Venezuela Nationalizes Petro, Will Introduce Crypto-Based Salary System for Workers

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro recently revealed that the nation’s oil-backed cryptocurrency, the petro , will be used as a unit of account by the state oil company PDVSA. The government is also developing a new salary system that will allow employees to receive their wages in petro funds over fiat. “As of next Monday, Venezuela will have a second accounting unit based on the price and value of the petro.

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Ecobank Report Finds Significant Presence of Crypto in 36 African Countries

A report published by the pan-African bank, Ecobank Transnational Inc., has found that despite cryptocurrencies exerting a notable presence in each of the 36 African countries in which the company operates, only South Africa and Swaziland have adopted a “generally favorable and permissive [regulatory] stance” pertaining to cryptocurrencies.

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Crypto Friendly Policies Rapidly Drawing Companies to Thailand

Soon after Thailand adopted its regulations for cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings (ICOs), companies reportedly pile up to apply for licenses to operate in the country. According to the Thai Securities and Exchange Commission, about 50 ICO projects are seeking to launch, five portals plan to open for business and 20 crypto exchanges have applied for a license.

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