According to the fund, the use of bitcoin as a legal tender carries risks for users

​The IMF once again has opposed the legalization of BTC in El Salvador

23.11.2021 - 12:15


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What’s new? The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has again stated that bitcoin should not be used as legal tender in El Salvador. The representatives of the organization reported this after their visit to the country as part of consultation under Paragraph IV of the IMF's Articles of Agreement.

The IMF Review

What do the IMF representatives say? The fund believes that given the high volatility in the value of BTC, its use as legal tender carries risks for users as well as the financial integrity and stability in El Salvador.

The IMF staff visiting the country recommended that the state authorities “reduce the scope of the BTC law and strengthen the regulation of cryptocurrency.” They also added that the government should explore measures to limit fiscal contingent liabilities.

What is the reaction of the authorities of El Salvador? Commenting on the IMF review, the country's president Nayib Bukele noted that he disagreed with the fund on criticism of the decision to legalize the first cryptocurrency.


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