Catalonia is building its own metaverse, says innovation minister

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Catalonia’s Director General of Innovation, Daniel Marco, discussed some of the major efforts the government has taken and worked on to make the region a digital hub in an exclusive interview with Cointelegraph’s Managing Editor Alex Cohen. Marko’s comments came during the European Blockchain Conference (EBC) 2022.

Marco said that the COVID-19 pandemic over the past two years has really helped spread the idea of ​​the digital economy, which is part of the mainstream economy. He went on to cite the example of Europe, which has moved to digitize the energy deal and many other digital deals.

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Marco took over as Director of the Catalonia Smart Government Strategy in 2014, overseeing the initiative to make Catalonia a “smart country” on the global stage. With the advent of blockchain technology and the metaverse, the minister is working to create a fully digital economy inspired by the physical world.

He revealed that the government is working to build a Catalan metavers, called Catalvers. It is to explain:

The Cataverse will be linked to the Catalan language and Catalan culture. That’s what we want in this metaverse, that Catalan entities that do things for the culture can do that in the metaverse. ”
The Catalan Minister of Innovation continued to highlight the government’s plans to make Barcelona the digital hub. He said that a lot will depend on talent, and the government has approved several university policies and programs to develop these talents among young people. He said:

“We have very strong policies for generating talent from the university but we also feature programs like bootcamps and other activities a lot because we need different profiles.”
He added that the government is trying to combine the two, i.e. cultivating new talents and attracting more business with a friendly work environment.

When asked about blockchain projects that tourists can interact with in Barcelona, ​​the minister cited the example of a project focused on personal healthcare and a few others that rely on public transportation.

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