Cuba’s cryptocurrency regulations take effect

Resolution 215 of 2021 issued by the Banco Central de Cuba (BCC) — the nation’s central financial institution — recognizing cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin (BTC) is now in effect.

According to Cuba’s official state information company Prensa Latina, the order became official on Wednesday.

With crypto legally acknowledged by the BCC, Bitcoin and different cryptocurrencies can now be used for business transactions and investments in Cuba.

As beforehand reported by Cointelegraph, the central financial institution first introduced plans to acknowledge and regulate crypto again in late August.

Indeed, Resolution 215 of 2021 accommodates provisions for a licensing regime for crypto exchanges and different digital asset service suppliers working in Cuba.

Despite legalizing using crypto belongings in Cuba, the BCC has warned of the dangers related to cryptocurrencies.

According to the BCC, whereas crypto operates exterior of the nation’s banking system, using digital currencies poses important financial coverage dangers and monetary stability considerations.

Cuba’s central financial institution additionally warned of the potential for dangerous actors to take benefit of the perceived nameless nature of crypto transactions for illicit transactions.

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By recognizing crypto, Cubans might start to take pleasure in simpler remittance flows from abroad regardless of the United States embargo. Global cash switch companies like Western Union have largely exited the nation below growing strain from Washington.

Indeed, the nation is towing an analogous line to El Salvador in embracing Bitcoin amid crippling U.S. sanctions and the financial influence of the COVID-19 pandemic. El Salvador just lately turned the primary nation to undertake Bitcoin as authorized tender.

Crypto curiosity in Cuba has been excessive over the previous few years with digital currencies related to the potential for monetary freedom for a lot of within the nation.

The recognition of crypto by the BCC may very well be a significant step in remodeling Cuba’s cryptocurrency business as a proper sector of the island nation’s struggling economic system.