Gladstone Arantes, a director of the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES), gave new details about the progress of the Brazilian Blockchain Network, a project that has been in development since 2018. The network will be created on top of the Hyperledger Besu 2.0, which uses a proof-of-authority consensus mechanism. The final goal of this project is to move public spending to the network in order to increase the transparency of these fund movements.

Brazilian Blockchain Network Advances

The Brazilian Blockchain Network, a project that was conceived back in 2018, is now in its development phase. Gladstone Arantes, head of blockchain initiatives at the Development Bank of the country (BNDES), revealed new insights about the development and the technical data of the project. At the Ethereum.Rio event, Arantes stated the project had selected Hyperledger Besu 2.0 to be its base platform, and that the network would also be using a proof-of-authority consensus system.

Proof-of-authority means there will be no mining on top of the chain, and that state actors will maintain control of the network. This follows the premise of simplifying the operation of the blockchain, so it’s possible to be easily understood by anyone wanting to examine it.

Laying the Groundwork

Arantes explained that the Brazilian Blockchain Network will serve as a starting point for institutions to build their applications on a trustable platform without having to reinvent the wheel. On this subject, Arantes stated:

What happened in the Brazilian government and still happens is that, for each use case, it creates its own infrastructure and network. This blocks innovation. It’s like we were going to make Google, but first we had to make the internet. Therefore, after discussing with our partners, we saw that it was necessary to create a single structure.

One of the goals of the project, which is being developed in conjunction with other state and private organizations, is to bring more transparency and awareness to public spending, and it has its inspiration in other similar projects that are being developed in regions like Latin America, Europe, and Spain.

Arantes did not make reference to a possible completion date. However, the project repository indicates their team is deploying a laboratory network and drafting the regulation of the Brazilian Blockchain Network.

Brazil is now making attempts to establish its own central bank digital currency (CBDC), with its central bank studying the possible applications of a digital real and the benefits it could have for potential users.

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