Africa

Foreign Crypto Exchanges Like Paxful, Binance to Pay 1.5% Tax Under Kenya’s New Regulations

Interest in Bitcoin Soars in Egypt Amid Economic Crisis and Unemployment A growing number of Egyptians are reportedly turning to bitcoin amid rising unemployment and the economic crisis. An Egyptian bitcoin community is seeing a huge spike in the number of members interested in bitcoin mining and trading. Egyptians Increasingly Attracted … read more. UK …

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Emerging technologies can change the African financial landscape

Africa is the home to 1.2 billion people and what has been described as the world’s largest trade area — the African Continental Free Trade Area. Africa is forging a new path to driving development, and access to financial services will play a significant role in its economic growth. The need to provide improved systems …

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Paxful breaks ground on Nigerian school in #BuiltWithBitcoin initiative

Peer-to-peer cryptocurrency marketplace Paxful announced Sept. 17 that it had broken ground on a new school in Nigeria. This is the fourth school of 100 planned as part of its #BuiltWithBitcoin initiative to bring quality education to emerging countries. The school, located in the Ankara Nandu community of Sanga Local, will serve an estimated 100–120 …

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Binance crypto exchange delists its own token on Uganda platform

The world’s largest exchange, Binance, is delisting its own token for trading against the Uganda shilling (UGX). According to a Sept. 9 announcement, the Binance Uganda platform decided to delist and cease trading on all trading pairs for Binance’s native token, Binance Coin (BNB). The BNB/UGX trading pair will be officially removed from Binance on …

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Zimbabwe’s Mobile Money on Life Support as Central Bank Tightens Screws: Restrictions to Affect P2P Bitcoin Trading

Zimbabwe’s Mobile Money Operators (MMO) say they will comply with the latest directive by the central bank to shutdown mobile money agents. In addition, the MMOs will also limit mobile money transactions to $50 (Zwl $5,000) per day while users are now restricted to one mobile money account per person. The directive went into effect …

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Meet a Freelance Cypherpunk Developer in Africa

In this audio interview, CoinDesk’s Leigh Cuen and Fodé Diop, founder of the Dakar Bitcoin Developers meetup in Senegal, talk about bitcoin in Africa.  For more episodes and free early access before our regular 3 p.m. Eastern time releases, subscribe with Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pocketcasts, Google Podcasts, Castbox, Stitcher, RadioPublica, iHeartRadio or RSS. This episode is sponsored by Crypto.com, Bitstamp and Nexo.io. From how mobile devices offer the primary point of …

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High Fees Make BTC Less Appealing for Remittances in Africa: ‘Pray Blocks Happen Quickly’

Bitcoin trading volumes are on the rise on the African continent despite the ongoing concerns about the high network fees. Data shows peer to peer bitcoin trading platforms recorded spiked growth in volumes starting in April. This was the same time as many countries implemented lockdown measures. Anecdotal evidence seems to suggest that Covid-19 related …

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Nigerian Crypto Activity Has Been On the Rise Since April

Nigeria, the biggest source of Bitcoin (BTC) trading volume in Africa, is apparently one of the fastest-growing crypto markets in the world, according to a new report. According to a new study by major crypto wallet Blockchain.com, Nigeria has seen the largest influx of activity on its wallet app since April 2020. Nigeria shows biggest …

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Where FATF Crypto Compliance Gets Interesting: Africa

Africa isn’t included on the virtual asset regulatory map just yet. But crypto businesses seeing strong growth across the 54-country continent are working hard on know-your-customer (KYC) rules to meet the exacting standards set out by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).   A broad range of entities operating in Africa, ranging from crypto exchanges to …

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Volvo Invests in Blockchain Startup to Trace Cobalt in Its Batteries

On July 8, Volvo Cars Tech Fund announced their investment in blockchain traceability startup, Circulor. Volvo previously used Circulor’s traceability solution to track cobalt in its batteries. Much of cobalt mining happens in Africa under questionable conditions and involves child labor. In the era where more consumers are becoming concerned with how the products they …

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