Panama Touts Bitcoin and Ethereum in New Crypto Law

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Central America’s bitcoin adoption is on the rise, with Panama the latest country to flock toward cryptocurrencies. The development has unfolded on the very same day that El Salvador officially accepts bitcoin as legal tender. Now the Republic of Panama is moving in the same direction but is putting its own personal touch on the roll-out by also embracing Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies as well.

Panama has unveiled a cryptocurrency law in draft form, as announced by Congressman Gabriel Silva on Twitter. Similar to El Salvador, Panama wants to make bitcoin as well as Ethereum more popular as a payment method. Panama’s lawmakers also want to support the use of the blockchain in the public sector as well as use the technology in its banking sector.

The bill explains how Panama is compatible with the digital economy, including the blockchain crypto assets and the internet. The bill roughly states,

“Today we present the Crypto Law. We seek to make Panama a country compatible with the blockchain, crypto assets, and the internet. This has the potential to create thousands of jobs, attract investment and make the government transparent.”

Prices Under Pressure

Despite wider-scale adoption of bitcoin and Ethereum, most of the broader cryptocurrency market is trading in the red today. The bitcoin price continues to hold $50,000, while Ethereum could be gearing up for a run toward $4,000.

Crypto Assets

The draft legislation touts bitcoin as a hedge against inflation and points to its divisible nature, saying that it can be “subdivided into 100 million Satoshis” as an example. It also acknowledges other cryptocurrencies including Ethereum and Cardano for similarly being divisible into more assets than traditional investments lend themselves to.

On social media, users were quick to point to the fees associated with Ethereum transactions in particular. The average Ethereum transaction fee currently hovers at just under $40, compared to more than $50 in early September.

Source: Supplied by our good friend Thomas H. Brymer, II owner of the Panama Real Estate Company called Panama Advisory Group

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