Ukraine to use blockchain to increase land ownership transparency

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ukraine will use blockchain technology to manage the farmland registry, saying its current system is vulnerable to fraud that leads to conflicts over the ownership
13:29, 5 October 2017

112 Agency

The initiative will increase transparency and boost trust in the registry, as to the First Deputy Agriculture Minister Maksym Martynyuk said at a news conference in Kyiv on Tuesday. Transparency International - which ranks Ukraine 131st-worst of 176 countries in its corruption perception index - will be an international auditor of the project, he told reporters. This was reported by Bloomberg agency.

Land reform is one of the requirements of the International Monetary Fund, Ukraine’s biggest creditor, which has held back payments from a $17.5 billion bailout as the country has failed to meet terms. The government says establishing a comprehensive, transparent and secure registry is necessary to proceed on one element of the overhaul, lifting a ban on the sale of farmland. The switch to blockchain, though the biggest hurdle remains the lack of political support, according to the Agriculture Ministry.

“Land reform is a formation consisting of many bricks,” Martynyuk said. “And this is one of the important bricks.”

Blockchain, the technology that underpins virtual currencies, allows users to make simultaneous changes to databases across a distributed network, which could allow land-registry entries made in one location to be immediately visible across the system, adding to transparency.

Related: Ukraine first in world launches blockchain auction, - Groysman

Ukraine’s government picked BitFury Group Ltd., which produces equipment for mining virtual currencies, to launch a platform for registering land titles, following the experience of fellow ex-Soviet republic Georgia last year.

As it was reported earlier the World Bank stands for removal of the moratorium on the sale of agricultural land in Ukraine since 2018. Director of the World Bank on Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus Satu Kahkonen reported at the presentation of a new economic review and macroeconomic prognosis for Ukraine.

According to her, the level of crop yield in Ukraine is significantly lower than in the European countries. She added that the country should develop agriculture and attract the investments in this sphere.

Related: World Bank expects adoption of land reform in Ukraine this autumn

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