IMF Sends Strong Message On Bitcoins

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has made a strong case against the adoption of Bitcoin as legal tender by countries. 

Abebe Selassie, director of IMF’s African Department, made this warning on Thursday at a media briefing on the organisation’s economic outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa.

Selassie said Bitcoin is not a remedy for the economic troubles in African countries.

His remarks comes a day after the Central African Republic became the first country in Africa and second in the world after El Salvador to adopt bitcoin as a legal tender.

Meanwhile, Obed Namsio, chief of staff to President Faustin Archange Touadera, had said the move “places the Central African Republic on the map of the world’s boldest and most visionary countries.”

According to the World Bank, the Central African Republic is a sparsely populated country of 5.4 million inhabitants. It is one of the poorest and most fragile countries despite its natural resources.

Selassie criticised the move, saying, “it’s really important to not see such things as a panacea for economic challenges our countries face”.

He said: “You have to make sure that the legislative framework, in terms of the transparency of financial flows, the governance framework around it is all robustly in place.”



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