Beijing's government registers offices on 'menu blockchain' in streamlining bid

“Beijing Tong” – a mobile application launched by Beijing's municipal government – has registered data from over 1,000 offices on its so-called "menu blockchain" system.

Announcing the news on Jan. 11 during a session of the Municipal People’s Congress, Deputy Director of Beijing's Bureau of Economic and Information, Feng Pan, said “Beijing Tong” has reached 5 million downloads and 80,000 daily usages, local news outlet Beijing Youth Daily reported on January 12.

"Beijing Tong" aims to promote smart governance and streamline public service provision to Beijing residents. The "menu blockchain" system records data collected from different government units and ensures that it is immutable, according to Pan. With the app, users can store government IDs, post inquires, submit payments, and make appointments with government officials.

“Beijing Tong has linked with Baidu, Wechat, Alipay, and other applications and established citizen-centered website, application, and mini-program to combine Internet services with public services,” he said. “Up to now, except for four classified departments, Beijing’s over 1000 offices under 60 departments have been brought on-chain.”

Pan revealed that they plan to roll out the 3.0 version in 2021 to cover at least 50% of government services.