Venezuelan miners must register with authorities

Registration for miners is the first step of big legal framework for cryptocurrencies in Venezuela
14 December 2017   1927

Due to hyperinflation and financial crysis, cryptocurrency and mining had become very popular in Venezuela. And as we all know, when cryptocurrency becomes popular in any country, governments always try to regulate, as they see it. Venezuela is not an exception. 

The Venezuelan government is working on the legal framework to tax and regulate cryptocurrency mining. As a first step, it is trying to create a detailed registry of the country's miners. Carlos Vargas, recently appointed as the first "superintendent of Venezuelan cryptocurrency" by President Nicolás Maduro, announced the plan at a press conference on Tuesday. This is reported by the Crypto Noticias. 

We want to know who they are, we want to know where they are, we want to know what equipment they are using. 
 

Carlos Vargas

Venezuelan Government

Additionally, Venezuelan police have continued arresting cryptocurrency miners.

On December 9, a police team raided a warehouse in the city of Barquisimeto, seizing 21 mining computers and arresting 31-year-old Daniel Andrés Di Bartolomeo Viloria. He was accused of money laundering, illicit enrichment, computer crimes, financing terrorism, exchange fraud, and damage to the national electric system.

Digital currency is not endorsed by any banking institution in the world nor has it been approved by any country. The currency is being marketed with legal appearance but in essence it operates in secret.
 

Venezuelan Police Statement

Proponents of the new registry say it will create a way for bitcoin miners to operate with legal protections.

Iran to Issue Over 1000 Mining Licenses

Amir Hossein Saeedi Naeini from Iranian ICT Guild Organization said that crypto mining industry attracts many in Iran
27 January 2020   184

Over the past six months, the Iranian Ministry of Industry has issued more than 1000 cryptocurrency mining licenses. This was announced by Amir Hossein Saeedi Naeini, representative of the ICT Guild Organization.

According to him, cryptocurrency mining is a new industry that attracts many in Iran. He noted that miners must obtain a license to work.

The Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade has issued more than 1,000 licenses for cryptocurrency mining in the country. Our studies show that the crypto mining industry has the potential to add $8.5 billion to the economy.

 

Amir Hossein Saeedi Naeini

 ICT Guild Organization

 He believes that the cryptocurrency industry can help Iran's economy. However, he explained that the high cost of electricity is a serious problem for cryptocurrency miners.

High electricity tariffs plus stringent regulations have made the sector less appealing for small investors.

 

Amir Hossein Saeedi Naeini

 ICT Guild Organization

 He expressed the opinion that “the operating conditions in this industry should not be such that only large capitalists enter the cryptocurrency mining market but that all miners can operate.” He emphasized that changing electricity tariffs could stimulate the mining industry to generate more revenue.