Crypto Insider Says Venezuela on Pace to Lead Merchant Adoption As Bitcoin (BTC) Trading Volume Sets New Record
Venezuela could become ground zero in the push for widespread adoption of cryptocurrency. There are now over a thousand merchants accepting crypto payments in the South American country, according to the team behind the digital asset Dash.
While the number accounts for fewer than 1% of all retail stores in Venezuela, crypto insider Ernesto Contreras expects crypto usage at retail locations in the country to soar to 10% by the end of 2020 and estimates that $25 million worth of crypto will be involved in retail transactions every year.
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The analyst’s projections are based on the following factors:Large retailers in the country are poised to include crypto as a payment option The government pays wages using the cryptocurrency Petro (PTR), which encourages people to learn more about crypto Venezuelans are seeing the cost-saving and convenience benefits of cryptocurrencies
Venezuelans are also trading increasing amounts of Bitcoin.
Bitcoin trading volume on the peer-to-peer platform LocalBitcoins in Venezuela just printed a fresh all-time high. According to data tracker Coin.dance, BTC volume climbed by over 38% from 263.3 billion Venezuelan bolivar to 363.4 billion for the week ending January 11th.
Says Eduardo Gómez, head of support at Purse.io,
“The Venezuelan-Colombian border is the melting pot where Bitcoin is being used for what it is, an unstoppable, permission-less store of value. Lots of exciting things are happening there.”
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