Catalonia Innovation Minister Announces Plans to Build a Catalonian Metaverse
Spanish province Catalonia reveals its intention to build a Catalonian metaverse as they seek to create a fully digitized economy.
The Catalonian government has recently expressed its intention to make one of its provincial cities, Barcelona, a digital hub. This innovative idea will provide various skill programs to university students and boot camps to foster talent discovery which would augment their growth in digital tech.
In an exclusive interview with Catalonian director-general of innovation Daniel Marco during the European Blockchain Convention (EBC) 2022, he highlighted the pivotal steps and actions taken by the government to make this project come alive in Barca.
Marco noted the coronavirus pandemic has boosted the need to build the digital economy, which is a predicate of the main economy. He reiterated that Europe has demonstrated the importance of a digital atmosphere with the recent move to digitize its energy deal, among many other deals.
Marco came to the limelight after he was appointed the director of the SmartCatalonia Government Strategy in 2014. The government has been passionate about transforming its region into a digital sphere which would gain global recognition.
The minister has been very vocal about the government's strategic plans to maximize the potential of blockchain technology. He believes the blockchain industry has provided adequate tools to create a physically inspired digital economy.
“Cataverse will be linked to the Catalan language and the Catalan culture. That is what we want to have in this metaverse, that Catalan entities that are doing things for the culture can do that in the metaverse.”
Cataverse would be sustained by Talent Development
The progressive plans of the government to make Barcelona a digital hub will be dependent on talents recruited from the policies and programs earlier created. The government hopes to concurrently cultivate new talents and attract more business to a more serene work environment.
“We have very strong policies to generate talent that are from university but also we are s,killing programs like boot camps and other activities a lot because we need different profiles.”
Finally, the minister talked about a project on personal healthcare and a few others based on public transport as blockchain projects that tourists can explore.