Thursday, April 9, 2020

Venezuela attempts to revive the economy by enabling crypto payment methods

The Takeaway:

Venezuela president announced that the central bank would soon enable the cryptocurrency payment method for citizens. Nicolas Maduro said that the method for free national and international payments would allow everyone to do banking transactions. The country’s major oil company is said to behind this step.

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Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro said in a televised press conference that the country’s government would soon enable the cryptocurrency payment method for citizens. The president further informed that the government has been using cryptocurrencies as a method for free national and international payments.

According to several reports, Venezuela’s central bank is running internal tests to see if they can hold cryptocurrencies in its reserves. Currently, US sanctions do not allow the country from making any international transactions. Maduro led government previously has been accused of using cryptocurrencies to get past US sanctions. 

The state-run oil and natural gas company, Petroleos de Venezuela SA, is said to be behind this step as the company is seeking payments in Bitcoin and Ethereum from its suppliers. 

Venezuela has been suffering from one of the worst hyperinflation crisis in history. As many as 3 million people have migrated from the country because of the unavailability of necessary supplies. Many people have turned to bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies to survive in the country. Earlier United States banned the use of the official cryptocurrency of Venezuela, Petro. 

Maduro said that Donald Trump and his sanctions are blocking Venezuela from carrying out transactions in any of the world’s banks. He added that their payment system works perfectly in China and Russia. Venezuela’s desperate attempts to revive the country’s economy have not produced any results so far. 

Let us know in comments what do you think about Venezuela’s step of introducing the crypto payment method.

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The article does not offer any investment advice. User discretion is advised when investing in or trading with cryptocurrency. Extensive and diligent research should be carried out by the reader before making a decision.

Harry Finnerty
Harry Finnerty
After completing his graduation from Strayer University, Harry started to work in the real estate industry. However, soon he realized that his real interest is in the financial industry and once he came to know about bitcoin and the technology behind it, he dedicated his life to understand and write about it.

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