Central African Republic adopts Bitcoin as legal tender Central African Republic adopts Bitcoin as legal tender

Central African Republic adopts Bitcoin as legal tender

Despite initial opposition, the National Assembly of CAR unanimously passed the bill to recognize Bitcoin as a legal tender.

Central African Republic adopts Bitcoin as legal tender

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The Central African Republic has officially become the second country to adopt Bitcoin (BTC) as legal tender.

According to reports from Forbes Monaco, the National Assembly unanimously passed the bill to make cryptocurrency a national currency as part of efforts to improve the economy and security of the country.

ย Binance CEOย Changpeng Zhao also confirmed the development, which means that businesses in the country can now accept the flagship digital asset for payments.

The bill was sponsored by Minister of finance and budget Calixte Nganongo and Minister of digital economy, post services, and telecommunications Gourna Zacko.

Beyond recognizing BTC as legal tender, it also provides a regulatory framework for crypto in the country โ€” another first on the African continent.

Bitcoinโ€™s volatility is not a barrier

According to Zacko, investing in digital assets could benefit millions of users despite crypto’s volatility. He said:

There are so many advantages in cryptocurrencies, of which I cannot mention all of them here, but first we would have to have the legal frameworks to allow any Central African to also benefit from this possibility of transferring money and receiving money.

Zacko added that:

New, avant-garde path of development and economic performance, a dynamic field which is popular among investors around the world and ever-present as full-fledged assets in the portfolios of the worldโ€™s largest financial players.

Opposition was initially against the bill

The unanimous legislative decision to support the bill came after initial opposition by some of the parties in parliament.

According to the government,ย  parliamentary groups Mouvement National des Indรฉpendants (MOUNI) and Mouvement Cล“urs Unis (MCU) eventually understood that adopting Bitcoin was in the countryโ€™s best interest.

Notably, the Central African country is one of the poorest countries in the world, with a population of about 5 million. The country’s situation is almost identical to that of El Salvador, where citizens are dependent on remittances from abroad.

As of press time, Bitcoin was trading for $39,220, down 1.4% in the lastย  24 hours.

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