Andhra Pradesh, an Indian state known for its efforts in exploring blockchain applications, is furthering that goal with a new agreement with a local fund firm.
According to a Tweet by the state’s government, Andhra Pradesh has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Covalent Fund, to start a blockchain ecosystem as part of the souther state's Fintech Valley Vizag initiative.
The partnership will also soon launch a blockchain university, with a $10 million initial investment, according to the post.
According to business news outlet Inc42, Covalent Fund will help the state provide blockchain startups greater access to capital and other resources, as well as developing a blockchain stack.
The state hopes to integrate blockchain platforms into official businesses by next year, said Andhra Pradesh IT Minister Nara Lokesh, according to Inc42. Part of the goal is to develop transparent governance through blockchain.
He continued, saying:
The announcement marks the latest move by the seventh-largest Indian state in fostering applications of the blockchain technology. Last year, the state announced a partnership with blockchain startup ChromaWay to pilot a land registry ledger and a separate partnership with cybersecurity company WISeKey to secure private data on a blockchain.
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