FG Hopes to Generate Revenue of US$10 Billion from Blockchain in The Next 10 Years
The Federal Government has said the nation could potentially generate between US$6 billion to US$10 billion from blockchain technology by 2030.
Kashifu Inuwa, the Director-General for Nigeria’s National Information Technology Development Agency, (NITDA) made the statement at a stakeholder meeting organised to review the agency’s National Blockchain Adoption Strategy Framework in the Nigerian capital, Abuja.
In the first draft of the strategy released in October, NITDA stated that blockchain and decentralized ledger technology (DLT) would “facilitate the development of the Nigerian digital economy.”
“We want Nigeria to be strategically placed to capture value from this economic potential of blockchain,” stated Inuwa. “Looking at our youthful population, which is mainly digitally native and with our position in Africa, we are looking at how we can get at least around six to 10 billion dollars by the year 2030.”
“Blockchain is going to play a key role in terms of creating, tracing products and services.”
Inuwa, who cited a PriceWaterhouseCoopers research released in October, said through blockchain technology the world GDP would expand by $1.76 trillion in the next 10 years, representing about 1.4 percent of the global GDP by 2030.
He said Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy, could incorporate the technology through its provincial services, payment services, digital identity, customer engagement, and contract and dispute resolution applications.
“We see the need for us to position our country well so we can capture value from the blockchain.”
In September, Nigeria’s Securities and Exchange Commission announced it would commence the regulation of cryptocurrency transactions and investments to ensure the security of Nigerians.
This was after a study by Arcane Research showed that Nigeria has the second-largest percentage of cryptocurrency ownership or use among internet users in Africa at 11 percent.
The report released in May showed Nigeria is at the forefront of cryptocurrency in Africa.
Bitcoin Hits Record $19,259 a Coin on Tuesday as Demand Jumps Through the Roof
Demand for the world’s most dominant cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, rose to a record high on Tuesday amid Trump’s renewed attack on China and general global uncertainty.
Bitcoin rose by 5.2 percent to $19,259.64 or N9.471 million per coin as of 2.24 pm Nigerian time on Tuesday.
Ripple rose by 25.05 percent to 0.00003271 BTC or N233.25 per coin, representing over 100 percent increase in the last one week.
Similarly, Bitcoin Cash advanced to fourth place among the most capitalised cryptocurrencies after gaining 16.90 percent in the last 24 hours to 0.00154 BTC or N129,101 per coin with N2.36 trillion market capitalisation and N170.29 billion volume of trade in the last 24 hours.
Demand for cryptocurrencies rose late on Monday after President Trump renewed his trade war with China, in a move that suggested he is out for revenge.
Few reports have said China was supporting the President-elect, Joe Biden, prior to the US presidential election, and as such was using cyberspace to push that agenda like Russia did in 2016.
The surged in global tension despite COVID-19’s three different vaccines led to an increase in demand for cryptocurrencies by institutional investors in the last 24 hours.
Also, demand for crypto assets on both PayPal and CashApp platforms has exceeded the entire supply of newly minted bitcoins, suggesting a serious supply pressure and likely surge in price above the current level in the near-term.
Bitcoin could set a new all-time record high in few days if demand remains high.
Paypal Bullish on Bitcoin But as a Currency
Dan Schulman, the Chief Executive Officer, PayPal, said he is positive about bitcoin’s usefulness as a currency and believed that single fact will prevail over the buy and hold ethos.
According to Schulman, there will be more use cases for cryptocurrencies over time. This, he said would boost cryptocurrency acceptability, growth and stability.
He said “I think that there’ll be more and more use cases for cryptocurrencies,” that make bitcoin more widely accepted, more stable and probably “more valuable” over time.
Schulman further explained that at this stage, central bank digital currency is now a global inevitability. As that happens, “you’ll have more and more utility happen with cryptocurrencies,” he said.
“Both may play important roles going forward,” he said.
PayPal got into cryptocurrency space as an exchange two months ago after pulling out of Facebook’s Libra Group following parliament’s rising scrutiny into Facebook businesses.
Symatri Launches Kala Pro Wallet With Enhanced Cryptocurrency Protection
Kala Wallet, which is used by over 30,000 people, has today launched its Pro Wallet, which comes with enhanced security features and three levels of theft insurance cover: Bronze, which covers up to $1,000; Silver, up to $10,000; and Gold, up to $100,000.
The new Kala Pro Wallet is protected through a partnership with Coincover, creators of the safety standard for crypto, which provides theft cover underwritten by Lloyd’s of London.
While cryptocurrency continues to grow in popularity, a constant concern for anyone that holds – or is considering holding – crypto is the potential to lose access to their assets, whether through an accidental loss of their keys, or a malicious attack.
With Coincover in place, the Kala Pro Wallet provides peace of mind by offering financial protection should a user’s cryptocurrency be inaccessible or stolen. It also notarizes the insurance policy on the Kala blockchain for further proof of coverage.
Darren Olayan, CEO of Symatri, said, “Our community of 30,000 Kala Wallet users already benefit from Kala blockchain’s inherent value and asset verification capability within the Symatri ecosystem, and with the launch of our Pro Wallet they can access enhanced protection against theft and loss.
“We aim to provide the most versatile, secure and usable cryptocurrency and platforms, and our partnership with Coincover supports this ambition.”
David Janczewski, co-founder and CEO of Coincover, added, “As more people benefit from their crypto assets being protected, the popularity of cryptocurrency will continue to grow, and we’re delighted to help companies like Symatri make cryptocurrency an important and useful part of people’s daily lives.”
Kala Pro Wallet offers coverage at three levels, paid annually: Bronze, up to $1,000 coverage for $45; Silver up to $10,000 for $195; and Gold up to $100,000, for $1,020.
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