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Blockchain Academic Certificates to be issued in 16 countries in the Caribbean region

The story:

The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) has announced that it will issue blockchain-based academic certificates starting October 31, alongside the traditional paper-based certificates, to 24,000 candidates who sat their exams in May and June this year.

Details:

The e-certificates will be received via the free and open-source Blockcerts Wallet that is not only used for storing and sharing, but also verifying the performance of candidates in examinations administered by the CXC.

Currently, the examining body offers educational certifications to 16 English-speaking countries and territories in the Caribbean region, namely Barbados, Jamaica, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Trinidad & Tobago, Belize, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Guyana, and Turks & Caicos Islands.

Why it is important:

By issuing the educational certifications as Blockcerts, the examining body is safeguarding against loss in the event of natural disasters, occurring in the region quite often. It will also be faster and more convenient for other institutions and employers seeking to verify a candidate’s qualifications.

Azerbaijan to implement blockchain, smart contracts in utilities and housing

The story:

Azerbaijan is planning to use blockchain and smart contracts in the country’s legal system and housing sector.

Details:

In the framework of the five-year economic plan, the authorities seek to expand the use of this technology as part of a “digital transformation”. Thus, the Central Bank of Azerbaijan (CBA) will cooperate with IBM to introduce the blockchain into state services.

Why it is important:

The switch-over of existing contracts of citizens for utility services to smart contracts will ensure transparency and will allow suppressing the cases of falsification in this area. The citizens themselves will be able to independently control all these processes.

A Cryptocurrency millionaire to build Blockchain smart city in Nevada

The story:

Jeffry Berns, CEO of Blockchains, LLC is moving ahead to build an enormous smart city in Nevada, in which Blockchain technology will drive all interactions.

Details:

To build this high-tech city, Jeffry Berns bought 67,000 acres of desert land in northern Nevada for $170 million in 2018.

The planned city will encompass, among other projects, a highly-secured, high-tech park that joins blockchain technology with artificial intelligence (AI), 3D printing and nanotechnology; residential units that will provide a new living environment to thousands; and various financial, business and retail concepts that will take advantage of emerging technologies.

Why it is important:

The company offers a number of advantages to the industry, including granting places for developers and attractive tax opportunities for investors. According to Burns’s statement, Blockchains LLC has bought two decommissioned military bunkers in different parts of the United States to ensure the safe storage of digital assets.

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