Finance

From Afghanistan to Ukraine, crypto adoption is now going global

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Last week, El Salvador officially became the first country in the world to make bitcoin legal tender — but it’s not the only nation moving quickly on crypto adoption. In the past month, Ukraine has legalized cryptocurrency, Panama introduced a bill that would allow crypto to be accepted for payment, and Afghanistan has seen crypto adoption skyrocket. Each country has different reasons for embracing …

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Nigeria ranked the country with the highest cryptocurrency adoption in the world

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In a recent survey that evaluated dozens of countries according to crypto usage, Nigeria ranks 1st as the country with the highest crypto adoption in the world. The survey finds that one-in-three Nigerians have used or owned crypto at some point. The survey also showed that around 300 million people globally in 2021 have owned or used crypto at some point in their lives. …

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Ghana’s central bank to partner German firm to pilot digital currency

GHANA’S central bank will partner with a German technology firm to commence the piloting of the proposed electronic currency from September, a release said Wednesday. The Bank of Ghana (BoG) said in a release it had signed an agreement with Giesecke + Devrient (G+D), the German firm, to implement the Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) project ahead of the official …

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Transforming the African insurance sector through digital innovations

Innovation through technology has been a major driver of transformation in financial sectors across the world. In the last couple of decades, technology has been transforming the African insurance industry albeit at a slower pace compared to other industries such as banking and retail.Within the insurance industry, the transformation has been prevalent, mainly in internal process automation to drive efficiencies …

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Ghana becomes first country in Africa to implement Universal QR CODE payment system

Ghana has become the first African country to implement a universal quick response code (QR Code) payment system. The innovative technology was outdoored in Accra on Thursday when Vice President Bawumia demonstrated its practical implementation at the popular Aunti Muni Waakye in Accra. The universal QR Code payment system allows a customer to make payment for goods and services to …

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Gutsy Zambia becomes first African country to defy private creditors

The African country wants to divert resources to take care of its people during the pandemic. One of the poorest countries in the world, Zambia, has decided to temporarily suspend interest payments to private creditors as it struggles to contain the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. President Edgar Lungu’s government has suspended them for six months, starting from October. …

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7 business and management courses for a more resilient future

The wave of economic disruption from COVID-19 has affected every industry; we are no longer operating under “business as usual.” Biz + Management courses Explore how you can build the business skills and acumen that help companies of all kinds navigate this new normal and build more resilient futures. Browse our lookbook highlighting seven top courses and programs that cover …

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Jeff Bezos now worth a whopping $202 billion

The billionaire isn’t alone — other tech tycoons have been getting much wealthier throughout the pandemic as demand for their companies’ goods and services continues to grow. Bezos Earlier this month, Facebook (FB) CEO Mark Zuckerberg was dubbed a “centibillionaire,” as his wealth surpassed $100 billion. Tesla (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk, with a net worth of $96 billion, is close …

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Financial Inclusion in the COVID-19 Era: Policy Responses in West Africa

According to the World Bank’s Global Findex report (2017), the share of adults in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) with access to accounts in financial institutions or mobile money (MM) services increased from 34 percent to 43 percent in the period, 2011 to 2017. The Financial Ecosystem. Photo courtesy Google Since 2010, a growing number of SSA countries have launched or are …

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