Bitso says it will help the financial services cut the costs

​The Mexican crypto startup plans to make cash remittances cheaper

01.12.2021 - 11:25

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What’s new? Bitso, a Mexico City-based cryptocurrency trading platform, has announced the launch of the Bitso API technology, which helps to exchange data between applications and the money transfer services, Bloomberg reports.

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Who is involved in the project? One of the companies involved in this project is Bridge21, a US firm that has been using cryptocurrency for money transfers to Mexico since 2016. The company's chief executive, Will Madden, stated:

“Depending on the cryptocurrency you use it can take minutes or even seconds to move the money as opposed to days.”

How can the technology help? The cash remittances remain a huge source of revenue for the Mexican economy, accounting for almost 4% of the country's GDP. 95% of the remittances are made by Mexican immigrants from the USA. According to the World Bank, in the first quarter of 2021, the average cost of sending $200 from the USA to Mexico was $7,29, or 3,65%. Bitso says it will be able to reduce the fee to almost 0,5%.

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Vasiliy Smirnov Vasiliy Smirnov

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