Colombia: the new president is a Bitcoin supporter
Colombia: the new president is a Bitcoin supporter

Colombia: the new president is a Bitcoin supporter

By Stefania Stimolo - 23 Jun 2022

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The new President of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, who won the elections last Sunday, had spoken out in the past about Bitcoin, establishing himself as a supporter of the queen of crypto, as well as the underlying blockchain technology. 

Colombia’s new President is pro-Bitcoin

The new President of Colombia also wants to embrace Bitcoin in his own economy

Gustavo Petro is the new President of Colombia and, after winning the second round of Sunday’s runoff, he is pro-Bitcoin. 

In fact, back in 2017, Petro had already expressed himself about the crypto queen on Twitter as follows: 

“Bitcoin removes the power of issuance from the states and the seigniorage of the currency from the banks. It is a community currency that is based on the trust of those who make transactions with it, as it is based on the blockchain, trust is measured and grows, hence its strength”.

In essence, Petro had hinted that cryptocurrencies like BTC could take power away from the government and traditional banks and return it to the people.

Petro will replace Iván Duque Márquez as President of Colombia on 7 August, and will serve a four-year term. 

Gustavo Petro: “virtual currency is pure information and therefore energy”

Another speech by the new President of Colombia concerns the mining of Bitcoin. Again, it was October 2021, when Gustavo Petro posted on the social network of crypto-lovers to comment on Nayib Bukele’s choice to mine Bitcoin with geothermal energy from volcanoes. 

Here is what he said in his tweet:

“What if the Pacific coast were to take advantage of the steeply falling rivers of the western cordillera to produce all the energy of the coast and replace cocaine with energy for cryptocurrencies? Virtual currency is pure information and therefore energy”.

Colombia: one of the most active cryptocurrency trading nations in South America 

According to Usefultulips data, with around 52 million people living in the country, Colombia emerges as one of South America’s most active cryptocurrency trading nations. 

Not only that, last December 2021, Colombia’s main bank, Bancolombia, had entered into a partnership with Gemini, the US exchange of the Winklevoss twins.

A partnership that would have led to Colombian citizens being able to buy Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and Bitcoin Cash directly from their bank. In fact, customers of Bancolombia can buy cryptocurrencies using their bank account.

Stefania Stimolo

Graduated in Marketing and Communication, Stefania is an explorer of innovative opportunities. She started out as a Sales Assistant for e-commerce, and in 2016 she began to develop a passion for the digital world, initially in the Network Marketing sector, where she discovered and became passionate about the ideals behind Bitcoin and Blockchain technology, which lead her to work as a copywriter and translator for ICO projects and blogs, and organize introductory courses.

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