The petro will be backed by strategic reserves of oil, gold, gas and diamonds — tangible support that the government hopes will help it fight both sanctions and Venezuela's high inflation rate.
"We joined the world of the 21st century," Maduro said as he unveiled the plan at a science and technology fair, according to Venezuelan state TV — which calls the petromoneda "the next step of the technological evolution of humanity" that will do away with banks' bureaucracy as well as paper money.
That's probably not going to work. Backing a blockchain with oil, gold, and diamonds would need oracles that report the supplies in a trustworthy manner. That seems an Achilles heel. There's no real advantage here, except perhaps of there was intrinsic transparency around the supply of tokens.