Italy’s Ministry of Economic Development recently published a list of 30 crypto experts that will reportedly help the European nation in formulating a comprehensive blockchain for business strategy.

The Italian government’s list includes qualified computer science and legal experts, academic research specialists, and business professionals with expertise in developing blockchain-based solutions. Notable individuals mentioned in the extensive list include Monaco Marco, the leader of blockchain development efforts at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)’s branch in Italy, and Vitale Marco, the president of blockchain startup, Quadrans Foundation.

Focusing On Blockchain Development

Pimpinella Martino Maurizio, the president of the Italian Association of Paying Services Providers, and Angiolini Giorgio, a member of the United Nation INFO’s blockchain consortium and head of marketing at Italtel (an Italian telecom firm), were also included in the Italian ministry’s list of blockchain experts.

In September, Italy’s Economic Development ministry had requested members of the nation’s blockchain and crypto community to give high priority to spreading more awareness about the potential benefits of “distributed ledger technologies (DLT) … as well as [encouraging further] public and private investments in this direction.”

In order to increase blockchain adoption in Italy, the group of experts identified by the nation’s ministry will reportedly be exploring potential use cases for DLT for the nation’s private and public industries. The group of blockchain professionals will also be developing appropriate regulatory and technical tools, which may be required by the country’s organizations when adopting blockchain-based solutions.

Artificial Intelligence And Blockchain Technology

Commenting on Italy’s blockchain strategy, in September, Luigi Di Maio, the country’s deputy prime minister, said:

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.

Notably, the Italian government’s latest blockchain-related announcement has come just a few weeks after the nation’s senior ministers signed a joint declaration statement along with six other Southern EU member states. As covered, the joint agreement on cooperation regarding DLT-related developments was signed by Malta, Cyprus, France, Portugal, Greece, Spain, and Italy, and Spain in Brussels on December 4.

In a released joint-statement, the ministers from the countries formally agreed that the “digital sphere is an ideal policy area to embark on further cooperation … [and that they aim to make] Southern Europe a leader on emerging technologies, such as Distributed Ledger Technologies.”