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Nigerian Lawmaker Pinpoints The Need for Legislation on Cryptocurrency

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In a press release, a Nigerian lawmaker obviously pinpointed the need to formulate a legal framework or approach for cryptocurrencies. The House of Representatives speaker, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila suggested this awesome idea when he hosted the board of NDIC (Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation) which paid him a courtesy visit. The Nigerian lawmaker raised this issue because he perceived that cryptocurrencies are becoming acceptable throughout the world in piecemeal. Consequently, having a legislative channel or framework for cryptocurrencies is very important as it will help to regulate cryptocurrency-related transactions and would in all likelihood make Nigeria not to be left out in this trending technology.

“On the issue of cryptocurrency, I think block-chain technology is novel and coming up strong. We don’t want to be left behind,” Gbajabiamila said.

“I’m aware that we trade on different platforms about $12 million on yearly basis in this country, and a lot of these things, as you said, are in the air but not captured. It is time we begin to look seriously at this advancement in technology,” he added.

He went on to recant how the world leaders are moving towards the trending technology. He was of the opinion that the world at large is taking the issue of blockchain and cryptocurrency seriously. And thus, he didn’t want Nigeria to be left out of the race.

“Not too long ago, a group of world leaders, G20 met in Osaka, Japan and one of the issues they discussed was block-chain technology and cryptocurrency. They had a sub-group of leaders called the V20 established from that meeting. It’s an assemblage of virtual currency representatives. I think the world is taking the issue of cryptocurrency and block-chain technology seriously. We don’t want to be left behind, and we have to take it seriously,” he said.

Speaking to the board of the Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) led by its chairman,  Ronke Sokefun, Gbajabiamila acknowledged the interest of the house to work with the corporation so that Nigeria won’t be left out of the advanced technology. He commented thus:

“The House is ready to work with you on that so that we don’t get left behind, and within legislation and regulation of block-chain application that will put Nigeria within that rank of advanced technology.

Ronke Sokefun, the chairman of NDIC had earlier spoke about the courtesy visit, stressing that it was meant to felicitate the Nigerian Lawmaker, Gbajabiamila, on his emergency. And also to let him be aware of the fundamental roles NDIC plays in the country’s financial sector. Ronke equally recanted the successes of the corporation for the past three decades of its operation, particularly hinting that the corporation had received three international standards certification (first Nigerian public sector to receive such credit).

Gbajabiamila also clearly stated that he had faith the mandate of the corporation would be very important to the financial sector of the country’s economy. He commented in a statement signed By Lanre Laisi, his Media Adviser, that the house would structure the agency in such a way as to avoid a clash of functions between the agency and the central bank of Nigeria. He then assured the corporation that the house would always listen to them and would always welcome recommendations pertaining to the collaborative expectations.

“There seems to be a blurry line over some of your functions and that of CBN: some overlapping functions. I think we need to structure NDIC so that the lines are clearly defined. I’m sure if that hasn’t happened already, there will be times, if not now but in the future when those grey areas might cause issues between you and the CBN”

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500 Nigerian Devs to be Taken into Ethereum’s Pilot Project

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Following the announcement made by ConsenSys Founder Joe Lubin during the launching of  Devcon 5, which is targeted towards increasing the Ethereum developer’s community to one million, Ethereum.network will be joining forces with Bloceducare a project launched to drive blockchain education, customer support as well as advisory services to leverage on the potential and population of developers in Nigeria to attract developers into the Ethereum community.

 

The project which has been slated for a period of 15 weeks and tagged “500-Nigeria devs for Ethereum” has been designed by Awosika Israel Ayodeji the Creative Director of Bloceducare and commenced on Monday 4th November 2019 and run till February 15th, 2020 with the aim of increasing the number of Ethereum Developers within Nigeria, to achieve this the team intends to add five hundred developers into the global pools of ethereum developers under the onemilliondevs project.

500 Nigeria Devs for Ethereum

The pilot project will aim at having developers building relatable and straightforward use cases that can be implemented within their immediate environment. With ethereum.network financing the project, at the end of the program, developers who emerge as the top three will be rewarded $1,000 each while five other developers will be awarded $300 each for a job well done.

Cryptographic Development Initiatives in Nigeria(CDIN), which is a non-profit professional organization, also plays a role in this development as it aligns with its mission to address the gaps in the learning and practice of cryptography in Nigeria. Crevatal will also be partnering with the project to ensure the success of the project.

The partnership with the CDIN is very strategic considering the perfect alignment of this project with the just-concluded “Campus Blockchain Development Project (CBDP)” with its pilot phase in the National Campus Blockchain Hackathon event chaired by the Director-General of NITDA and the launching of the Blockchain Industry Association of Nigeria.

 

CDIN happens to play critical roles in the Nigerian blockchain and digital assets ecosystem with its network of partners and stakeholders which have been driving awareness, education, policy advocacy, industry dialogue and collaboration among relevant stakeholders in order to collectively unlock hidden potentials, create job opportunities, open new business horizons and enable economic transformation while discouraging criminal activities in the Nigerian Blockchain/Cryptocurrency ecosystem.

 

According to the president of CDIN (Fadele Adeolu), the “500 Ethereum Developer’s initiative” by Bloceducare is highly commendable and will go a long way to complement similar efforts and programmes being undertaken by other stakeholders in the space and agencies of government like NITDA and the Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy.

Finally, he calls on these strategic stakeholders, who have always been the secrets behind the development in the ecosystem to join forces with this project for the progress of the ecosystem and the nation at large.

The project is still open to sponsors in various categories such as media partners, branding, and developer participation.

 

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The Bank of Canada Plans To Launch Its Own Digital Currency

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Since the future of money has come, the Bank of Canada considers launching a proprietary digital currency. This is contained in the presentation entitled “Central Bank Money: The Next Generation,” which was prepared by Stephen Murchison, an adviser to Governor Poloz, who shoulders the task of leading Canada’s digital currency research. The idea of developing their digital coin is to fight the threat associated with cryptocurrency and also to garner information on how Canadians spend their money.

 

According to the report, Canada is ready to take the lead in launching their cryptocurrency to modernize financial services. In this regard, the bank has released a white paper on the merits of creating a digital currency. The presentation, which was prepared for Governor Stephen Poloz and the board of directors of the bank, offered all the possible details about how the bank plans on developing the digital currency. It outlined over a dozen benefits the bank will get from launching its digital currency, which would be available, coexisting alongside coins and paper money before eventually replacing them.

 

Following the contents of the presentation notes the report, Canada needs to innovate to stay in the game, and thus, a digital currency would provide the benefits of a bank-owned asset as well as all the convenience and security of wireless electronic payments.

 

However, the presentation notes that digital currency presents a risk to stable, low-cost funding for banks.

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Another firm, Booking.com has abandoned the Libra Project

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Booking.com join the list of firms that has pulled out of the Libra Association.

The departure of the leading online travel firm from the Libra Association reduces the membership to just 21 members.

Facebook’s foray into the cryptocurrency industry has been experiencing difficulties as governments warn of the consequences of the global financial system it intends to create via Libra.

Few months ago, Booking.com confirmed to be a founding member of the Libra Association alongside others like PayPal, MasterCard that have already pulled out from the Association.

Booking Holdings CEO Glenn Fogel when he newly became the Chief Executive Officer of the firm behind several travel focus businesses such as agoda.com, booking.com, kayak etc was expressed his opinion on the future of cryptocurrency.

According to him, he said, he believes currencies with blockchain base will continue to surface and may gain acceptance globally.

Earlier few days ago, MasterCard and Visa revealed they would be departing the Facebook’s project. Regulatory pressure most especially from the US has been on the increase recently and this could be attributed to the growing list of firms abandoning the Libra Project.

Senator Sherrod Brown has said Big Tech shouldn’t be given power over public infrastructure like the financial system.

US Treasury Secretary, believes Libra could be used to finance terrorism.

The co-founder of Libra, David Marcus has already come forth to testify of the intention of Libra to create a global financial system while complying with regulatory requirements.

Co-founder of Libra, David Marcus said spoken on the fate of Libra as firms exit the Association. According to him, “I would caution against reading the fate of Libra into this update.”

He went further saying, “Change of this magnitude is hard. You know you’re onto something when this much pressure builds up.”

CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg has been slated to testify before House of Representatives Financial Services Committee on the 23rd of October

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An open-source map to the Pan-African Blockchain Ecosystem

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Africa blockchain cryptocurrency industry stakeholders have created a map of organizations in the entire African continent.

The map which was made open source currently has data of more than 100 Africa firms building on the blockchain or having businesses that interacts with the industry.

The African continent has been seeing growth in the industry steadily. Based on a data from a report made by Emerge, the numbers of African blockchain focused firms were less two-scores.

However, currently according to data already collected all over the continent which can be seen on the Open Source Map, there has been a tremendous growth in the numbers of firms building blockchain solutions in the continent. The rate of growth yearly since 2017 is over 120%.

The compilation of such data required hundreds of man hours however, representatives from various firms in the industry congregated to collate and arrange the data. The representatives were from CryotoTVPlus, Africa Blockchain Alliance, African Digital Asset Framework, Binance Labs, BitcoinKE, EOS Nairobi, Raise and Microtraction.

From payment gamification, consultancy, media healthcare etc, there are several projects or firms solving problems with the technology.

CEO of CryptoTVPlus, Tony Emeka speaking on the initiative said:

“As one of the largest media firms focused on the industry, we understand the impact visibility plays in the success of a firm”.

He went further saying;

“This map now ensures players in the industry get the right exposure they deserve as they continue doing what they do best, innovating.”

Anyone Can Update the Map

The incredible pace the blockchain technology is growing is unprecedented. As dynamic as it is, daily new challenges facing our social, political and economic environment are showing forth and the blockchain could help provide answers to some of these questions.

The emergence of a problem creates room for a solution, the joy of an entrepreneur, solving problems. These ultimately could create new firms all over the continent.

As an open source map, anyone can update the map with newer data of existing or new blockchain firms in their country or the African continent at large.

Adding Data

The Open Source Map can be found here, the data are found in a Google Sheet, contributors are admonished to keep the sheet clean.

Moving Forward

The world is moving fast, Africans cannot be left behind. In the world of global competition, developing local solutions that are carefully tailored to local needs are crucial to our survival, growth and development as a continent.

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