Category Archives: Emerging Markets

Report: Nigerian Central Bank Targets Tenfold Increase in Number of CBDC Users, Governor Says Use of Cash Will ‘Dissipate to Zero’

By | August 23, 2022

Despite the apparent slow embrace of the e-naira digital currency by Nigerians, the Central Bank of Nigeria governor has said his institution is targeting a tenfold increase in the number of users of the digital currency in the next twelve months. The governor predicted that the use of cash will “dissipate to zero” while the… Read More »

Qatari National Blockchain Blueprint Spotlights Benefits of the Technology to Country’s Economy

By | August 19, 2022

Qatar’s recently released “National Blockchain Blueprint” has suggested that the technology, combined with a “solid regulatory framework,” can help the country build an innovative information technology (IT) sector. However, for this to happen, Qatar must implement recommendations laid out in the blueprint. Qatar Said to Be Well Placed to Become Blockchain Hub A blueprint jointly… Read More »

Kenya Has Highest Proportion of Crypto Owning Citizens in Africa UNCTAD Data Shows

By | July 10, 2022

The latest data from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) suggest that Kenya has the highest proportion of crypto-owning inhabitants than any other African country. To counter the growing use of cryptocurrencies, UNCTAD said it recommends the imposition of taxes that discourages crypto trading. ‘A Way to Protect Household Savings’ According to… Read More »

A Look at Why Venezuela Is the Third Country With the Most Crypto Adoption

By | May 28, 2021

Venezuela has been listed as the third country with the most cryptocurrency adoption in the world by Chainalysis in its 2020 report. With its citizens coping with crippling inflation and losing purchasing power, the country has taken a turn for these assets to survive. But what are the real numbers behind this crisis that made… Read More »

Crypto Savings Platform Ledn Raises $30 Million in Latest Funding Round

By | May 28, 2021

Ledn, a cryptocurrency lending and savings platform based in Canada, has managed to raise $30 million in its latest funding round. The money raised will be used to expand its offer of lending products, and to expand its reach in more countries. Ledn could take advantage of the recent problems that Blockfi, one of its… Read More »

Central Bank of Nigeria Governor Says “Digital Currency Will Come to Life” but Attacks Volatile Cryptocurrencies

By | May 26, 2021

Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Godwin Emefiele, says digital currency “will come to life even in Nigeria” just a few months after the central bank ordered banks to stop serving the crypto industry. While acknowledging his country’s position as one of the leading crypto markets in the world, Emefiele however insists his organization is… Read More »

Nigeria Bureau De Change Association Boss Accuses Speculators of Destabilizing the Naira— Says Central Bank Funding Will End Currency Woes

By | May 22, 2021

According to the head of the Nigerian group of bureau de change operators, the naira’s continued fall on the parallel market is down to the activities of speculators. However, Aminu Gwadabe, the president of the Association of Bureau de Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON), suggests that only a “massive funding” of bureau de change (BDC)… Read More »

Kenyan Regulator Commends Its Regulatory Sandbox— Says the Test Phase Enables It to Have Interactions With Innovators

By | May 21, 2021

According to a new report published by the Capital Markets Authority (CMA) of Kenya, the country’s regulatory sandbox has now received 24 applications, queries, and proposals since March 2019. From this total, only seven firms have been admitted into the sandbox, and “a few more (are now) in the final stages of review.” However, just… Read More »

Report: Over 100,000 African Youths Have Participated in Binance’s Crypto Education Initiative

By | May 20, 2021

According to reports, over 100,000 African youths have taken part in Binance’s crypto and blockchain education barely a year after the learning program was launched. Dubbed the Binance Masterclass, the education initiative is aimed at equipping newcomers with basic knowledge about cryptocurrencies. Also, as one report explains, the initiative seeks to stop young African traders… Read More »