Ghana-based think tank launches blockchain research and advocacy center

Institute for Liberty and Policy Innovation, Ghana, is looking to influence public policy regarding blockchain through its new research house.

Ghana-based think tank launches blockchain research and advocacy center

Ghana-based Institue for Liberty and Policy Innovation (ILAPI), on June 16, announced the launch of the Center for Coin Liberty. This new research house wants to leverage “evidence-based methods” to engage the public and influence blockchain legislation in the country. ILAPI is a think tank that uses economic research for public policy advocacy.

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Fast Facts

  • The center’s director Nathaniel Dwamena said: “The purpose of the Centre is to use evidence-based methods and research to create constant and continuous public engagement to shape legislation for blockchain adoption.”
  • Dwamena added that blockchain could be used to fight corruption, and electoral fraud, citing the technology’s application in places like South Korea and the United States.
  • He signaled that the new center could explore the use of blockchain in the real estate sector. “It [blockchain] enables the instant and secure transfer of property. It enhances transparency with Smart Contract,” Dwamena told local news outlet GhanaWeb.
  • The new center has Cardano — a public blockchain network — as one of its partners.
  • The Center for Coin Liberty’s launch comes amid plans by the Bank of Ghana (BoG), the country’s apex bank, to lunch a central bank digital currency (CBDC) called e-cedi.
  • The Bank started piloting the e-cedi in May.
  • BoG’s governor Ernest Addison said: “So far, the usage and uptake of the offline version of the e-cedi is being piloted in a small town called Sefwi Asafo, in the Western North Region. Selected users in that community have been using the e-cedi for daily purchases such as food, groceries and drinks.
  • Data gathered during the pilot phase will inform the decision about e-cedi’s future, he added.

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