Barbados has announced that it is expanding its diplomacy into the virtual world of metaverse. It is the first nation to establish a virtual embassy since the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade signed an agreement with Decentraland, a metaverse platform.
The deal with Ethereum-based Decentraland digital platform was approved in August and will be officially released in January 2022. This transition from real diplomacy to a virtual embassy will surely surprise some. Nevertheless, the Barbados are excited to extend their approach to metaverse diplomacy.
Why did they choose Decentraland?
Decentraland is known as the most popular and one of the largest metaverse platforms. The Ethereum-based Decentraland metaverse platform is a top metaverse ecosystem above any other virtual platform. Decentraland allows users to buy virtual land to build and sell.
However, Barbados does not stop there. The Ministry plans to conclude agreements with other blockchain platforms, such as Superworld, Somnium Space and others. As the first nation to create virtual land, the Barbados plan to build an embassy of virtual architecture that can be carried across the metaverse.
The agreement between Decentraland and Barbados allows the design of virtual embassies, road mapping and land acquisition. The plan is to extend the agreement to develop a virtual infrastructure for "e-visas" for travel to postmoderns and a "teleporter" that will allow players to travel to the different worlds of the blockchain. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, this goes to diplomacy in the technological and cultural sphere of digital art and commerce.
The discussion on the Barbados Virtual Embassy was attended by government agencies, the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Of course they evaluated the agreement in detail. They also hired legal advisers to ensure that the agreement complies with the Vienna Convention and international law.