Kiffmeister’s #Fintech Daily Digest (20220704)

Central African Republic Dives Into Crypto With The Sango

Central African Republic (CAR) President Faustin Archange Touadera reportedly announced the creation of the Sango Coin and a zero-taxation crypto-hub. The currency is named after Sango, which with French is one of the country’s two official languages. Through a platform called Crypto Island, the Sango will become “the catalyst for tokenizing (CAR’s) vast natural resources,” Touadera declared, providing no timeline or other details. In April Touadera’s office had announced that the CAR had adopted Bitcoin as legal tender alongside the CFA franc, a currency the country shares with five other central African economies. [Read more]

Tether Continues to Reduce Commercial Paper Holdings

Tether announced further progress towards reducing its commercial paper portfolio. As of July 1, Tether had 8.4 billion of these holdings, of which 5 billion will expire on July 31. The goal remains to bring commercial paper holdings down to zero, switching them into short-term U.S. Treasury securities. [Read more]

Upcoming events I’m affiliated with:

The CBDC Think Tank, in partnership with the International Monetary Fund and George Washington University, is hosting a full-day in-person CBDC Masterclass on October 12 in Washington DC. The sessions are designed as instructional deep dives with full presentations and Q&A components.  [Register here]