Venezuela’s BTC Trading Volumes Hit Record Highs as Crypto Regulations Commence


As Venezuela begins regulating cryptocurrency, BTC trading volumes in the country hit record highs on several exchanges. Amid fast-growing crypto adoption, peer-to-peer trading platforms such as Localbitcoins and Paxful have reported significant increases in the number of BTC traded in Venezuela.

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Record BTC Trading Volumes

Peer-to-peer (P2P) markets that trade cryptocurrencies in Venezuela have recently been showing record volumes. On Localbitcoins, BTC to bolivar trading volume has been growing steadily, with 2,485 coins traded in the week ending Feb. 9, up from 2,004 coins the previous week.

Venezuela’s BTC Trading Volumes Hit Record Highs as Crypto Regulations Commence

Another P2P platform, Paxful, is reporting similar growth. The company told on Tuesday that BTC trading volume for Venezuela on its platform increased by 74.66 percent in 2018 compared to the previous year, taking into account only successful trades. In addition, the number of trades increased by 118 percent in the same time period, averaging 61,534 transactions monthly.

The platform has 40,309 users in Latin America, 8,817 of which are in Venezuela. There are currently 1,123 active users in the country, with most of them located in the capital city of Caracas, the company revealed. Additionally, Venezuela now accounts for more traffic to Paxful’s website than any other country, at 36.99 percent.

Venezuela’s BTC Trading Volumes Hit Record Highs as Crypto Regulations Commence

Crypto Adoption Accelerating

“Adoption is [growing] really fast” in Venezuela, Indian crypto exchange Instashift with a presence in Venezuela told on Tuesday. The exchange reported seeing strong demand for BTC in Venezuela earlier this year, ahead of the other 44 countries it also operates in. Marketing officer Jacob Mani elaborated that “People know about cryptocurrency and are very much aware about the developments in the crypto space. Moreover, Venezuelans are very courteous and welcoming about new ideas and possibilities that they have got.” He also noted that “Big stores like Traki are accepting bitcoin.”

Venezuela’s BTC Trading Volumes Hit Record Highs as Crypto Regulations Commence

Crypto Regulations Enter Into Force

The government of Nicolas Maduro recently began regulating the cryptocurrency industry. The decree enacting the country’s crypto regulations containing 63 articles was published in Official Gazette 41.575 at the end of January.

It establishes a comprehensive set of rules for all crypto-related activities in the country and installs the National Superintendency of Crypto Assets and Related Activities (Sunacrip) as the main regulator of the crypto space. The powers given to Sunacrip include the ability to audit all crypto businesses, to set the prices of cryptocurrencies in bolivars, and to legally confiscate mining equipment. In addition, the regulator is building a database of all crypto service providers in the country.

On Feb. 8, Sunacrip further announced that it is now regulating remittances made using cryptocurrencies. The regulator has set a monthly limit and will be collecting commissions of up to 15 percent of the transaction amount.

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Venezuelan Nonprofit Eatbch Celebrates First Anniversary Amidst Hyperinflation


On Sunday, Feb. 10, the creators of the charitable organization Eatbch, a nonprofit food drive powered by bitcoin cash, celebrated its one-year anniversary. Eatbch has come along way since its inception feeding Venezuelans thousands of meals alongside branching out to other less fortunate regions like South Sudan.

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Eatbch Celebrates One Year of Helping People in Need

This week the nonprofit Eatbch is celebrating its one-year anniversary after two individuals started the charity with just a $5 donation. With this small fraction of bitcoin cash, the organization managed to give 40 arepas (a type of food made of ground maize dough or cooked flour) in just one location and the group realized the potential of this type of charity.

Venezuelan Nonprofit Eatbch Celebrates First Anniversary Amidst Hyperinflation

“After a few months, we were giving thousands of meals each week in 23 locations in 6 states of the country,” explained José the cofounder of Eatbch Venezuela. Even though the funds have helped Venezuelans a great deal, José detailed that the economic situation in the country has not improved.

“A few days ago, the Venezuelan-Colombian crossing was blocked to avoid tons of aid from entering to the country — And the Venezuelan people highly need this. Inflation has skyrocketed to unseen levels, as high as 2,500,000 percent,” José emphasized while discussing the one-year anniversary.

The Eatbch cofounder added:

According to many economists worldwide, it will reach 10,000,000 percent at the end of the year and the level of uncertainty and fear we feel right now is unimaginable — For most of the people who receive hot meals each week, we are their only guaranteed meal that they can count on.

Venezuelan Nonprofit Eatbch Celebrates First Anniversary Amidst Hyperinflation

Crypto’s Utility Phase Emerging

In addition to helping people in Venezuela, the operation also branched off into South Sudan back in the summer of 2018. The region also has one of the highest inflation rates in the world and the citizens of South Sudan have been dealing with economic turmoil and a lack of daily nourishment.

Venezuelan Nonprofit Eatbch Celebrates First Anniversary Amidst Hyperinflation

“[Eatbch South Sudan] has been doing an amazing job providing meals for thousands for people who have been escaping the ongoing war,” José remarked. Last year, the group also caught the attention of the CEO of Coinbase, Brian Armstrong, who believes cryptocurrencies can give people in need economic freedom.

“In terms of crypto helping people (the utility phase emerging) this is pretty awesome,” Armstrong stated at the time.

Venezuelan Nonprofit Eatbch Celebrates First Anniversary Amidst Hyperinflation

José further detailed how the cofounders first started the nonprofit and debated on how Eatbch would operate. Many people asked the group to accept several different cryptocurrencies but the charity decided to accept just one. “Bitcoin Cash was and still is, the best cryptocurrency for us — It has the lowest fees, ensuring that we won’t lose your donations because of transaction costs,” José’s anniversary blog post emphasized.

The cofounder noted:

[Bitcoin cash] has widespread exchange support and it’s also easy to use, so we could convince merchants to accept BCH.

After finishing a year of good deeds, the Eatbch team said they are very thankful for the BCH community and all the volunteers who have helped them. Because of this growth and excitement, José said the nonprofit has gained attention from the mainstream press. The cofounder concluded that this attention is of no surprise to him because the community has impacted the lives of thousands of Venezuelans. “I thank you all deeply from the bottom of my heart for all your help and support,” the charity’s creator finished.

What do you think about the nonprofit Eatbch and its one-year anniversary? Do you think cryptocurrencies can empower global citizens suffering from economic turmoil? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comments section below.

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