil began. This initiative has received support from the Associação Brasileira de Criptomoedas e Blockchain (ABCB).

The initiative led by Congressman Antonio Goulart, who represents the city of São Paulo and is president of the Science and Technology Commission of the Câmara dos Deputados, aims to create a regulatory framework favorable towards DLT and cryptoassets in Brazil.

Other Latin American governments are following closely behind. Mexico recently began to focus its attention once again on the development of a national blockchain that it carries out with the office of Estrategia Digital Nacional (EDN). Chile has also launched its blockchain pilot to carry out public purchases, and the government of Catalonia has focused its interest on blockchain for administrative processes.