As the Middle East becomes a global hub in blockchain adoption, the head of the BSV Blockchain Association, Jimmy Nguyen, has presented the features of the BSV enterprise blockchain at the University of Dubai. The Association has also funded research development projects with the local universities, where students use blockchain technology.
Lately, the Middle East leads in blockchain adoption, with governments in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and others investing heavily in the technology. With local governments interested in what the technology can do, the BSV enterprise blockchain has presented its features in Dubai, aiming to establish one of the most significant BSV hubs in the region.
BSV Blockchain Association Founding President Jimmy Nguyen told CoinGeek that the BSV blockchain revolution in the Middle East is just getting started.
“Our entire mission with BSV is to grow a blockchain that scales massively and is used at a mass level for huge amounts of not just payments but data transactions,” he said.
This mission has matched perfectly with the Gulf countries’ movement towards digitizing their economies both in the public and private sectors. As per Nguyen, the governments have especially taken a keen interest, making it clear that they want to use blockchain at a national level. For example, the UAE has set a goal of having 50% of all government transactions on-chain by 2030.
“It marries well with our BSV message of ‘let’s make a blockchain that’s useful for everything, for everyone, for all kinds of data and payment applications,” he added.
The BSV community has put great effort into the Middle East, with the BSV Blockchain Association leading the efforts, spearheaded by Nguyen and others such as InvoiceMate’s Muhammad Salman Anjum, who is the head of the BSV Hub for the Middle East and South Asia, and Ahmed Yousif, the Middle East lead for the BSV Blockchain for Government Initiative.
Nguyen noted that the MENA region has embraced BSV.
“I’d say the reception for BSV is very good here because the people, who are interested in blockchain, care about utility. You have less of the crypto trading frenzy. Because of that, our message resonates really well,” he claimed.
The Middle East also doesn’t suffer from the same gatekeepers to the blockchain industry as some regions such as North America and Europe. As Nguyen noted, these regions have entities that have invested hundreds of billions of dollars to keep the prices of digital assets high, caring little about utility. To these entities, a blockchain that scales unbounded with the tiniest fraction in fees is an enemy, and they have pulled no punches in their attack on BSV.
In his presentation at the University of Dubai, Nguyen focused on what BSV startups are doing right now, not on promises that other blockchains make for the future. According to him, this makes it easier for the audience to grasp what blockchain does from a practical perspective. He also picks startups that resonate with particular challenges facing a specific audience.
There’s a lot of interest in academic credential certification in the Middle East. In his presentation, Nguyen focused on how BSV blockchain can make it easier to store these credentials on-chain and make it possible for anyone to verify them.
“I knew that is an important topic here. We have a project going with the University of Sharjah,” he said.
The BSV Blockchain Association has funded a research development project with the University of Sharjah, where university students do research and write a paper about academic certification tracking using blockchain. Also, they get to work with InvoiceMate’s Anjum on a prototype of an application that tracks academic and professional credentials.
As expected, this prototype will be ready for presentation at the BSV Global Blockchain Convention in Dubai, which starts on May 24.
Earlier, this March, another great blockchain event in Dubai – the 22nd World Blockchain Summit – saw a lot of the top speakers, including Frederik Gregaard, Faryar Shirzad, Alex Mashinsky, Furqan Rassul, and many more. Held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Juma Ahmed Juma Al Maktoum, a member of the ruling family of Dubai, the summit hosted more than 4000 attendees, including 60+ speakers and 50+ blockchain solution providers over three days.