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CAR’s president remains unfazed by the crypto market downturn Abdulrasaq Ariwoola · 54 mins ago · 2 min read

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The president of Central African Republic hints at his continued support for bitcoin in a tweet despite the negative state of the crypto market.

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Updated: June 16, 2022 at 2:55 am

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Central African Republic (CAR) president Faustin-Archange Touadéra has, in a tweet, suggested that he remains unfazed by the crypto market downturn.

Understanding #Bitcoin is crucial to acknowledge its disruptive power to bring long term prosperity. Mathematics don’t account for human emotions.Future generations will look behind at these very moments to 🥳 our strength & unity in choosing the right path during hard times #BTC

— Faustin-Archange Touadéra (@FA_Touadera) June 14, 2022

The tweet is a reaction to the continued crypto winter, which has seen the total market valuation drop below $1 trillion. The president has been a long-term advocate, and his continued support seems strong despite the economic downturn.

CAR bitcoin adoption

On April 27th, 2021, the central African country announced its adoption of bitcoin as a legal tender. The move made it the first African country and the second in the world, after El Salvador, to legalize the use of Bitcoin.

In a released statement, the president’s office referred to the adoption as:

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“a decisive step towards opening up new opportunities.”

Expectedly, the economic merits of the adoption drew a lot of criticism and concerns—most of the concerns centered on whether Bitcoin is likely to solve the country’s financial problems.

However, it is not publicly known if the country had acquired bitcoins and taken the same route as El Salvador. This is could have a considerable impact as the country is one of the poorest in the world.

Conversely, since September 2021, El Salvador has invested more than $104 million in bitcoin for its treasury. However, the country’s holding has halved in value due to the extreme market conditions.

Meanwhile, adoption in CAR, much like in El Salvador, has been slow. Nonetheless, the president of both countries continue to push with missionary zeal.

A catalyst for technological adoption

Despite its adoption, the war-torn country still lacks the technological infrastructure to support the bitcoin adoption. Therefore, it has held onto its crypto adoption as a likely catalyst for fast-paced development.

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In a tweet on May 2022, the president announced plans for a project, “Sango,” which he said, “has the potential to reshape CAR’s financial system.” Sango, after completion, is expected to serve as a “legal Crypto Hub” for businesses and crypto-enthusiasts, the president said.

However, the project’s website offers little insight on how it would operate, leaving a lot of questions unanswered.

CAR recently signed a deal with neighboring Cameroon to share its fiber-optic network in 2023. In addition, it plans to install fiber-optic networks by the end of 2023 to improve technological access.

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Albania To Start Taxing Crypto-Related Income From 2023

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Albania To Start Taxing Crypto-Related Income From 2023

Authorities in Albania are finalizing regulations that will allow the taxation of income and profits from cryptocurrency investments. The government intends to begin imposing the levy in 2023, after adopting the necessary legislation which has been proposed for public consultations.

Albania Set to Impose Crypto Tax as Early as Next Year

The Albanian state should begin collecting taxes on income from crypto assets as of 2023 in accordance with a new income tax bill, the local English-language portal Exit News reported on Friday. The government also hopes to pass a number of other laws and bylaws this year in order to comprehensively regulate the matter.

The special tax legislation is currently open for public consultations. It introduces the concept of taxing crypto holdings and income derived from virtual assets. The latter have been defined as “a digital representation of a value that can be deposited, traded or transferred in digital form, and that can be used for payment or investment purposes or as a medium of exchange, including but not limited to cryptocurrencies.”

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However, the definition does not cover central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), the report notes. That’s despite a growing number of monetary authorities around the world developing a digital version of their national fiats. The list includes major powers such as the United States, the European Union, China, and the Russian Federation.

The Albanian law also defines cryptocurrency mining as an activity using computing power to confirm transactions and gain virtual assets in exchange. The extraction of cryptocurrencies has been a grey area although law enforcement has been going after illegal mining facilities in the country and pressed charges against some of their operators.

Under the new legislation, any income from crypto transactions or mining will be classified as corporate income when it’s received as a result of business activity. And when the beneficiaries are private individuals, they will have to pay capital gains tax of 15%.

Financial Watchdog Tasked to Expand Crypto Regulatory Framework

Earlier this month, the Albanian parliament ordered the Financial Supervisory Authority (AFSA) to prepare and adopt new regulations regarding cryptocurrencies by the end of 2022. Albanian law allows crypto trading platforms to legally work in the country but no licensed entities are currently operating in Albania, Exit News remarked.

Two years ago, Albania also adopted a law titled “Financial markets based on distributed ledger technology.” While many have welcomed the legislation, critics have questioned whether the small nation in South East Europe, still an EU hopeful, is capable of properly regulating its crypto sector to prevent it from being used for money laundering, something it’s struggling to achieve in the fiat space.

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The legislature referenced a recent report by the Council of Europe’s Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism (Moneyval), which recommended additional steps regarding the risks associated with cryptocurrency. In November 2021, the AFSA approved its first two regulations implementing the crypto markets law, which introduced capital and licensing requirements for entities working with digital assets.

Do you expect Albania to adopt comprehensive regulations for its crypto space by the end of the year? Tell us in the comments section below.

Lubomir Tassev

Lubomir Tassev is a journalist from tech-savvy Eastern Europe who likes Hitchens’s quote: “Being a writer is what I am, rather than what I do.” Besides crypto, blockchain and fintech, international politics and economics are two other sources of inspiration.

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NHL enters the NFT space partnering with Marketplace Sweet

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The NHL partnership with Sweet will offer a variety of digital collectible experiences to its fans, tradable in the marketplace

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Updated: June 25, 2022 at 3:59 am

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The National Hockey League on Thursday announced its partnership with NFT Marketplace Sweet. This partnership will be the league’s first dive into digital collectibles.

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The partnership, of which the NHL’s players and Alumni’s association are part, will go live in October to mark the start of the 2022-2033 NHL season.

The NHL Marketplace

The NFT marketplace is expected to offer a range of experiences to NHL fans. Including digital collectibles that showcase historical moments, past and present season game highlights, and NHL stars top plays.

The marketplace will also feature gamified collection experiences, specialty packs, and 3D interactive trophy rooms where users can display their collections. Among these offerings there are also dynamic NFTs designed to change based on current team data.

Additionally, fans would be able to buy, sell, collect and trade the collectibles on the marketplace.

However, the announcement did not state which blockchain would host the marketplace.

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NFTs in the sporting space

The NHL  joins a long list of sporting institutions that have embraced digital collectibles.

In 2020, the NBA launched Top Shot NFTs, its digital collectibles marketplace, in partnership with DapperLabs. Likewise, the NFL launched its play and own NFT game while the MLB is to launch its NFT game soon.

However, the extreme sell-off in the crypto market has seen crypto companies pull out of sports deals. This is so as crypto companies strive to stay afloat as the severe sell-off continues in the market.

FTX recently pulled out of a partnership deal with Los Angeles Angels. Similarly, sources suggest a patch deal between NBA Washington Wizards and a crypto company has crashed.

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Japanese Virtual IP Firm Raises $10 Million To Accelerate Metaverse Business

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Japanese Virtual IP Firm Raises $10 Million To Accelerate Metaverse Business

Brave Group Inc., a Japanese virtual IP firm, recently said it had raised $10 million in new capital and that the company expects to use part of these funds to boost its “solution services for clients in the metaverse marketing business.” Taking part in Brave Group’s latest funding round were two local companies, foreign investment funds, as well as individual investors.

Metaverse Market Growth

A Japan-based virtual IP business, Brave Group Inc., recently said it had raised $10 million in new funding, thus bringing the total raised so far to $18 million. The company is set to use the new capital to strengthen its existing business operations and to “expand its solution services for clients in the metaverse marketing business.”

In a recent statement, Brave Group revealed that Japanese companies like Dawn Capital and Osaka Gas Co. Ltd. had participated in the round that also featured “foreign investment funds and individual investors.” In remarks following the announcement of the capital raise, Kazuhiro Ishikura, a general partner at Dawn Capital, said:

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As the boundary between real and virtual life disappears, the form of entertainment will also change, and new IP content KOLs are expected to be born. As the metaverse market grows globally, we believe that the Brave group’s content will be at the center of the enthusiastic virtual communities that will emerge. We hope that the strength of the anime and manga culture that Japan has cultivated over the years will be brought to the world virtually.

Yuichi Sakamoto, senior general manager with Osaka Gas’ innovation department, is quoted stating his company is ready to help Brave Group Inc. “realize lifestyles and businesses that respond to the New Normal.”

For his part, the CEO of Brave Group Inc., Keito Noguchi, said through the $10 million fundraise, his company would now “maximize the impact of Brave group’s IP not only in Japan but also in the world.”

What are your thoughts on this story? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Terence Zimwara

Terence Zimwara is a Zimbabwe award-winning journalist, author and writer. He has written extensively about the economic troubles of some African countries as well as how digital currencies can provide Africans with an escape route.

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