For the last few decades, Vietnam has made great strides in building and maintaining its economy with rapid GDP growth. The standard of living has risen with better education and health leading to a stronger population. With no signs of stopping, the country is now making headway in developing its technology and financial sector. Through the predicted increase of smartphone ownership in the near future, experts believe that app-based, blockchain financial services will provide the underbanked the resources they need to grow their wealth or establish financial histories.
Interest in blockchain technologies in the country is evidently on the rise. During last year’s Vietnam Blockchain Week conference, organized by Infinity Blockchain Labs, more than 2,000 people attended. On top of this, blockchain is believed by top researchers to bring a commercial benefit of 1 trillion USD for SMEs and especially those in newly-emerged markets like Vietnam.
Considering the growing popularity of this emerging technology, the Vietnamese government has responded in kind. Nguyen Van Binh, Head of the Party Central Committee’s Economic Commission, spoke at the ‘Blockchain Forum: Vision and Development’ event and explained that they will continue to monitor, encourage, and take advantage of blockchain technology as well as study and develop policies and regulatory framework to minimize associated risks.
During the forum, the expert participants agreed that Vietnam needs to answer four issues. First, transaction and goods purchasing on blockchain should be encouraged on a national level. Second, the government needs to entice enterprises to apply blockchain into their businesses. Third, a regulatory framework should be created to protect all the involving parties. Lastly, all regulatory agencies need to review their current laws and policies to eliminate the articles which may limit the growth of emerging technologies.
Seeing the significant growth Vietnam is about to make, several startups have popped up within the country that utilizes blockchain as its core technology.
With the country taking initiatives in exploring the possibility of wide-usage of blockchain in a spread of industries as well as many companies showing interest, Vietnam could very well be a hub for blockchain development in the future.
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