The National Bank of Ukraine, the country’s main monetary authority, recently joined the professional social network LinkedIn to market jobs to blockchain developers. The announcement was made by the director of the IT department of the NBU Vladimir Nagornyuk.
The advertisement further contains “development, implementation and modification of infrastructure services […] and distributed systems” within the responsibility of the potential employee, and mentions smart contracts and Hyperledger competence among the job requirements.
The central bank’s interest in employment on the blockchain is supplemented by another news item about the Ukrainian CBDC project – the e-hryvnia. Last week, Ukraine’s Deputy Minister for Digital Transformation, Oleksandr Bornyakov, spoke at a roundtable discussion on the possibilities and risks of legalizing virtual assets, that a pilot electronic hryvnia project had already been launched.
The NBU has been considering issuing a central bank digital currency, or CBDC, since 2016, while beta testing of the electronic hryvnia as a method of blockchain-based retail payments began two years later, in 2018. Work may have accelerated. Following the recent adoption of legislation designed to create a transparent regulatory framework for digital assets and stimulate the development of the national crypto industry.