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South Korea’s capital intends to create and introduce its own digital currency

Peter Terlato 3 April 2018 NEWS

Seoul is developing a blockchain master plan that will reportedly be completed and released next month.

The mayor of South Korea’s capital, Seoul, wants the city to support blockchain projects and plans to create a cryptocurrency that provides “economic benefits to citizens”, according to a recent report by CoinDesk Korea.

Seoul’s mayor Park Won-soon told the publication that he wants to develop a digital currency, the “S-Coin”.

The elected official said that he will attempt to change and influence the various central government laws and regulations in an effort to help bring the planned cryptocurrency to fruition.

“In order to make an S Coin, we need to prepare institutional and legal support such as bylaws,” Park said.

The new coin may work in conjunction with Seoul’s eco-mileage system that provides benefits to citizens who save electricity, water and gas. It may also be applied to youth allowance, jobs support and welfare schemes.

The mayor was also adamant that South Korea’s capital city should be learning about blockchain technology.

“I think we should study new technologies such as blockchains. Blockchains can be applied to administrations in Seoul, such as the public transport system… and the provision of youth allowance,” Park said.

Seoul is developing a blockchain master plan that will reportedly be completed and released next month.

“I’ve met blockchain companies,” Park said. “And I think our [Seoul-based] companies are not seeing the light because of the various regulations. First, it is the local government’s task to create cases and models. If the Seoul government releases certain regulations, it seems that it will be able to make the model more freely.”

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