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El Salvador, Bitcoin adoption grows

The decision to be the first country to allow Bitcoin to be legal tender seems to be finding favour with the majority of El Salvador‘s citizens, as evidenced by growing adoption

Bitcoin Adoption, El Salvador leads the world

The country’s president, Nayib Bukele, the protagonist of this revolutionary decision, was the one who gave the news. On November 14th, he enthusiastically announced that Salvadorans are the world leader in using Bitcoin.

The latest was the German ambassador in El Salvador, Peter Woeste, who posted a picture on Twitter of himself making a purchase using Bitcoin.

After some initial difficulties and some protests from citizens, it now seems that the adoption of Bitcoin is becoming more and more common, even for making small purchases in the Central American country.

El Salvador Attracts Investors to Bitcoin

In the past two months, the government has tried to facilitate as much as possible both the adoption of the cryptocurrency and the activities related to it, such as mining. And many foreign crypto investors seem to be interested.

El Salvador’s vice-president, Félix Ulloa, said a few days ago:

“People from Asia, from South America, from Russia, they are interested in investing in El Salvador”.

To entice investors and crypto miners, Bukele has always used his favourite medium, Twitter, to announce incentives and favourable laws such as the cancellation of capital gains tax for Bitcoin or the granting of immediate permanent residency for all entrepreneurs in digital currencies interested in transferring their business to the Central American country. 

Ulloa, in his interview with the British newspaper Politico, had this to say:

“A Swiss investor told me that they are interested in bringing about 13,000 and 15,000 machines to produce the Bitcoin”.

Bitcoin El salvador
Felix Ulloa

But there are still problems 

There are still many problems, one of which being the great expenditure of energy that mining requires, which the country would like to address with a project to exploit the geothermal energy of volcanoes.

Another problem is the potential use of the mine by drug cartels in an area where drug trafficking is widespread, according to Ricardo Navarro, head of the environmental NGO Salvadoran Center for Appropriate: 

“700 kilos of cocaine recently seized by Spanish authorities, which came from El Salvador”.

Finally, there is the big problem of the extreme volatility of Bitcoin, which could affect the purchasing power of citizens. A problem that even Vice President Ulloa admitted. 

“How can you assure [regular payments]? You can be now at $66,000 and tomorrow you can be at $40,000, and that is one of the criticisms of this currency”.

In an attempt to address this concern, the government will issue a tender to anyone who can offer a financial contract to keep the value of Bitcoin stable for salary and pension payments.

But these future contracts could also be used to cover any losses to the public coffers, considering that the Treasury currently owns around 700 Bitcoin.

Vincenzo Cacioppoli
Vincenzo Cacioppoli
Vincenzo was born in Genova but lived most of his life in Milan. He has a degree in political science. He is a journalist, blogger, writer, and marketing and digital advertising expert. After a long experience in traditional marketing, he started working with the web and digital advertising in 2011, creating a company called Le enfants. Passionate about the web and innovation, in 2018 he started exploring the topics related to blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies. Independent cryptocurrency trader since March 2018, he now collaborates with companies in the sector as a content marketing specialist. In his blog. mediateccando.blogspot.com, he has long been primarily focused on blockchain, which he considers to be the greatest technological innovation after the Internet. His first book about blockchain and fintech is scheduled for release in November.