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Global crypto-adoption: National Bank of Belarus could invest in $637M seaport project in Vietnam via Relex crypto model

Biraajmaan Tamuly



National Bank of Belarus requested to invest in $637 million seaport project in Vietnam, via Relex crypto model
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The cryptocurrency ecosystem received a major validation in terms of adoption as it was announced that Relex, an investment platform which uses virtual assets, was “endorsed” by a massive $637 million seaport development project.

The investment platform joined hands with the My Thuy International Party family and formally requested the National Bank of Belarus, the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Belarus, and the Governor of Vitebsk for additional support in the form of a $220 million promotional investment.

On May 30, Keith Hilden, the Founder of Relex, officially signed the letters requesting investment from Belarus in Ho Chi Minh City with the My Thuy International Port Joint Venture Company [MTIP], for the My Thuy International Port.

The development project was personally approved by Nguyen Xuan Phuc, the Prime of Minister of Vietnam for initiating the request for investment from Belarus.

The official letter stated,

“Thanks to Relex and its model we became aware that the Republic of Belarus has set itself on a course to implement new financial instruments through digital technologies and digital economies. We are hoping that Relex and the unique institutional status/position of its model in Belarus will allow us to provide the financing and provide legitimacy to protect the rights of our investors.”

Oksana Lozytskaya, Relex Belarus’s CEO, would be leading the digital investment proposals in Belarus. In the medium post, it was mentioned that the MTIP was very grateful of Relex’s actions for making the International port project, it’s first within the Republic of Belarus, which included the implementation of a new “digital economy” through the Relex crypto model.

The announcement suggested that Belarus’s effort to highlight the introduction of virtual assets was still very prominent. Earlier this year, the country launched a platform which allowed users to buy shares, gold, and other traditional assets with the help of crypto. The regulated tokenized securities exchange project was spearheaded by two IT-focused investment companies, VR Capital and Larnabel Ventures.

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Biraajmaan is an engineering graduate who is exploring the ever-changing crypto verse while traversing his passion for cryptocurrency news writing. He is a Chelsea fan and a part-time poet and does not hold any value in cryptocurrencies yet.


Facebook’s Libra is a double edged-sword, but will benefit Bitcoin, says Caitlin Long





Facebook's cryptocurrency Libra is a double edged-sword, but will benefit Bitcoin [BTC], says Caitlin Long
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On 18 June, the world’s biggest social media platform, Facebook, introduced its new cryptocurrency, Libra, set to launch in the first half of 2020. The coin that would have its own blockchain will be backed by several sovereign currencies, and these reserves would be managed by the Libra Association. The association will also be engaged in several other key activities, which would focus solely on the development of the Libra ecosystem.

Notably, the coin has brought together major players in both the financial and technology industry including, MasterCard, Paypal, and Coinbase. Despite such strong backing however, the concept of the coin was soon shot down by several influencers and government authorities.

The French Minister of Finance and Economy, Bruno Le Maire, released a statement asserting that Facebook’s digital currency becoming a sovereign currency was “out of question,” adding that “it can’t and must not happen.” Along with this statement, the Finance Minister also raised concerns about money laundering and terrorism funding and urged G-7 countries Central Bank Governors to draft a report on the new “global currency” for their meeting in July.

Further, Facebook’s cryptocurrency is also facing hurdles in its native country. Maxine Waters, Chair of the House Financial Services, has requested the social media giant to hit the pause button on the development of Libra, until Congress and regulatory authorities hold a discussion on the digital currency. This request was put forth mainly because of the firm’s “troubled past.”

In an interview with WhatBitcoinDid, Caitlin Long, Co-founder of the Wyoming Blockchain Coalition, stated that Libra had its pros and cons, adding that it was a “double-edged sword.” However, the blockchain evangelist continued to assert that this was going to benefit Bitcoin, stating that the social networking platform was “making cryptocurrency a mainstream word.” She added that Facebook would introduce the concept of digitally scarce money to people and that these people would look for the best cryptos that would retain the most value over time. That crypto was going to be Bitcoin, she said.

Long stated,

“This is a detour kind of like Andreas analogy, it’s the intranet before internet. We’ve even seen it in this industry, it’s blockchain not Bitcoin but people are coming full circle back around to Bitcoin. These are detours that are ultimately helpful to gaining adoption and wider support, but they’re not where we end up and I think we will end up in Bitcoin.”

Further, Long was asked whether Libra was going to be its own currency, considering it will not be pegged to a specific currency, but several fiat currencies. To this, she stated that Libra was indeed going to be a currency of its own, similar to Bitcoin. She stated that it was going to function like a “central bank,” remarking that it would be a “private version of a central bank.” Long went on to add,

“They’re going to be managing reserves against the liability. For them it will be the people who own the coins and they will be managing the reserves against that […] they are going to be marketing this in the developing world, this is going to be a developing world concept probably more than a developed world concepts […] so my guess is this is mostly an emerging market phenomenon secondarily a European phenomenon and lastly a U.S. phenomenon.”

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