Azerbaijan to Integrate Blockchain on Ministry of Justice Databases

Azerbaijan joins a group of other governments who have adopted distributed ledger technology (DLT) to encourage efficiencies in various agencies.

Azerbaijani Internet Forum (AMF) Chairman Osman Gunduz announces that the country will begin utilizing Blockchain technology in the information systems and registries of the Ministry of Justice.

The AMF has been gearing up for the government’s integration of Blockchain tech beginning with the Ministry of Justice.

In an interview with Trend, Gundiz says that they had a meeting last October 30 regarding the different systems and electronic services offered by the ministry’s numerous structural units which may use DLT, explaining:

“The agency currently provides over 30 electronic services, and also there are about 15 information systems and registries. The registers of “electronic notary”, “electronic courts”, penitentiary service, the information systems of non-governmental organizations, the register of population, etc. can be mentioned. The planned project entitled as “Mobile notary office”, which provides for the accumulation of all notarial documents in one case, has seemed interesting.”

Gunduz explains that the notarization of electronic documents is a major factor in the disruption of government operations. He further states that Blockchain technologies have been successfully introduced in registry operations in other countries and businesses.

DLT is slated to integrate transparency to an outdated traditional system susceptible to falsification of registries and databases of the Azerbaijani population. The country also aims to intensify the search for other potential use cases of Blockchain especially in utilities like water, gas, and electricity. The AMF chairman also underscores:

“Especially the fact that the ministry is interested in the introduction of the blockchain technology attracted attention. It was announced that in the future, the smart contracts will be introduced in the field of public utilities (water, gas and electricity supply). That is, this refers to the switch-over of existing contracts of citizens for utility services to smart contracts, which will ensure transparency and will allow to suppress the cases of falsification in this area. The citizens themselves will be able to independently control all these processes.”

In addition, the Central Bank of Azerbaijan (CBA) is going through a modernization process that focuses on the budding technology. The CBA is purportedly in collaboration with various commercial banks to collect, store, and analyze client data through DLT designed by tech giant IBM.

However, the New York-based IBM has yet to confirm the report, and no additional proof of the supposed partnership is available, aside from the statements made by Azerbaijani officials.