The Fantom Foundation and the Tajik Ministry of Industry and Emerging Technologies have established a new public-private partnership to carry out various blockchain-based solutions through national IT infrastructure.

Tajikistan’s President Emomali Rahmon is seeking bold incorporation of blockchain technology into his government’s ongoing modernization efforts.

A new public-private collaboration between the Fantom Foundation and the Tajik Ministry of Industry and New Technologies will see the two carry out a variety of blockchain-based solutions through national IT infrastructure, according to an announcement from smart contract company Fantom.

The collaboration will focus on researching, developing, and implementing blockchain-enabled data-sharing, transparency, and automation solutions. As a first step, the partners will set up a research and development center to train local developers to develop blockchain-based systems. In the meantime, Fantom will extensively analyze the ministry’s internal data flows and documents and recommend ways to streamline legacy processes and potentially improve efficiency. Fantom will also investigate the possible benefit of a central bank issuing a digital currency for the country’s payments system.

The Republic of Tajikistan’s modernization program, which has been in motion since President Rahmon took office in 1994, has most recently resulted in the 2019 legislative agenda, which includes plans to expand internet access, expand technology training programs, and create dedicated agencies to oversee the digitalization of national IT infrastructure.

Jawid Sikandar, Fantom’s South Asia director, commented on the latest initiative to innovate e-government strategies through blockchain:

“Following our success in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the agreement to begin work in Tajikistan truly underscores the ways Fantom’s solutions respond to the pressing needs of growing economies. It is tremendously gratifying to know that we can play a part in helping these countries reach their developmental milestones.”

Fantom’s technology is not purely blockchain in the traditional sense but instead draws on what is known as a guided acyclic graph, or DAG, technology. DAG-based protocols allow asynchronous transaction confirmation, which means that network participants do not need to form a single queue for block space, as they would in a traditional blockchain. Conflux, Hedera Hashgraph, IOTA, and Nano are all blockchain companies that use DAG protocols and their ability to enable higher transaction throughput.

Previously, Fantom signed a memorandum of understanding with the Pakistan Punjab Prisons Department to formalize blockchain-based software deployments in Central Asia and South Asia. In addition, the company continues to partner with Afghanistan’s Ministry of Health, including on a blockchain-based product to prevent the spread of counterfeit pharmaceuticals.

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