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Azerbaijan Plans to Adopt Blockchain-Based Digital ID System In 2020

The Republic of Azerbaijan is planning to complete a project of blockchain-based digital identification system by the end of 2019.

On November 6, it has been reported by Trend News, a local News Agency that Farid Osmanov, the Director of the Information Technology Department at the Central Bank of Azerbaijan (CBA), says that the new system will be adopted in the first quarter of 2020.

The Republic of Azerbaijan plans to implement its blockchain digital ID system in Q1 2020…Read more: — webnow (@webnowcompany) November 6, 2019

According to the report, the CBA executive introduced the plans speaking at the fourth International Banking Forum. Likewise, Osmanov reportedly highlighted that the system’s prospects in terms of security of personal data transferred to credit organizations as well as processing the majority of operations remotely.

However, the representative noted that at the initial stage, the remote accounts will be opened for legal entities and individuals.

The official said that at the final stage, the project targets the inclusion of other banking services and automation of fund monitoring systems preventing terrorism financing and money laundering.

Osmanov pointed out that the direct result of the system’s adoption will be the “transition of the CBA to open banking.”

As the capital of Azerbaijan is Baku, the International Banking Forum is a major financial and banking event in the region. The conference is carried out with the support of the CBA, the Financial Market Supervisory Authority and the Center for Analysis of Economic Reforms and Communications.

However, blockchain-powered identification has been on the tech roadmap of Azerbaijan since 2018, with the local government enacting the “State Program on Expansion of Digital Payments for 2018-2020” for coordinating technological advancements in digital banking.

As it has been reported, the CBA did not have plans to issue a central bank digital currency as of November 2018.

Thus, in May 2018, the country’s Taxes Ministry stated that revenue from crypto-to-fiat transactions will be subject to taxation in Azerbaijan.

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