CFTC brings $1.7B fraud case involving Bitcoin against South African national

The United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission, or CFTC, has taken enforcement action against a South African national in what the regulatory body called its “largest fraudulent scheme involving Bitcoin.” In a Thursday announcement, the CFTC said it had filed a civil enforcement action in federal court for fraud and registration violations against Cornelius Johannes Steynberg. The South African national allegedly created and operated a global foreign currency commodity pool totaling more than $1.7 billion, and only allowing participants to pay using Bitcoin (BTC). The CFTC alleged that Steynberg used…

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Central African Republic president launches crypto initiative following Bitcoin adoption

Faustin-Archange Touadéra, president of the Central African Republic, has announced the government will be backing an initiative centered around developing the country’s blockchain infrastructure. In a Monday announcement on Twitter, Touadéra said the CAR government would be launching Sango, a crypto initiative proposed following the country’s adoption of Bitcoin (BTC) as legal tender in April. According to Sango’s website, the government intends to launch the program during a July 3 event in which the president, members of his cabinet and industry experts will discuss the physical and digital infrastructure needed…

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Central African Republic to tokenize the nation’s natural resources

The Central African Republic (CAR) has announced plans to proceed with its ambitious Sango Project by tokenizing access to the country’s abundant natural resources. President Faustin-Archange Touadéra posted a photograph of a statement on his official Twitter account Thursday detailing the next steps in the project.  The statement, signed by Minister of State and Cabinet Chief of Staff Obed Namsio, read in part:  “We are giving everyone access to the riches of our land. In other words, we are transforming them into equally valuable and important digital assets through an…

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World Bank won’t support Central African Republic’s Sango crypto hub

The World Bank has signalled its concerns over the Central African Republic (CAR) adopting Bitcoin (BTC) as a legal currency and says it won’t support the newly announced “Sango” crypto hub. At the end of April CAR president Faustin-Archange Touadéra established a regulatory framework for cryptocurrency in the country and adopted Bitcoin as a legal tender. On May 24 he announced a plan to launch the country’s first crypto hub called “Sango”. Sango is described as the country’s first “Crypto Initiative” — a legal hub for crypto related businesses encompassing…

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An Island for Cryptocurrency and DeFi Talent is Set to Open in the Central African Republic 

The CV-19 lockdown situation has brought about a global shift in how work is completed. With countries forced to go on lockdown for months, there was, unfortunately, a need to lay off workers in key industries. However, many tech companies decided to introduce the concept of a WFH (Work from Home) policy to retain talent. Some sectors suffered economically during the pandemic. For certain sectors, like the cryptocurrency industry, the global cryptocurrency market size was USD 826.6 million in 2020 and fluctuated greatly.  One of the key effects of CV-19,…

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Central African Republic to launch official crypto hub ‘Sango’

Shortly after approving Bitcoin (BTC) as legal tender in the Central African Republic (CAR), the local government is moving to provide the digital currency infrastructure. CAR President Faustin-Archange Touadera took to Twitter on May 24 to announce the upcoming launch of the country’s first major crypto initiative dubbed “Sango.” The creation of the CAR’s crypto hub comes soon after the National Assembly unanimously adopted Bitcoin as legal tender, Touadera noted. Following the unanimously adoption by the National Assembly of the #BTC legal tender status, we are pleased to showcase the…

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Venture funding for African crypto startups grew 11x in 2022: Report

As the African region continues to adopt crypto and blockchain, more venture funding flowed into the continent in 2022’s first quarter compared to the first quarter of 2021, according to a new report by blockchain-investment firm Crypto Valley Venture Capital (CV VC) and Standard Bank.  The report, titled “The African Blockchain Report 2021,” shows that blockchain startups were able to raise $91 million within 2022’s first quarter. Compared to the first quarter of 2021, this year showed a 1,668% year-on-year (YoY) increase in cash inflow compared to 2021’s YoY of…

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Backed by Coinbase and Alameda, African exchange MARA eyes continental prospects

East Africa is set to welcome a new cryptocurrency exchange backed by a formidable list of industry heavyweights looking to tap into a continent full of potential users. Coinbase Ventures, Alameda Research, Huobi Ventures and other prominent venture capital firms and angel investors have contributed $23 million to launch MARA. The exchange will initially operate in Kenya and Nigeria, offering new users a basic exchange platform to acquire, trade and withdraw cryptocurrencies. The platform will offer a professional exchange featuring extensive trading options and technical analysis tools for more experienced…

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Central African bank scolds the CAR for Bitcoin adoption

The governor of the Bank of Central African States (Banque des États de l’Afrique Centrale, BEAC) has issued a scathing letter to the Central African Republic (CAR) regarding the country’s adoption of cryptocurrencies. In a letter addressed to the CAR Finance Minister Hervé Ndoba, the Governor of the BEAC Abbas Mahamat Tolli describes the “substantial negative impact” that the CAR adopting crypto will have on the monetary union of Central Africa. The CAR passed a bill announcing its intention to adopt cryptocurrencies in April. No surprise that the International Monetary Fund…

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Solana NFT Okay Bears tops charts, South African wine NFTs rake it in and more

Okay Bears, a Solana-powered NFT, managed to top OpenSea’s 24-hour sales tracker for the first time earlier today, beating out all other Ethereum (ETH) projects on offer.  It’s the first time a Solana (SOL) NFT project has reached the top spot in popular NFT marketplace OpenSea’s 24-hour sales tracker. .@okaybears No.1 on the OpenSea 24h rankings A @solana project has topped OpenSea’s market-wide 24h sales tracker for the first time! Check out the latest featured Solana collections on our dedicated SOL page: https://t.co/gteXeNRocn pic.twitter.com/1duEDQyxyn — OpenSea (@opensea) April 27, 2022…

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