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Central African Republic Token Sale Off To Slow Start — $1.26 Million Raised In Under 5 Days

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Central African Republic Token Sale Off To Slow Start — $1.26 Million Raised In Under 5 Days

The Central African Republic’s token sale appeared to have gotten to a slow start after less than 13 million out of the 210 million Sango coins were sold since the commencement of the sale on July 25. The country has claimed its decision to adopt bitcoin has won praise from “other African countries exploring the possibilities of adopting a similar system.”

Just Over $1.2 Million Raised Since Token Sale Commenced

The sale of the Central African Republic (CAR)’s Sango crypto token, which commenced on July 25, has reportedly started off slowly with just under 13 million coins having been sold to date. With the initial selling price set at $0.10 per coin, it means the CAR has now raised approximately $1.26 million since the commencement of the sale, a website tracking the token sale has shown.

As previously reported by Bitcoin.com News, investors that wish to acquire their share of the 210 million Sango coins on offer must fork out a minimum of $500. Prospective buyers can pay using BTC or ETH.

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While details about the coin sale as well as the technology used to anchor the crypto token remain murky, a press statement released by a team that is promoting the project appeared to address these and other concerns. In the statement, the CAR team starts by addressing reports that the Sango coin is backed by bitcoin. The CAR team said:

SANGO, the coin of the Sango sidechain, will be fractionally backed by Bitcoin, which in simple terms means that the Central African Republic Treasury will consist of a Bitcoin reserve fund.

Being backed by bitcoin, therefore, means “Sango will be able to operate with wrapped Bitcoin (s-BTC) in the Sango ecosystem.”

Sango Immune to De-Pegging Risk

According to the CAR’s leadership, bitcoin is an “optimal solution for a digital store of value, allowing citizens to democratize money and currency.” The press release also said, “benefits include, partial decentralization and no risks of de-pegs, differentiating SANGO from stablecoins and CBDCs and ensuring that current monetary problems will be surpassed.”

In the press statement, the Sango team acknowledges that while the CAR has received a backlash over its decision to make bitcoin legal tender. However, in the press release, the team claimed the move has attracted the attention of leading figures in the crypto industry like Changpeng Zhao and Michael Saylor.

The statement also claimed the CAR has also been praised by “other African countries exploring the possibilities of adopting a similar system.” However, the statement does not reveal the names of the said countries.

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Speculators And Crypto Traders Blamed For Naira’s Plunge, Kenyan Institutions Told To End Dealings With Nigerian Fintechs, CAR Token Sale Off To Slow Start

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Speculators And Crypto Traders Blamed For Naira’s Plunge, Kenyan Institutions Told To End Dealings With Nigerian Fintechs, CAR Token Sale Off To Slow Start

In this week’s Africa news highlights, the Nigerian central bank blames speculators for causing the local currency’s plunge to a new all-time low on the parallel market. In Kenya, the central bank has told financial institutions to cease having dealings with two Nigerian fintechs, Flutterwave and Chipper Cash. The Central African Republic’s token sale is off to a slow start with just under 13 million of the sango coins sold inside the first five days.

Nigerian Currency Plunges to New Low — Speculators and Crypto Trading Blamed

After seeing the local currency plunge to an all-time low of 710 naira for every dollar, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has accused speculators of causing the currency’s rapid depreciation. However, a leader of an association of foreign exchange dealers has said crypto trading is to blame for the naira’s fall. Meanwhile, a spokesperson of the CBN has implored residents to help the central bank in its efforts to halt the currency’s slide.

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Kenyan Financial Institutions Told to End Dealings With Two Nigerian Fintechs

The Central Bank Of Kenya (CBK) recently wrote a letter to CEOs of financial institutions which demanded they cease and desist from dealing with two Nigerian fintechs, Flutterwave and Chipper Cash. The CBK accused both Flutterwave and Chipper Cash of operating in the country without a license. According to the letter, all financial institutions are expected to confirm their compliance with the directive within seven days.

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Central African Republic’s Token Sale off to Slow Start

The Central African Republic (CAR)’s token sale appeared to have gotten off to a slow start after less than 13 million out of the 210 million sango coins were sold since the commencement of the sale on July 25. However, in a statement, the CAR’s sango coin promotion clarified that the token is fractionally backed by bitcoin. This implies the CAR’s treasury will consist of a bitcoin reserve fund.

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Call For Creation Of Common African Digital Currency, Kenyan Activists Turn To Crypto Funding, Ghana On The Brink

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Call For Creation Of Common African Digital Currency, Kenyan Activists Turn To Crypto Funding, Ghana On The Brink

In Bitcoin.com News’ inaugural newsletter featuring the biggest crypto and economic news stories from Africa, the head of an African regional central bank, Herve Ndoba, implores the bank’s board to introduce a common digital currency. At the same time, the regional bank warned that the Central African Republic’s bitcoin law is incompatible with regional laws. Meanwhile, Kenyan activists have said cryptocurrencies can potentially create new ways for young people to earn. The latest Visual Capitalist rankings of countries with the highest default risk in 2022 show Ghana as the first ranked in Africa, and second globally.

The Central African Republic’s Bitcoin Law Compels Head of Regional Central Bank to Call for Creation of Common Digital Currency

The head of the Bank of Central African States (BCAS), Herve Ndoba, has told the regional central bank’s board that it must create a common digital currency which will be used by six countries belonging to the Central African Monetary Union (CAMU). Ndoba reportedly wants the BCAS to establish a common legal framework for regulating crypto as well.

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As Traditional Funding Dries Up, Kenyan Activists Believe Cryptocurrencies Provide an Alternative Fundraising Channel

According to some Kenya-based activists, raising funds through cryptocurrency and non-fungible token (NFT) sales is not only faster but less costly as well. The activists added that digital currency also has the “potential to create new ways for young people to earn, spend, save and send money.”

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Ghana Is Rated as the African Country Most Likely to Default on Its Debt Obligations

After seeing its inflation rate surge to over 29% in June, Ghana, West Africa’s second-largest economy, is now ranked as one of the countries most likely to default this year, Visual Capitalist’s latest sovereign debt vulnerability rankings have shown. According to the data, Ghana is now ranked first in Africa and placed second globally, just behind the Central American state and first country to make bitcoin legal tender, El Salvador.

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The African continent may not be the biggest crypto/blockchain market yet but the growing adoption of the technology illustrates that this will likely be a key market in the future.

For instance, instead of being seen or used as a tool for speculative trading, crypto is proving to be a more convenient and cheaper way of sending remittances.

In countries whose economies have been devastated by inflation, cryptocurrencies are an alternative way of storing value. As more people on the continent understand these attributes of cryptocurrencies and the underlying technology, their demand for digital assets also increases.

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As policymakers from other jurisdictions work on finding ways to stop or slow the adoption of this fintech, it becomes imperative that the African crypto story gets told more frequently. Bitcoin.com News has been one of the media platforms to regularly cover stories, events and individuals making a difference in Africa crypto’s space.

Now, in addition to regular African posts, Bitcoin.com News is launching a weekly newsletter which essentially recaps all the major crypto and economic news from the continent. Readers interested in keeping tabs on African events can do so by subscribing to the newsletter via the sign-up link below.

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