The public-private initiative Swiss Blockchain Federation has been founded in Zurich.
The aim is to promote the attractiveness of Switzerland as a location for blockchain-based activities and encourage the development of a secure and competitive legal framework. It replaces the Blockchain Taskforce, which was created in December 2017.
Government Councilor Heinz Tännler, Financial Director of the Canton of Zug, has been elected as its first President.
“More and more high-quality startups and blockchain companies are moving to Switzerland. In order to cement Switzerland’s leading position among the international competition for the best companies and ideas, joint efforts are required from the fields of industry, politics, economics, and science,” he says. “This will encompass both the legal framework and securing the potential of technological development within society.”
Vice President Lorenz Furrer, Co-founder of the Blockchain Taskforce, comments: “The Swiss Blockchain Federation consists primarily of a panel of experts and individuals with a range of different backgrounds, and assumes the role of an umbrella organisation for existing agents and initiatives committed to promoting blockchain technology.”
Mathias Ruch, Founder and CEO of CV VC and Co-founder of the Blockchain Taskforce, will be the Chairman of the Expert Council. He states that the initiative will call on top-class professional support and industry-specific expertise, both on the board and on the Federation’s Expert Council. For example, among the members of the Board are Dr. Arthur Vayloyan, CEO and Board Member of Bitcoin Suisse, and Philipp Stauffer of FYRFLY Venture Partners.
The founding assembly has also been joined by Charles Hoskinson, CEO of founding member IOHK and Co-founder of Ethereum.
Further information on the Swiss Blockchain Federation can be found at www.blockchainfederation.ch