El Salvador on Tuesday becomes the first country in the world to adopt Bitcoin as a legal tender.
In June, El Salvador passed the new ‘Bitcoin Law’ to become first country in the world to adopt Bitcoin as a legal tender.
The plan spearheaded by President Nayib Bukele is aimed at increasing financial inclusion and allowing Salvadorans to save on US$400 million spent annually in commissions for remittances, mostly sent from the United States.
President Nayib expects Bitcoin adoption to significantly boost the country’s GDP. He earlier mentioned: “Bitcoin has a market cap of $680 billion. If 1% of it is invested in El Salvador, that would increase our GDP by 25%.”
In 2020, remittances to El Salvador amounted to around US$6 billion. This is 23 percent of its GDP (gross domestic product), which is one of the highest ratios in the world.
There are challenges in terms of regulatory as well as acceptance among common population. But, a small population of El Salvador has already adopted Bitcoin in their daily lives. El Zonte, a small rustic beach town of 3,000 locals on the coast of El Salvador, ushered into Bitcoin economy last year. In El Zonte, you can use the Lightning Network to buy anything from tacos, to hardware supplies to paying your utility bill.
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Bukele took to twitter to say: “Like all innovations, El Salvador’s bitcoin process has a learning curve. Every road to the future is like this and not everything will be achieved in a day, or in a month.”
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