El Salvador Adds More Bitcoin to National Treasury, President Nayib Bukele Tweets

Bukele tweeted after Bitcoin price fell to $54,377 (roughly Rs. 40 lakh).

El Salvador Adds More Bitcoin to National Treasury, President Nayib Bukele Tweets

Photo Credit: Facebook/ Nayib Bukele

Nayib Bukele plans to build a Bitcoin City in El Salvador to promote crypto adoption

Highlights
  • El Salvador owns around 1,220 Bitcoin at the latest count
  • President Nayib Bukele has more plans for Bitcoin adoption
  • IMF has warned El Salvador against using Bitcoin as legal currency

Following a crash in Bitcoin value, the Central American nation of El Salvador purchased 100 Bitcoin to add to its treasury. The development came on Friday, November 27 after Bitcoin price fell to $54,377 (roughly Rs. 40 lakh) from its recently touched all-time high of $68,327.99 (roughly Rs. 50.5 lakh). Currently, El Salvador holds around 1,220 Bitcoin tokens worth around $70 million (roughly Rs. 524 crore) at the time of writing. Bitcoin is being used as a legal tender along the US Dollar in El Salvador since September this year.

Salvadoran president Nayib Bukele shared the news of this new discounted Bitcoin purchase on Twitter.

Last week, Bukele revealed his plans of building a "Bitcoin City" at the base of the Conchagua volcano, in order to power Bitcoin mining with renewable energy.

Bukele's vision of rapidly regularising Bitcoin in El Salvador has, however, found itself at the receiving end of criticism and warnings at a time several nations like India are mulling over the legitimacy and regulation of the crypto space.

Recently, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned El Salvador to stop using Bitcoin as a legal tender.

"Given Bitcoin's high price volatility, its use as a legal tender entails significant risks to consumer protection, financial integrity, and financial stability. Its use also gives rise to fiscal contingent liabilities. Because of those risks, Bitcoin should not be used as a legal tender. Staff recommends narrowing the scope of the bitcoin law and urges strengthening the regulation and supervision of the new payment ecosystem,” the IMF had said.

In a bid to drive Bitcoin adoption, El Salvador gave $30 (roughly Rs. 2,221) worth of Bitcoin to all its citizens who downloaded and registered on the government-backed Chivo e-wallet. The country now has over 200 Bitcoin ATMs installed within its boundaries.

Meanwhile, Bitcoin is currently trading at $57,426 (roughly Rs. 43 lakh) on the international exchange CoinMarketCap.

It fell down in value last week after a crypto ban scare emerged from India, via a bill pending to be discussed in the parliament that likely proposes a ban on “private cryptocurrencies” from operating in the nation.


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