Mariam TurashviliHead of Project Management Department at National Agency of Public Registry, Ministry of Justice, Georgia
Holds the degree in Law (Tbilisi State University) and Master’s degree in International Cooperation Studies (Graduate School, Kobe University, Japan).
In 2010, she started working at NAPR as chief specialist of the registration office of entrepreneurial and non-entrepreneurial (non-commercial) legal entities. Since 2017, she is the Head of project management department, supervising ongoing projects at NAPR with main focus on the project of developing Blockchain land registry platform and implementing smart contracts.
Apart from NAPR, her 10-year professional experience includes working in both public and private sectors: at the Ministry of Defense of Georgia, Parliament of Georgia, Public defender’s office, OSCE parliamentary mission, etc.
Q1: What are you most looking forward to with regards to speaking at Blockchain for Business Summit, part of TechXLR8 and London Tech Week?
“At the summit, I will represent the National Agency of Public Registry of Georgia, the first governmental organization implementing Blockchain Technology in public services. Georgia strives for EU membership and over the past decade, the country had managed to radically reduce red tape and corruption, had largely liberalized its economy and had improved the business environment. The introduction of Blockchain Technology and the project implemented by NAPR, made the country visible on the Blockchain map. Accordingly, introducing the country and presenting our achievements to the international society and to the prominent representatives of private sector and other governments is the most valuable opportunity.
Besides sharing our experience, TechXLR8 gives participants the chance to learn, to discover, to widen their perspective, to gain courage and to innovate, and last but not least, “the opposite of networking is not working”, meeting like-minded people, professionals and experts, sharing ideas and goals, is the essential part of the development.”
Q2: Could you give us a preview of what you plan to speak about in your presentation on June 13th?
“I will talk about the details of the project which made us “pioneers” – using Blockchain technology in property registration process: The challenges and the benefits of the project, I will also discuss the potential use cases and focus on reducing risks of fraud and illegal manipulation. I also want to share the challenges in the process of implementing smart-contracts in real estate transactions and introduce the future goals of creating the opportunity for immediate transfers without third-party verification.
As for the business, as NAPR is also the authority registering companies, I want the discuss the possible ways of integrating business registry in the Blockchain system, automatic registration and introduction of STOs.”
Q3: What would you say blockchain will be most useful for vs. what it will be least useful for, in governments around the world?
“Governments could use the technology for several purposes, including enhancing trust (transparent budgeting, corruption elimination, voting, record keeping), simplifying the business processes (replacing paper-based systems, reducing expenses, introduction of cost and time effective systems), increasing security (Border control, emergency management), etc.
Implementing Blockchain projects requires different enablers and different pre-conditions which should be met. If the government does not want to build a transparent system, Blockchain will be useless, if the government does not want to develop electronic services, Blockchain is unnecessary, and finally, if the problem does not exist, creating a problem to later solve it with Blockchain, does not make sense either.”
Q4: Will 2019 be the year of blockchain? Why or why not?
“I am sure about this, as not only 2019 but future years will be the years of Blockchain, but in different directions. 2018 was an ICO year and also, most of the pilot projects (use-cases) were presented last year, now we focus more on regulations and updating legal frameworks, step-by-step we will gain more knowledge and experience and discover possibilities we can’t even think of today. I think that’s why Blockchain is named as the Internet of 21st century, there is much, much more to come.”