China’s State Council, the country’s central administrative branch of government, has sent its highest-level order demanding that local authorities speed up blockchain technology development, it was revealed on Thursday.
The order, first issued by the State Council on May 4 to provincial and municipal governments, addresses a variety of strategies required to continue the reformation of the Guangdong Pilot Free-Trade Zone.
One area of focus is to accelerate the development of financial technologies, which includes the expedition of “developing and implementing blockchain applications under existing regulatory frameworks,” the document states.
Authorized by the State Council in 2014, the Guangdong Free-Trade Zone is a designated region within China’s Guangdong province that integrates with Hong Kong and Macau to build a more internationalized free market.
While the order does not contain fine detail on how and to what extent blockchain should be used in the free-trade zone, it is nonetheless notable as it marks the first time that the central government has pushed to scale up blockchain use in a top-level official document…