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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German BaFin official calls for ‘innovative’ EU-wide DeFi regulation

Birgit Rodolphe, an executive director at Germany’s Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) has called for innovative and uniform regulation of the decentralized finance (DeFi) space throughout the European Union (EU). BaFin is Germany’s financial regulatory body responsible for regulating banks, insurance firms, and financial institutions including cryptocurrency companies. BaFin is the issuer of “crypto custody licenses,” a permit required for firms wanting to offer cryptocurrency services within Germany. In an article on BaFin’s website Rodolphe warned of the risks to consumers of the unregulated DeFi space and called for standardized…

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Digital euro could come as soon as 2026 — ECB official

Fabio Panetta, an executive board member of the European Central Bank, or ECB, has said that a digital euro could come within four years, potentially designed with a person-to-person payment solution. In a Monday speech at the National College of Ireland, Panetta said the ECB could start the development and testing of solutions toward providing a digital euro for members of the European Union in 2023, a phase that could take up to three years. He added that making the digital currency legal tender and for use in P2P payments…

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ECB needs ‘globally coordinated regulatory action’ on crypto, says official

European Central Bank executive board member Fabio Panetta said lawmakers across the world must decide how to regulate cryptocurrencies based on potential risks. In a written statement for a speech to Columbia University on Monday, Panetta said global policymakers had made some progress in addressing regulatory frameworks on digital assets, but “not swiftly enough to keep pace with the emerging challenges.” According to the ECB official, the world needs crypto regulated based on anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism rules of the Financial Action Task Force, strengthening public…

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BoJ official says digital yen won’t be used to achieve negative interest rate

The Bank of Japan (BoJ) has said that its Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC), the digital yen, will not be used to help attain negative interest rates.  The BoJ’s Executive Director, Shinichi Uchida made the announcement in his most recent public speech. “While the idea of using such a functionality as a means to achieve a negative interest rate is sometimes discussed in academia, the Bank will not introduce CBDC on this ground.” Japan initially adopted negative interest rates in 2016 in an attempt to combat decades of deflation by…

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Bank of Japan official calls for G7 nations to adopt common crypto regulations

A senior official from the Bank of Japan (BOJ) has warned G7 nations that a common framework for regulating digital currencies needs to be put in place as quickly as possible.  G7 refers to the Group of Seven, an inter-governmental political forum made up of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. The statement comes in response to the continued conflict between Russia and Ukraine, as cryptocurrencies and their potential applications for skirting economic sanctions falls under increasing scrutiny. The head of the BOJ’s payment…

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Binance becomes official crypto exchange partner of 64th Grammy Awards

The Recording Academy, a major music recording company famous for its annual music awards Grammy Awards, has inked a partnership with Binance, the world’s largest crypto exchange by trading volumes. According to a joint announcement on Thursday, Binance became the first-ever official crypto exchange partner of the 64th Annual Grammy Awards and Grammy Week events to bring various Web3 technology solutions and experiences to the organization’s events and projects. The partnership was announced just a few days before the 64th Grammy Awards ceremony, which will take place on April 3…

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ECB official suggests importance of physical stores accepting digital euro

Fabio Panetta, an executive board member of the European Central Bank, said focus groups exploring the potential rollout of a digital euro hinted the ability to use the digital currency at online and physical stores could be a key feature. In a written statement released Wednesday, Panetta broke down the findings of ECB focus groups on digital payment methods commissioned in September 2021, which suggested people were more likely to accept a digital euro accepted in physical and online stores and allowed easy person-to-person payments. According to Panetta, all merchants…

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Russian government official calls to legalize mining ‘as soon as possible’

Russian Deputy Minister of Energy Evgeny Grabchak proposed eliminating the legal vacuum around crypto mining in the country and introducing clear regulation. This statement continues the recent streak of support for the crypto industry among the officials.  Speaking at the first national conference of legal crypto miners in Irkutsk on Saturday, Grabchak called for introducing the regulatory framework for the sector as soon as possible: “The legal vacuum makes it difficult to regulate this area and set clear rules of the game. This legal vacuum needs to be [eliminated] as…

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