Paraguay is about to make an important announcement concerning Bitcoin.
This was reported by local MP Carlitos Rejala in a tweet in which he says an important project to innovate the country will begin this week, citing BTC and PayPal.
Como ya lo decía hace un buen tiempo, nuestro país necesita avanzar de la mano de la nueva generación.
Llegó el momento, nuestro momento.
Esta semana empezamos con un proyecto importante para innovar a Paraguay frente al mundo!
— Carlitos Rejala (@carlitosrejala) June 7, 2021
For the occasion, Rejala also “wore” the now-famous laser eyes, worn by those who claim that the price of bitcoin will reach $100,000.
While there is no evidence that this is in any way related to the possibility of bitcoin being declared legal tender in the country, the fact that Rejala’s statements came just two days after the announcement of the president of El Salvador may suggest some connection.
Rejala himself, on his official Twitter profile, shared a retweet from last year of a tweet by El Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele, by whom Rejala clearly feels inspired.
The difference, however, is that Paraguay has its own local currency (the Guarani, PYG), while El Salvador has a currency that is now out of date and in fact only uses US dollars.
Paraguay becomes bitcoin-friendly
So perhaps rather than aiming to have bitcoin declared the country’s legal tender, Paraguay may be more interested in the potential benefits of becoming bitcoin-friendly, as El Salvador is also trying to do.
In particular, by eliminating capital gains taxes, many crypto companies might be interested in moving their headquarters to those countries, thus allowing them to attract new business.
We are talking about countries with a very low GDP per capita. Paraguay is ranked 97th out of 193 in the world, with about $6,000 per citizen per year, while El Salvador is 118th with $4,000.
Certainly for these countries attracting business is crucial, and since it could take little to attract new business simply by becoming bitcoin-friendly, this could be the real purpose of similar initiatives.
Moreover, Justin Sun has for example already stated that Tron will open an office in El Salvador.
— H.E. Justin Sun 孙宇晨 (@justinsuntron) June 7, 2021