The economically struggling South American country and a strong supporter of crypto as a means of payment will see over 20,000 merchants recognize bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as legal tender for shopping come June.
US authorities indicted blockchain and digital currency friendly president of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro and 14 other senior government administrators with narco-terrorism and participating in conducting illegal dealings specifically drug trafficking using cryptocurrencies payments to camouflage their tracks and circumvent sanctions.
Blockchain can be used to overcome social inequalities like the French protests that have been occurring month-in-month-out since late 2018, the political protests that normally happen in Venezuela, and many others.
President Nicolás Maduro, states that, from 2020, oil will be sold for Petros, the cryptocurrency developed by the Venezuelan government. He assured that this year the country's oil production will be sold in their own oil-backed stablecoin.
On Wednesday, President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro revealed that 30 million barrels worth of oil placed in storage tanks is going to work as the backing for the OPEC nation’s government-owned digital asset known as Petro, that has been going through tougher times including being sanctioned by the U.S government under the leadership of President Donald Trump.
On Sunday November 17 of this year, the current president of Venezuela, Nicholas Maduro made a statement that the government’s financial authorities will pay a Christmas bonus to a large number of retirees and pensioners using their own national digital asset called the Petro.
The government of Venezuela has allegedly been spinning airport tax revenues into Bitcoin (BTC) and virtual currency to sidestep international sanctions. From the research made by a Spanish newspaper ABC, the President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro plus his working admin are allegedly exploiting a virtual currency wallet application to spin tax revenue into popular digital assets, and then traded on cryptocurrency exchanges in different countries including China, Iran, Hungary, Russia, etc.
President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela, issued an order to Banco de Venezuela (BDV), a global financial institution based in Caracas, to begin accepting the Petro (PTR), the country’s popular oil-backed digital currency. Through the Minister of Finance, the President told the country’s third market leader with a market share for deposits of more than 11.2%, to begin allowing Petro cryptocurrency in all of its functioning branches.