A United Nations of Blockchain is Born
24 April 2021
THE BLOCKCHAIN ASSOCIATION FORUM LAUNCHES
The British Blockchain Association, today, welcomed 55 senior representatives of the world’s leading international Blockchain associations to the inaugural meeting of what is set to become the most influential Blockchain and DLT advisory group globally – The Blockchain Associations Forum (BAF).
The launch of what has already been called a united nations of Blockchain is as a direct result of a longstanding desire of the leading representative bodies to globally harmonise, collaborate to influence national guidelines, and set sector development benchmarks based on best practice and globally agreed frameworks.
A neutral and decentralised platform for change, BAF’s vision is to achieve international co-operation and to address global challenges around Blockchain education, workforce planning, policymaking and government regulation. Fostering a learning culture by sharing intellectual resources in accordance with emerging evidence and local and regional requirements has also been cited as one of the Forum’s top priorities.
Dr Naseem Naqvi, BBA President and newly appointed BAF Chair, explains:
‘This forum is going to be the most impactful blockchain forum in terms of diversity, inclusion and collaboration. We have a common goal: To be the voice of blockchain, a central point of contact for our countries and a torch bearer for future generations.
We are in a unique and privileged position to guide our communities and our countries through this vital period of early blockchain adoption. BAF is an inter-disciplinary, trans-national harmonisation group of blockchain associations and some of the most influential and visionary DLT professionals. Forum founding members are wholeheartedly committed to debating emerging trends, sharing best practices and learning from other BAF countries. The Forum will debate and explore solutions to emergent industry challenges and explore joint solutions to our shared goals.’
At the Forum launch, Deborah Cleary, Deputy Secretary of the BBA, said:
‘BAF offers a collective voice on the advancement of DLT and a unique opportunity to network with peers and contemporaries at other member associations. The ‘quadruple helix’ of blockchain innovation ecosystems: Government, Industry, Public Services/ society and Academia – and those that represent them, require “nations’ collective wisdom'”if they are to advance in the right direction. The joint strategies that BAF plans to deliver will specifically support government policy makers and private sector initiatives alike.’
- DLT associations from 48 countries join hands to launch The Blockchain Associations Forum (BAF)
- BAF hosts their inaugural meeting on 24 April 2021
- Inaugural members include some of the leading think-tank organisations in blockchain
- 55 Industry Leaders pledged to jointly drive sustainable growth and development of blockchain industry
- Founding members commit to advancing evidence-based applications of DLT to benefit the wider community
About BAF Membership
BAF membership is open to blockchain associations at the forefront of DLT leadership in their respective countries. Where a country has no such association or Blockchain body, consideration will be given to allied organisations who have taken leadership roles in Blockchain space, such as fintech associations, or other government and academic bodies.
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