Group of US Advocacy Calls for National Action Plan on Blockchain

A blockchain advocacy group of The Chamber of Digital Commerce has asked the U.S. government to apply a national strategy for blockchain technology.

 

On Wednesday, the recommendations for the plan was released by the organization. The organization has also requested the government to promote and support the blockchain industry through clear and supportive public statements.

 

According to the Chamber, until now most of the public statements from the U.S. government on cryptocurrencies were in the form of warnings and enforcement actions. Instead, there is a need for “clearly effective and expressive statement of support for the private sector” on blockchain for the benefit of the government, business and consumers.

 

The group further added that the U.S. government agencies should also coordinate with each other to develop blockchain policies, guidance, rules, and regulations. There should be a “light-touch regulatory approach” and the industry must have clarity on what laws apply to blockchain-based applications and digital tokens.

 

Chamber of Digital Commerce founder and president Perianne Boring said that the other developed nations are promoting the adoption of blockchain and digital assets. It is imperative that the U.S. should also recognize the power and potential of blockchain technology.

 

The U.S. government should also create an office to coordinate on blockchain strategy,  the chamber recommended.

 

The chamber further argued that blockchain technology has the potential to streamline processes across industries, including cybersecurity, financial services, healthcare, supply chain, and more. The lawmakers should reach out and cooperate with entrepreneurs in order to develop the national blockchain strategy.

 

Some U.S. lawmakers have already been making legislative efforts in the crypto and blockchain space. Back in October, a bipartisan bill was introduced, proposing the creation of a “consensus-based definition of blockchain.”

 

In December, two more bipartisan bills were introduced aimed to prevent crypto price manipulation and to boost acceptance of blockchain technology.

 

And, just last week, lawmakers in the U.S. state passed three bills related to blockchain and cryptos.

 

One bill is designed to recognize digital assets like property and clears the way for banks to act as crypto custodians, the others aim to enable securities to be issued in the form of a token and create “special purpose depository institutions” to enable blockchain businesses to access traditional banking services. All three are now awaiting signature by the state governor to officially become law.

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