Venezuelan Government Bodies to Accept Crypto

Decree gives entities 120 days to start accepting petro
13 April 2018   433

According to a statement by the government newspaper Official Gazette Venezuelan crypto currency "petro", backed by oil, should become legal tender within 120 days for all transactions made by state institutions - from ministries to airports, Bloomberg reports.

In addition, the Official Gazette says that the government will become the sole regulator of all crypto assets, and the newly created national Cryptocurrency treasury will be responsible for regulating all crypto activity - from issue to trading. In another statement published on Tuesday, the Venezuelan government reported that Abrahan Landaeta will become head of the Crypto currency treasury, and Anthony Camillio Torres is the chief in virtual currencies.

The decree is intended to facilitate the use of "petro", but there are certain obstacles to implementing this policy - the main aspects of the Venezuelan crypto currency are still kept secret, and many rating sites have already called it a scam. Last month, President Nicolas Maduro said that Venezuela had already received offers to buy tokens worth $ 5 billion from several countries, including China, Russia and Mexico - but no evidence has been provided so far.

With the help of "petro" Venezuela hopes to benefit from global blockade fever, as well as to withdraw its economy from a severe recession, which is accompanied by a rapid fall in the rate of the main Venezuelan currency. According to the IMF forecast, by the end of the year, inflation in Venezuela will reach 13,000%, and the country's GDP will decrease by 15%.

Most Crypto-Optimists Live in Norway, Bitflyer Study

According to bitFlyer's poll on future of crypto, europeans believes cryptocurrency has future
24 April 2019   107

Most Europeans believe that in ten years digital currencies will continue to be in demand, but they do not have the same confidence about Bitcoin. This is reported by Cryptonews, citing a study of the bitFlyer.

10 thousand people from ten European countries took part in the online survey. Of these, 63% believe in a “bright future” cryptocurrency. However, not all Europeans are confident in the future of Bitcoin - only 55% believe that the first cryptocurrency will exist in ten years.

It is also noteworthy that, despite the fall in prices of most cryptocurrencies that lasted for almost a year, the majority of respondents positively assessed the prospects for the development of the market.

Most of the “crypto-optimists” turned out to live in Norway - 73% of the inhabitants of this Scandinavian country are convinced that a decade later, digital currencies will still be in society. This is followed by Italy (68%), the Netherlands and Poland close the top four (67% each).

The percentage of consumers who believe cryptocurrencies will still exist in 10 years’ time
The percentage of consumers who believe cryptocurrencies will still exist in 10 years’ time

But the exact form of cryptocurrency will exist, almost no one knows. Only 8% believe that they will become money, and 7% - a tool for investment or a means of preserving value.

The fact that Bitcoin is not generating as much support as other cryptocurrencies is in part a symptom of the market’s volatility, but is also a direct impact of the constant media attention that is associated to its volatility.
 

Andy Bryant

COO, bitFlyer Europe

He also added that the study demonstrated how much remains to be done to increase public awareness of the benefits and opportunities of cryptocurrencies.