Catalonia, a region in northern Spain, is building its own metaverse. Local government officials are planning to build a "Cataverse" in the field of Catalan language and culture.
Daniel Marco, the General Director of Innovation of Catalonia, informed about this "smart Catalonia" project.
Catalonian director-general of innovation Daniel Marco discussed some of the key efforts that the government has taken and worked on to make the region a digital hub in an exclusive interview with Cointelegraph’s managing editor Alex Cohen. As reported by Cointelegraph the Catalonian government has been working on this initiative for quite some time.
Marco said the COVID-19 pandemic over the past two years has really helped in propagating the idea of the digital economy, which is a part of the main economy. He went on to cite the example of Europe, which has moved to digitize the energy deal and several other digital deals. He explained that the government is trying to build a Catalonian metaverse called "Cataverse".
“Cataverse will be linked to the Catalan language and the Catalan culture. That is what we want to have in this metaverse, that Catalan entities that are doing things for the culture can do that in the metaverse .”
The Catalonian Innovation minister went on to shed light on the government's plans to make Barcelona the digital hub. He said a lot would depend on the talent and the government has passed several policies and university programs to cultivate that talent among the young. He said:
“We have very strong policies to generate talent that are from university but also we are skilling programs like boot camps and other activities a lot because we need different profiles.”
He added that the government is trying to get the mix of both, i.e., cultivate new talent and attract more business with a friendly working environment.
The minister, when asked about blockchain projects in which tourists can interact in Barcelona, cited the example of a project focused on personal healthcare and a few others based on public transport.
A few months ago, South Korea announced that it would invest 224 billion won, or $187 million, in the metaverse nationwide, NFT News Pro reported. Objective: To support the production of NFTs and digital content along with the growth of virtual cities, media and education.
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