Rwanda Government's Blockchain Project Gains Momentum

The Rwanda government's blockchain project is gaining momentum as one of its key partners, WISeKey International Holding Ltd (WISeKey), announced their collaboration with Microsoft for the project. The Rwandan Blockchain project was launched earlier in 2017 in partnership with WISeKey's Blockchain Centre of Excellence in Kigali.

The main aim of the project is to be the key driver of Rwanda's digital transformation.

"We are delighted to form this new partnership with Microsoft by combining our technology to provide trusted blockchain solutions. This will cover technology gaps in the private and public blockchain infrastructure for enterprise and governmental projects, facilitate secure transactions and also verify the identity of the parties participating in these transactions," said Carlos Moreira, Founder and CEO at WISeKey.

The first phase of the Rwanda Blockchain project will see the Rwanda Land Registry digitized to ensure control of authenticity. This will use WISeKey's WiseID suite of mobile applications and digitally store necessary the necessary land registry data to enable authenticity of identification and the validation of assets. All this will be done also using Microsoft Azure to ensure that all personal data is protected and secured.

"Microsoft is proud to be WISeKey's technology partner of choice. We trust this solution will bring the Rwandan government and its private sector closer to realising the benefits of digital transformation with a more open, transparent, and publicly verifiable system that will fundamentally change the way value-exchange, assets, enforcement of contracts, and sharing of data across industries will be experienced," said Dr. Ashraf Abdelwahab, Chief Technical Officer at Microsoft 4Afrika.

According to WISeKey, the ultimate objective is to bring the Rwandan government and its private sector closer to realizing the benefits of digital transformation with a more open, transparent and publicly verifiable system that will fundamentally change the way value-exchange, assets, enforcement of contracts, and sharing of data across industries will be experienced.

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