Bitcoin Cash Slated for Legalisation Next Year in Island Nation Saint Kitts and Nevis

Terrance Michael Drew, the Prime Minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis, confirmed the announcement at the recently held BitcoinCash event.

Bitcoin Cash Slated for Legalisation Next Year in Island Nation Saint Kitts and Nevis

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Bitcoin Cash is currently priced at around $102 (roughly Rs. 8,400)

Highlights
  • The Bitcoin Cash was founded in 2017
  • The Bitcoin Cash is considered a ‘fork’ of the original BTC network
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis may legalise BCH by next year

The Bitcoin Cash (BCH) cryptocurrency is slated to become an official payment mode in the island nation of Saint Kitts and Nevis, located in the Caribbean region. This process of officiating BCH could take as long as March next year. Due to their volatile nature, cryptocurrencies do make for a popular choice to suit the role of a legal tender in many nations. Last September, however, the central American nation of El Salvador adopted Bitcoin as a legal tender.

Terrance Michael Drew, the Prime Minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis, confirmed the announcement at the recently held BitcoinCash event.

In Drew's opinions, cryptocurrencies represent “future opportunities”. Videos of his speech have emerged on Twitter.

At this point, the Bitcoin Cash cryptocurrency is trading around the price point of $102 (roughly Rs. 8,400), as per Gadgets 360's crypto price tracker.

The BCH is a faster and more cost-efficient alternative to Bitcoin. In 2017, BCH developers modified the BTC code, releasing their own version of the software that split Bitcoin into two blockchains: Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash, and consecutively, two assets — BTC / BCH.

Both, BTC and BCH have a hard cap of 21 million coins, and both use Proof-of-Work (PoW) consensus framework and nodes to verify transactions. Traders can consider BCH as a hedging tool that could save them against financial risks.

Adopting cryptocurrencies as legal tenders is not a move, supported or encouraged by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Earlier this year, the IMF had said that due to Bitcoin's high price volatility, its use as a legal tender entails significant risks to consumer protection, financial integrity, and financial stability.

Regardless of this kind of reluctance from global financial organisations, a bunch of other nations, especially the ones depended on remittances, are considering the adoption of crypto as a legal tender

The Central African Republic, for instance, followed El Salvador this year and legalised Bitcoin.

The President of the nation – Faustin-Archange Touadéra – argued that “Bitcoin's “disruptive power” will bring “long-term prosperity.”


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Radhika Parashar
Radhika Parashar is a senior correspondent for Gadgets 360. She has been reporting on tech and telecom for the last three years now and will be focussing on writing about all things crypto. Besides this, she is a major sitcom nerd and often replies in Chandler Bing and Michael Scott references. For tips or queries you could reach out to her at RadhikaP@ndtv.com. More
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