Namibia's central bank allows bitcoin and cryptos as a means of payment
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Namibia’s central bank allows bitcoin and cryptos as a means of payment

The Central Bank of Namibia, (BON), announced that it now has bitcoin and cryptos and virtual asset service providers in its regulatory framework for financial technology innovations, in a phased approach, through its innovation center.”

On September 22, the Central Bank of Namibia had held an event dedicated to central bank digital currencies and cryptos. The discussions determined several positions. The Bank of Namibia reiterates that digital assets are not officially recognized as currencies, but that it is possible for merchants to accept them:

“The acceptance of virtual assets for payment of goods and services remains at the discretion of each merchant or buyer.”

Cryptos, the future of the currency has reached a crucial point?

So the Central Bank sees cryptos as a legitimate medium of exchange… But reiterates a warning about ICOs:

“Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) present great risks and opportunities for fraud and manipulation.”

In the announcement, BON Governor Johannes Gawaxab, known to be skeptical of cryptocurrencies in the past, reportedly concedes that the future of the currency has reached a crucial point. He goes on to explain:

“The future of money is at an inflection point. There is a battle between regulated and unregulated money on the one hand, and sovereign and non-sovereign money on the other.”

Gawaxab also argues that central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) bring something to the table that cryptos issued or developed by the private sector cannot. Nevertheless, the BON governor stressed that his institution, which is also reviewing and analyzing the viability of launching a CBDC, would not rush into anything.

“The successful implementation of CBDC depends on an effective analysis of the environment to ensure the development of a suitable solution that supports public policy objectives.”

The central bank is planning structural and legal changes to move into this new era. A paper will be published by the Bank of Namibia in the next two weeks to inform its thinking on the matter.

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Laeti Marison, also known as SatoshiBelle, is a multifaceted professional with a passion for community management, content creation, and digital marketing. With a diverse background in various roles, Laeti has consistently demonstrated her expertise and dedication in the field. Recognizing her potential, Laeti then took on the responsibilities of a Project and Community Manager at Magna Numeris and Cartam from November 2018 to March 2021. In this role, she showcased her ability to successfully lead projects and foster strong relationships within the community. Currently, Laeti serves as an SEO content writer, Digital Marketing Manager, and co-founder at magazine, starting from February 2022 till now. Through her expertise in digital marketing and her passion for the crypto industry, she has contributed to the success of the magazine, ensuring its content remains relevant, engaging, and informative.

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