Azerbaijan has revealed its plans to use blockchain technology to improve the efficiency of the country’s legal system a well as in the housing and utilities sector. In particular, smart contracts will be rolled out.
According to local reports, the initiative of the Azerbaijani justice ministry was outlined in a meeting earlier this week that included a discussion of its implementation in the country.
It was stated that smart contracts will, with time, come to replace the standard contracts between customer and utility provider.
Chairman of the Azerbaijan Internet Forum Osman Gunduz spoke to the regional news outlet Trend News Agency, saying that the switch ”will ensure transparency and will allow to suppress the cases of falsification in this area”. Gunduz added that the citizens will benefit from being able to control the processes themselves for the first time.
Right now, the Ministry of Justice provides over 30 electronic services and around 15 forms of online information systems and registries, which Gunduz believes are key areas for blockchain solutions. In practice, he says that blockchain technology can be successfully implemented wherever it relates to registries.
Another area that he thinks that the technology can be particularly important is in that of ”electronic courts”, where he says there has been a lack of experimentation, operating in just ”a few judicial instances yet”.
Last month, Trend News Agency reported that IBM had plans to collaborate with Azerbaijan’s central bank in an effort to implement blockchain technology as part of a five-year economic plan for ”digital transformation”. The initiative has ambitions to modernize the country’s banking sector, in turn, benefiting the aggregate economy.