The Italian government has announced the names of 30 experts brought together to set up modalities for the nation’s blockchain strategy.
The list was published by the Ministry of Economic Development on Thursday, revealing a pool of expertise across areas such as business, academic research, computer science and law – of course, all with knowledge and experience of blockchain tech.
Some of the notable individuals appointed include Angiolini Giorgio, head of marketing portfolio at a telecoms firm Italtel and also a member of UN INFO’s blockchain group; Monaco Marco, leader of the blockchain competence center at PWC Italy; Pimpinella Martino Maurizio, president of the Italian Association of Paying Services Providers; and Vitale Marco, president of blockchain firm Quadrans Foundation.
It would be recalled that the ministry first made the call to set up the group in September, noting that the country’s fundamental priority is to “know, deepen and address the issue of distributed ledger technologies (DLT) and blockchain, as well as increase public and private investments in this direction.”
According to the report, the group will be working to identify possible uses of blockchain technology and its application in public and private services.
Luigi Di Maio, Italy’s deputy prime minister, commented at the time: “Emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and blockchain are destined to radically change our lives, the society in which we live and the economic and productive fabric of the country. We have to decide which way to go.”
However, in early December, Italy signed a joint declaration along with another six southern European Union states saying it would take the lead on blockchain in a bid to transform its economy.