The country’s leading monetary authority, the National Bank of Ukraine, recently took to the professional social network LinkedIn to promote its blockchain developer job openings. The advertisement was published by Vladimir Nagornyuk, director of the IT department of the NBU.
The ad lists “development, implementation and modification of infrastructure services”. […] and distributed systems” in addition to mentioning smart contracts and Hyperledger competencies among the requirements for the job, among the potential employee’s duties.
The central bank’s interest in blockchain hiring adds to other recent news coming from Ukraine’s CBDC project, e-Hryvnia. Last week, speaking at a roundtable discussion on the opportunities and risks of legalization of virtual assets, Ukraine’s Deputy Minister of Digital Transformation Oleksandr Bornyakov noted that an e-hryvnia pilot was underway.
The NBU has been considering the possibility of issuing a central bank digital currency, or CBDC, since 2016, while pilot testing of e-hryvnia as a blockchain-based means of retail payments began two years later, in 2018. Work can be done faster. Following the adoption of a recently enacted legislation to establish a transparent regulatory framework for digital assets and promote the growth of the country’s crypto industry.