Venezuela to launch cryptocurrency to combat US ‘blockade’, Maduro says
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President asserts digital money called the petro will be backed by Venezuelan substitutes of gold, petroleum, gas, and diamonds
President Nicolas Maduro has said Venezuela would launch a cryptocurrency to duel a US-led monetary “blockade,” although he accommodated few evidences about how the economically crippled Opec member would pull off the feat.
” Venezuela will create a cryptocurrency … the’ petro ,’ to advance in issues of monetary sovereignty, to realize financial transactions and overcome financing of the siege ,” leftist Maduro said during his weekly Sunday broadcasted broadcast.
The digital money will be backed by Venezuelan substitutes of gold, lubricant, gas, and diamonds, he said during the near five-hour support, which included traditional Christmas carols and dancing.
” The 21 st century has arrived !” Maduro added to merriments, without plying specifics about the currency launch.
Opposition captains spurned the notice, which they said needed congressional approbation, and some shoot doubt on whether the digital currency would ever see the light of day in stormy Venezuela.
Still, the bulletin illustrates how US sanctions this year are suffering Venezuela’s ability to move coin through international banks. Beginnings say conformity departments are scrutinising business linked to Venezuela, which has slow-witted some bond pays and involved particular oil exports.
Maduro’s move away from the US dollar comes after the recent breathtaking rise of bitcoin, which has been fuelled by signalings that the digital currency is gradually gaining resistance in the mainstream asset world.