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Bancolombia Group launches crypto exchange, Peso-based stablecoins



Bancolombia Group launches crypto exchange, Peso-based stablecoins

Bancolombia Group, Colombia’s largest bank, has entered the cryptocurrency space with the launch of Wenia, its own exchange platform.

According to reports from, this initiative marks a pivotal moment in the country’s financial landscape which signals a growing acceptance of cryptocurrencies in mainstream finance.

Wenia, the newly launched cryptocurrency exchange, offers Colombian users a platform to trade various digital assets, including Bitcoin, Ethereum, USDC, MATIC, and now, the Colombian fiat peso stablecoin, COPW.

This move not only provides Colombian investors with access to a wider range of digital assets but also introduces a native stablecoin tied to the country’s fiat currency.

The introduction of COPW, the Colombian peso-backed stablecoin, is expected to provide users with a more stable means of transacting within the cryptocurrency ecosystem by avoiding the volatility often associated with traditional cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum.

Bancolombia Group is the largest bank in Colombia, with a significant presence in the country’s financial sector. It offers a wide range of banking and financial services to individuals, businesses, and institutions. 

Established in 1945, Bancolombia has grown to become a leading financial institution in Latin America, serving millions of customers domestically and internationally.

The group’s services include retail banking, corporate banking, investment banking, asset management, and insurance.

Its exploration into the cryptocurrency market reflects a growing trend among traditional financial institutions to explore and integrate digital assets into their offerings.

With the launch of Wenia and COPW, the bank is positioning itself as a pioneer in Colombia’s emerging cryptocurrency sector.

South America has seen significant growth in the cryptocurrency market, with the region projected to experience a 10.32% growth in the cryptocurrencies market by 2028, resulting in a market volume of US$2.4 billion.

Countries like Brazil, Argentina, and Mexico are leading the adoption of crypto assets in Latin America, ranking among the top 20 globally for cryptocurrency adoption. 

In 2032, Colombia also showed significant interest and adoption of cryptocurrencies, with over 3.1 million people, approximately 6.1% of the country’s total population, owning cryptocurrency.

The country ranked fourth globally for Peer-to-Peer Bitcoin trading volume, with its capital city, Bogotá, ranking seventh among the top Bitcoin cities with the presence of  87 active cryptocurrency businesses.

Additionally, 80% of Colombians in 2021 showed a willingness to invest in cryptocurrencies as more than half of individuals aged 25 to 40 have already invested or expressed interest in buying cryptocurrencies.

Read also; Crypto Venture Capital raises over $2 billion in first quarter of 2024.


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