According to a report in the Korean-language Blockinpress, the government of Seoul Metropolitan is going to start its first blockchain-based administrative services in November. 

The discussion was held at a conference last month, explaining the specifications, timelines, and goals with the city officials and representatives of the private sector. Three priorities were set to be completed by November. 

Services, like participating in public opinion polls and paying taxes will help the citizens win the coins. The blockchain point system will be introduced in the city and the citizens will receive S-coins for the use of public services. The S-coins which will be received by the residents of Seoul, they will be able to redeem those points for rewards. 

ZeroPay, which is a city-government sponsored QR-code-enabled network will be used to integrate the points. It allows the customers to pay for goods and services with their phones and it also does not charge any merchant commissions. 

The list of priorities to be completed by November also includes a blockchain service for the submission of qualifications without paper documents and upgradation of the Seoul Citizens Card with blockchain to enable digital authentication for the use of public services.

By the end of this year, Seoul will have its part-time workers’ rights in use. The blockchain-based system will help all the part-time and temporary workers by keeping a track of their work, maintaining timesheets and signing simple contracts with the employers. The main aim of this is to improve trust and relations between small companies and part-time workers. 

Other programs that were discussed but do not have the year-end completion deadlines are donation management, smart healthcare, and online certificate verification. The blockchain services will be operated by private enterprises but will be controlled by the city.

Seoul was planning to implement a blockchain strategy for some time and then the Blockchain City Seoul Promotion Plan was declared last October. When the plan was introduced, 14 blockchain administrative projects and their completion by 2022 were mentioned. 

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