The government has established a taskforce to look into potential applications of the technology. Last year, the Kenyan government warned the public about cryptocurrencies, but this year it looks like they\u2019re warming up to the concept of blockchain, at least. In a press conference, ICT cabinet secretary Joe Mucheru announced that the government is establishing a taskforce of 11 members to assess the potential of blockchain technology and artificial intelligence, including the challenges associated with them. He noted that blockchain has a lot of implications for the land and education sector, citing land ownership verification as one of its possible uses. Mucheru was a former lead at Google, and played a significant role in building up the company in Africa, and was stationed in Google\u2019s Nairobi office. And he\u2019s a strong advocate of allowing and regulating cryptocurrencies. This is a positive development for cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology in the country, since Kenya wasn\u2019t exactly receptive of the concept before. Last year, Kenya\u2019s central bank issued a stern warning to the public, saying cryptocurrencies are risky and that the government cannot protect its citizens from potential losses. In 2015, the central bank governor wasn\u2019t too keen on it either. "It could very well be a Ponzi scheme of a kind, I think you have seen how the prices have gone up and down in various places,\u201d central bank governor Patrick Njoroge said back then. In a report by Quartz Africa, Blockchain Association of Kenya chairman Michael Kimani says that banning cryptocurrencies only makes the black market thrive, and makes it harder for authorities to keep up\u2014something the government may be finally realizing with Mucheru on their side. \u201cWhen they ban it or say you can\u2019t build a business that allows you to convert Kenya shillings to cryptocurrencies, the informal market thrives,\u201d he says. \u201cAnd once it goes informal, it becomes harder and harder ,\u201d This recent turn breaks Kenya away from neighbouring countries that have similarly expressed an aversion to blockchain technology to this day. Egypt, Nigeria, and Tanzania have publicly warned against cryptocurrencies early this year, and their position might not change for a while. On the contrary, South Africa has been big on blockchain tech, birthing several notable start-ups and hosting several blockchain events.