Lugano mayor wants to follow in El Salvador’s footsteps
Lugano mayor wants to follow in El Salvador’s footsteps

Lugano mayor wants to follow in El Salvador’s footsteps

By Vincenzo Cacioppoli - 8 Sep 2022

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The mayor of Lugano, who legalized Bitcoin and Tether in March last year, is positioning his city to become a true global hub for cryptocurrencies.

Lugano: the mayor is increasingly focusing on cryptocurrencies

According to Michele Foletti, the city’s flamboyant mayor, Lugano is set to become a hub for cryptocurrencies and to follow the example of El Salvador, which in September last year decided to legalize Bitcoin as an official currency in the country. In a tweet from 7 September, the mayor celebrated the first anniversary of the historic decision made by President Nayib Bukele.

Lugano has long become one of the most open cities for events, exhibitions, conferences and case studies and use cases related to the world of blockchain and cryptocurrencies. The mayor, in March, passed the resounding decision that a great many services, starting with taxes and fines, can safely be paid in Bitcoin or Tether, for those who wish to do so. 

The fact that the city has partnered with Tether, which has long been under scrutiny, both for its corporate composition (it is headquartered in the Virgin Islands, one of the world’s last remaining tax havens) and for the composition of its capital escrow reserves, which many believe to be less than the approximately $67.5 billion in capitalization, which makes it the third most capitalized cryptocurrency after Bitcoin and Ethereum.

Lugano’s commitment to the spread of cryptocurrencies

Last summer, the city organized in-depth courses on cryptocurrencies and blockchain, called Plan ₿ summer. The courses, which were attended by about a hundred students from July 3 to 16, were designed to learn some of the most important techniques and secrets of the cryptocurrency business as it relates to the regulatory and technological implications they face.

The mayor is eager to establish the partnership with Tether to create an increasingly favorable ecosystem for cryptocurrencies in the Swiss-Italian city. As part of this ₿ Plan, which brings together the entire project related to the development of the crypto world in the city, Tether is creating a 100 million Swiss franc investment pool for startups wishing to develop the infrastructure needed to facilitate Bitcoin adoption and promote the position to companies that will bring expertise to the area.

In this way, Lugano, according to some, would like to compete with the Swiss-German city of Zug, north of Zurich, which is home to the famous blockchain development center “Crypto Valley.” It has been ranked as Europe’s fastest-growing tech community.

The partnership signed in March between Tether and the city of Lugano certainly aims to turn the city in the Canton of Ticino into a cryptocurrency capital of the world, on par with Dubai and Miami, where Mayor Francis Suarez, has long ruled that payments for many city services can also be made with cryptocurrencies and is himself getting part of his salary paid in Bitcoin.

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., 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.

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