Action the Kenyan Government can take on implementing Blockchain technology and Categories of activities where Blockchain technology can have the most impact/benefit

How do we get there? What actions can the government take?

1) Government leaders should get up to speed on the blockchain by understanding it first, and committing to exploring its potential.

2) Put people in charge of developing a blockchain strategy. Maybe there are employees that have been exploring it already, and they need to spread their wings and gain legitimacy with new projects.

3) Start experimenting with blockchain technology via proofs of concepts, sandboxes and small projects that do no harm.

4) Develop new and more progressive ideas that are increasingly ambitious, and touch the lives of the citizens you are serving.

5) Make a difference. Commit to introducing innovative blockchain-based solutions that cut costs and provide better or faster services to citizens.

As a government entity, what can you do with the blockchain? Generically, there are 4 categories of activity and Benefits:

1) Verification.

Licenses, proofs of records, transactions, processes, or events. Did this event take place? Was this service performed on this piece of equipment? Does this person have the right permit?

2) Movement of assets.

Transferring money from one person/entity to another. Enabling direct payments, once a work condition has been performed.

3) Ownerships.

Land registries, property titles, and any type of real estate ownership. The block chain is a perfect keeper of the chain of custody for any physical asset.

4) Identities.

Government, cities should issue block chain e-identities to its citizens, enabling them to securely use services like voting. An e-identity could become similar to a passport, allowing its holder access to a variety of services and rights.

NB: let’s hope the public sector in our country starts putting the blockchain on its agenda, so we can see a significant difference in how government services are delivered.