Digital Assets: World Bank Snub Regardless, El Salvador Announces Bitcoin Wallets, ATMs

June 25, 2021 | Digital Assets, Latest News, News
https://dailyalts.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/E4sj6LYXoAYjaAa.jpg

President Nayib Bukele announces the Chivo bitcoin wallet for El Salvador citizens.

Speaking to the nation on Thursday, El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele said that bitcoin will become legal tender in El Salvador effective September 7. Bukele also gave details of the Chivo bitcoin wallet that Salvadoreans could use and which would be credited with a free $30 worth of bitcoin for signing up. (Business Insider)

It may be recalled that last week, the World Bank refused El Salvador’s request for technical assistance in implementing bitcoin as legal tender. Earlier, the IMF, which is evaluating a $1 billion line of aid to El Salvador, said “crypto assets can pose significant risks, and effective regulatory measures are very important when dealing with them.”

Nevertheless, President Bukele appears determined to chart his country’s adoption of bitcoin as legal tender – a global first.

Chivo wallet for El Salvador citizens

Bukele announced that citizens may use the country’s new and official digital wallet called Chivo to store cryptocurrencies.

In token of appreciation for signing up, each citizen would receive $30 as a free credit into the wallet once registration is complete.

The Chivo wallet is an app that works on both Android and iOS devices. It would be online on September 7.

Bitcoin not mandatory

However, a citizen doesn’t need to use bitcoin compulsorily and may continue to use the dollar which has so far been used as the country’s currency of exchange.

Bukele dismissed rumors that salaries and pensions would be henceforth be paid in bitcoin as a “dirty campaign.” These would still be paid in dollars and dollar-denominated bank accounts and deposits would continue as before.

However, users would be free to convert these dollars into bitcoin if required.

Bitcoin ATMs

Athena, which is based in Chicago, USA, will place 1,500 bitcoin ATMs around El Salvador to boost the country’s nascent crypto economy and to ensure liquidity.

The firm plans to invest over $1 million to install crypto ATMs in El Salvador, open a local office, and hire employees for its operations in the country.

The new ATMs would be, in the first instance, located in those regions that account for a high proportion of El Salvador’s inward foreign remittances.

Technical support

“The state will promote the training and the necessary mechanisms so that the population can access the benefits of bitcoin transactions,” said Bukele during the national broadcast. “Therefore, the State will improve the network connectivity.”

Related Story:  World Bank Refuses To Assist El Salvador In Bitcoin Implementation

Image credit: Twitter                                                  

Free Industry News

Subscribe to our free newsletter for updates and news about alternatives investments.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.


Shape

Latest Alternative Investment News

https://dailyalts.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/home-page-section-app.jpg
FinTech: UK-Based BNPL Player Zilch Closes Series B With Additional $110M
July 23, 2021     FinTech, News

The $110 million comprised both debt and equity capital. Zilch, the UK-based BNPL platform has raised an additional $110 million from Goldman Sachs and DMG Ventures. The funding is part…

https://dailyalts.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/dollar-2387088_640.jpg
Alternative Investments/Hedge Funds: Inflation Fears Boost Hedge Funds’ AUM To Nearly $4T
July 23, 2021     Alternative Investments, Hedge Funds, News

A market survey by alternatives technology provider Vidrio Financial shows that fears of inflation have helped move substantial fund allocations during the first half of 2021 to alternative assets such…

https://dailyalts.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/bitcoin-6251865_640.jpg
Alternative Investments/Digital: Global X Throws Its Hat In The Bitcoin ETF Ring

Global X, the New York-based ETF provider and subsidiary of $560 billion investment manager Mirae Asset, has filed with the SEC for permission to launch a bitcoin ETF titled the…

https://dailyalts.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/bitcoin-4011305_640.jpg
Digital Assets: Crypto Adoption Stories From JPMorgan, Gallup Poll, Bitcoin Depot, And UBS
July 23, 2021     Digital Assets, News

Four news bites that show cryptos are hanging on, recent crashes notwithstanding. From bitcoin ATMs to crypto FOMO, here goes….