Central African Republic’s Bitcoin Adoption Will Be A Real Test Case: Here’s Why

Central African Republic’s Bitcoin Adoption Will Be A Real Test Case: Here’s Why

Among the poorest, the African country is likely to serve as a case study on bitcoin adoption in under-developed and politically unstable regions.

The Central African Republic has become the first country in Africa and second in the world after El Salvador to adopt bitcoin as a legal tender. Among the poorest in the world, the African country is likely to serve as a case study on bitcoin adoption in under-developed and politically unstable regions.

Central African Republic’s move towards bitcoin is surprising since it is not among the top African countries in crypto adoption and did not have any supporting infrastructure before the announcement.

A recent Chainalysis data showed Kenya, South Africa, and Nigeria among the top 10 countries in the world for cryptocurrency use.

Reports said that President Faustin Archange Touadera signed a law to make bitcoin an official currency alongside the CFA Franc and legalise cryptocurrencies.

“This move places the Central African Republic on the map of the world’s boldest and most visionary countries,” the Presidential office said.

Significantly, the civil war-infested country is currently under an IMF-monitored financial reform programme. The IMF has opposed the adoption of bitcoin or any cryptocurrency, calling them ‘significant financial risks’.

“In the last decade, many economically-handicapped countries switched over to the US dollar. Now, people – and governments in particular – are looking at cryptocurrencies as the problem solver,” crypto expert Anndy Lian told NDTV.

In the case of the Central African Republic, the oft-repeated charge of former colonial power France’s overreaching economic influence could have been one of the triggers for legalising bitcoin.

However, there is no official statement yet linking the move to the flaws in the France-supported CFA Franc ecosystem.

While Mr Lian believes bitcoin is a good hedge against country-specific risks, he cautioned that bitcoin could only be a mid-way solution for economic stabilisation.

“Bitcoin can help build the economy in the short run. In the long term, countries need to innovate with a localised, sustainable model,” he said.

The African nation’s troubles are poor internet penetration and a high unbanked population – two metrics detrimental to adopting a sophisticated technology like bitcoin.

According to a Datareportal report, internet penetration stood at a mere 11.4% in January 2021, while the IMF estimates that 99% of the population is unbanked.

A look at the situation in El Salvador, which on September 7 last year became the first country to adopt bitcoin as a legal tender, suggests that bitcoin as a currency has not yet gained wider acceptance among the general public.

As per a National Bureau of Economic Research survey, the “usage of bitcoin for everyday transactions is low and is concentrated among the banked, educated, young, and male population”.

About 70% of El Salvador is unbanked. Interestingly, the government had supported the adoption of bitcoin to enable greater financial inclusion.

Original Source: https://www.ndtv.com/business/central-african-republics-bitcoin-adoption-will-be-a-real-test-case-heres-why-2927618

Anndy Lian is an early blockchain adopter and experienced serial entrepreneur who is known for his work in the government sector. He is a best selling book author “Blockchain Revolution 2030”.

Currently, he is appointed as the Chief Digital Advisor at Mongolia Productivity Organization, championing national digitization. Prior to his current appointments, he was the Chairman of BigONE Exchange, a global top 30 ranked crypto spot exchange and was also the Advisory Board Member for Hyundai DAC, the blockchain arm of South Korea’s largest car manufacturer Hyundai Motor Group. Lian played a pivotal role as the Blockchain Advisor for Asian Productivity Organisation (APO), an intergovernmental organization committed to improving productivity in the Asia-Pacific region.

An avid supporter of incubating start-ups, Anndy has also been a private investor for the past eight years. With a growth investment mindset, Anndy strategically demonstrates this in the companies he chooses to be involved with. He believes that what he is doing through blockchain technology currently will revolutionise and redefine traditional businesses. He also believes that the blockchain industry has to be “redecentralised”.

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Anndy Lian Shared his views on the role of Central Bank Digital Currencies and Cryptocurrencies at Singapore Cloud & Datacenter Digital Summit

Anndy Lian Shared his views on the role of Central Bank Digital Currencies and Cryptocurrencies at Singapore Cloud & Datacenter Digital Summit

Anndy Lian moderated a session on Fintech Market Analysis: The Impact of Interconnectivity in Singapore at the Singapore Cloud & Datacenter Digital Summit on 26 November 2020. In his speech, he shared his views future of the Fintech market and the role of Central Bank Digital Currencies and Cryptocurrencies (CBDC).

“I think at the right time, and when there is a demand for cryptocurrency payments is there, it will drive the market towards crypto adoption. CBDC is the start of another evolution.” Anndy Lian commented.

Joel Yarbrough added, “Personally, I think the most compelling use case is CBDC. The digitalisation of currency helping cross border trading 24/7 with transparent foreign exchange is incredibly powerful.”

Anndy shared further that he is still advising governments in the region on blockchain matters and the more innovative ones are looking at using core crypto coins, e.g. XRP, BNB, LTC or stable coins to act as a bridge asset to exchange digital fiat aligned to their CBDC initiatives. He also highlighted separately that blockchain and cryptocurrencies companies must take the first step to showcase how their coin and technology can help the formation of the future CBDCs.

This session came at the right time where the pandemic COVID19 accelerates Singapore’s digital push. The drive for digitisation is more substantial than before and behind the powerful force is Singapore’s Government taking the lead and setting aside more than S$500m to assist Singaporeans and local businesses manage the crisis through digital transformation. Today at another media interview, Sopnendu Mohanty, Chief Fintech Officer, Monetary Authority of Singapore mentioned that year to date, there are already $1.3 billion of Fintech investments made.

The panel lead by Anndy Lian (Hyundai DAC Technology) and with panellists Khuan Yew Lee (Fave), Joel Yarbrough (Rapyd) and Varun Mittal (EY) discussed topics like:

1. What’s driving the growth of contactless payments in the digital transformation of Singapore?

2. Fintech is an ever-evolving industry, with its mandate broadening with each iteration (1.0, 2.0 and now 3.0). At the same time, early fintech players like Paypal are at no risk of going out-of-date due to the evergreen necessity of payment platforms. Where do you see the most significant potential for fintech expansion in Singapore?

3. Many estimations are putting the adoption rate of digital payment platforms at an all-time high. Even for cloud-native companies, this presents capacity challenges. How do you deal with speeding up deployment to match this demand?

4. How do you see the embrace of blockchain influencing the fintech market (more than it already has)?

Singapore Cloud & Datacenter Digital Summit has brought the top 200 IT and data centre professionals to hear from industry leaders and new entrants on what to expect from a hub market, the downstream opportunities to the edge markets, and the innovation of technology in the space of Cloud Computing, connectivity, cybersecurity and data centres. Other speakers include: Daryl Pereira (KPMG Singapore), Palaniappan Muthuraman (Piller Power Singapore Pte. Ltd), Clement Goh (ST Telemedia Global Data Centres), Atul Babu (PCCW Solutions Limited), Anthony Hodge (Standard Chartered Bank)

BLOCKCAST reported this session. BLOCKCAST.CC a broadcasting news source for the blockchain community founded in Singapore.

About Anndy Lian:

Anndy Lian is an early blockchain adopter and experienced serial blockchain entrepreneur who is known for his work in the government sector. He is a best selling book author “Blockchain Revolution 2030” and currently the Advisory Board Member of Hyundai DAC Technology. He plays a pivotal role as the Blockchain Advisor for Asian Productivity Organisation (APO), an intergovernmental organisation committed to improving productivity in the Asia-Pacific region. Anndy is also part of the Gyeongsangbuk-do Blockchain Special Committee, Government of Republic Korea, together with industry experts such as Brock Pierce. You can read more about Anndy’s work at www.anndy.com

Anndy Lian is an early blockchain adopter and experienced serial entrepreneur who is known for his work in the government sector. He is a best selling book author “Blockchain Revolution 2030”.

Currently, he is appointed as the Chief Digital Advisor at Mongolia Productivity Organization, championing national digitization. Prior to his current appointments, he was the Chairman of BigONE Exchange, a global top 30 ranked crypto spot exchange and was also the Advisory Board Member for Hyundai DAC, the blockchain arm of South Korea’s largest car manufacturer Hyundai Motor Group. Lian played a pivotal role as the Blockchain Advisor for Asian Productivity Organisation (APO), an intergovernmental organization committed to improving productivity in the Asia-Pacific region.

An avid supporter of incubating start-ups, Anndy has also been a private investor for the past eight years. With a growth investment mindset, Anndy strategically demonstrates this in the companies he chooses to be involved with. He believes that what he is doing through blockchain technology currently will revolutionise and redefine traditional businesses. He also believes that the blockchain industry has to be “redecentralised”.

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