The government of the autonomous Spanish region of Catalonia intends to turn the region into a digital hub and launch its own meta-universe.
In 2014, Macro headed the government initiative Smart Catalonia, overseeing the transformation of Catalonia into a “smart country. With the emergence of blockchain technology and meta-villages, the official began working to create a “fully digital economy inspired by the physical world.
According to Macro, the authorities plan to launch a “Catalan metaverse.” “The Cataverse will be related to the Catalan language and culture. We want local organizations that are doing something in the cultural field to be able to implement it in the metaverse,” he explained.
According to the official, the regional capital, Barcelona, will also become a center for digital innovation. In achieving this goal, much will depend on attracting talent. The government has implemented a number of programs to support talented young people, Macro stressed. “We have strong policies in place to generate talent in universities. We also have frequent professional development programs such as boot camps and other activities because we need different specializations,” the official said.
He added that the government tries to combine developing new talent with attracting more “businesses with a friendly work environment.”
When asked about blockchain projects with which tourists in Barcelona can interact, Macro gave the example of solutions focused on healthcare and public transport.
As a reminder, Catalonia will move its elections to blockchain.