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Kudrin and Gref draw picture of the state administration in future

Blockchain technology, which is now used in the calculations with Bitcoins, can be used for public administration in the future.

 Ex-Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin and head of Sberbank of Russia Herman Gref see prospects for using blockchain technology in public administration in the future.

Blockchain technology is a decentralized database containing information on the transaction chain blocks, constructed according to certain rules. This technology is used, in particular, in the calculations with bitcoin cryptocurrency.

"For me blockchain, what I heard, is the following: that each person can enter into a database, write out all the necessary documents for the purchase of land, form the package within an hour, send it to the relevant authorities, within an hour, and if everything is confirmed, get an answer This is definitely a revolution," Kudrin said at a business breakfast of Sberbank on Friday.

The new technology will be able to afford not to collect numerous certificates; control of business activities by public authorities may also take place online, and institutions will not be required a serious effort to do this, Kudrin believes. The same applies to tax collection.

"I still dream that when a politician who promises something and speaks out with their suggestions, each computer will immediately display, whether their statement correspond the resources, which the state owns; the scenarios which they can follow. Now I am maybe a little bit ironic, maybe I dream, but in general, we have to be more precise, follow the rules. Thereby, we will much faster achieve results and negotiate among ourselves," Kudrin said.

For the implementation of new technologies in public administration "the language in which we speak is important, and if we understand the terms, and whether there is feedback." It must be the joint creation of certain rules, according to Kudrin.

He believes that an open market, open data are the most important components in order to meet the demands of the modern industrial revolution. Now, however, many state-owned and private enterprises are not in a hurry to meet the new requirements. "The government, unfortunately, even slower evolves, meets these challenges, introduces these technologies slower," ex-Finance Minister of the Russian Federation said.

In turn, Gref noted that the blockchain developers talk about the uselessness of any bodies (for example, bodies recording the transaction). "The thing is, the transaction will be accomplished when the payment will take place; then the ownership will be transferred from one to another, and it will be registered on thousands of computers. And no one can ever cancel it, it is more reliable than any State Register of Rights," he said.

"Same with the payment of taxes. Each taxpayer can track their particular payment. Generally, they are talking about the fact that the tax system will be personalized, that you will be able to pay taxes on the specific needs and keep track of where your payment has gone. It is a completely different concept. It is necessary, of course, to still make sense of, it is necessary to change our thinking completely," the head of Sberbank added.


  • December 1, 2016 6:48 PM MSK