On June 24th, Nijat Asadli, manager of the Digital Trade Center (DTH) in Azerbaijan, said that the government has three main areas of innovation through the deployment of digital infrastructure: DTH itself, e-government portal and central banking. Currently, the Azerbaijani government's only digital infrastructure initiative that relies on blockchain technology is regulated by the National Central Bank. Farid Osmanov, chief information officer at CBA, said that the government issued the National Plan for Extended Digital Payments 2018-2020 in September 2018, which is a road map for coordinating the technological advancement of digital banking. As a key condition for enabling digital banking services, the program outlines "a private blockchain framework with trusted nodes, license access and consensus services" for user identification. The pilot project of the CBA to advance the goals of the national program has three aspects: developing a strategic digital innovation plan, creating a blockchain-based digital identification system, and deploying blockchain hardware. The system is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2019.