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新加坡:提供财政奖励,促进本国区块链生态系统发展

区块链国际资讯监管与政策

新加坡:提供财政奖励,促进本国区块链生态系统发展

新加坡通信和信息部下属的信息通信媒体发展局(IMDA)将为媒体和信息通信领域的参与者提供种子基金。这么做是为了鼓励这些参与者开发平台,并将区块链领域的特殊利益群体、解决方案的提供者以及其他相关团体联系在一起。

为了从信息通信媒体发展局获得种子资金,待开发的平台必须符合某些标准,其中就包括与遍布全球的其他区块链社区进行连接的能力。

将区块链技术扩展到金融领域之外

根据信息通信媒体发展局的说法,区块链的采用在很大程度上仅限于金融领域,而银行和保险行业以外成功使用区块链的案例少之又少。信息通信媒体发展局认为由于不同区块链平台缺乏互操作性,这大大阻碍了区块链技术在其他领域的采用。

信息通信媒体发展局在一份声明中表示:

这导致了行业出现了孤立的、专业化的区块链解决方案,而不是互操作的网络区块链,后者的出现将给用户带来最大的好处。

为了实现成为一个Smart Nation(智能国家)的目标,新加坡提出了各种旨在促进该国区块链生态系统发展的倡议。就在今年早些时候,信息通信媒体发展局发起了Blockchain Challenge(区块链挑战),其目标是激励新加坡企业通过使用分布式账本技术开发在金融应用之外的开创性解决方案。

参与到Blockchain Challenge的公司被要求需要提出概念证明(Proof-of-concept)或拿出解决特定问题的最小可行产品。

联合基金

早在三个月前,新加坡和中国政府联合推出了一只旨在帮助区块链等行业科技公司的基金。该基金被称为中新ICM联合创新发展基金,它资助的领域是ICT(信息和通信技术)和媒体。

此外,新加坡还采取了其他支持区块链的举措,包括新加坡知识产权局(IPOS)在授予专利时给予包括区块链公司在内的金融科技领域公司以特殊待遇。正如CCN此前报道的那样,新加坡知识产权局在今年4月宣布,这些公司在申请专利时的等待期将缩短至6个月,而不是像往常那样需要等上两年的时间。

据新加坡知识产权局首席执行官Daren Tang表示,这将有助于新加坡的金融科技公司在全球范围内展开竞争:

通过大幅减少授予金融科技专利所需的时间,我们的创新企业将能够通过其知识产权进行有效竞争,并利用这些知识资产扩大规模,从而进军全球市场。

The government of Singapore will offer financial incentives in order to grow the blockchain ecosystem in the country.

According to The Business Times, the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) which falls under Singapore’s Ministry of Communications and Information will offer seed funding to players in the media and ICT sector. This is with a view of incentivizing them to develop platforms which link special interest groups in the blockchain space, solution providers as well as other related groups.

In order to obtain seed funding from the IMDA, the platforms to be developed must meet certain criteria and this includes a capacity to connect with other blockchain communities spread across the globe.

Expanding Beyond Finance

Per the IMDA, blockchain adoption has largely been restricted to the financial sector and there are few, if any, large-scale successful cases that exist outside banking and insurance. In IMDA’s view, this has hampered the adoption of blockchain in other sectors due to lack of interoperability.

The IMDA said in a statement:

“This has resulted in the industry showing signs of siloed, specialised blockchain solutions rather than interoperable network blockchains, which would deliver the most benefit to users.”

To reach its goal of becoming a smart nation, Singapore has come up with various other initiatives aimed at boosting the country’s blockchain ecosystem. Earlier in the year, the IMDA launched the Blockchain Challenge whose goal is to incentivize firms to develop pioneering solutions that go beyond financial applications using distributed ledger technology.

Through the Blockchain Challenge, participating firms are required to come up with either Proofs-of-concept or Minimum Viable Products that solve particular problems.

Joint Fund

Three months ago, a fund to assist tech firms in sectors such as blockchain was launched jointly by the governments of Singapore and China. Known as the China-Singapore ICM Joint Innovation Development Fund, the sectors that the initiative sought to target were in ICT and Media and hence the initials ICM.

Other pro-blockchain initiatives undertaken by Singapore include a move by the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) to grant firms in the fintech space including blockchain companies special treatment when awarding patents. Rather than having these companies wait the usual two years, the IPOS announced in April that the waiting period would be cut to six months, as CCN reported at the time.

According to the CEO of IPOS, Daren Tang, this would serve to assist Singaporean fintech firms to compete globally:

“By significantly reducing the time needed for grant of a fintech patent, our innovative enterprises will be able to compete effectively through their intellectual property and use these intellectual assets to scale up and enter the world’s market.”

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