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Nigeria Greenlights National Blockchain Policy to Boost Digital Economy

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In Brief

  • Nigeria has approved a National Blockchain Policy to boost its economy.
  • The technology will be used in finance, healthcare, supply chain, and transportation.
  • Nigeria will also regulate crypto after an attempt to ban it failed.
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Nigeria has approved a National Blockchain Policy to boost its digital economy. A broad range of industries will employ this technology.

Nigeria has taken a few steps forward in its bid to include blockchain technology in its economy. The country’s Federal Executive Council approved a blockchain policy that would help boost its digital economy, with both the public and private sectors involved in the discussions.

Blockchain Policy for a Digital Economy

The Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy was responsible for developing the policy, which focuses on creating a policy that incorporates all of the benefits of blockchain technology.

Regarding this, the press release stated,

“The vision of the Policy is to create a Blockchain-powered economy that supports secure transactions, data sharing, and value exchange between people, businesses, and Government, thereby enhancing innovation, trust, growth, and prosperity for all. The implementation of the National Blockchain Policy will have a positive effect on both the public and private sectors of the country.”

The press release also suggested that the technology could be utilized in the healthcare, transportation, and supply chain industries and the financial industry.

The agency urged both public and private sector entities to consider implementing blockchain solutions.

Nigeria to Allow Tokenized Assets

Nigeria has taken other steps with respect to the utility of tokenized assets. The country’s Securities and Exchange Commission aims to allow tokenized assets.

The change would include allowing tokenized coin offerings on licensed digital exchanges. However, these must be backed by assets that include equity, debt, or property, but not crypto.

Crypto Regulation Worldwide
Crypto Regulation Worldwide. Source: Statista

Like other nations, Nigeria is keen on ensuring that there must be a certain standard of investor protection.

Nigeria’s SEC would focus on having fintech firms register as digital sub-brokers, crowdfunding intermediaries, fund managers, and more. It’s the first step in what may be a long line of regulatory actions.

The African Nation Sets Out to Regulate Crypto

Nigerians are extremely fond of crypto and are keen to have the asset class permitted. The government has launched a CBDC called the e-Naira, which Nigerians are taking to.

Since its launch in October 2021, about 13 million users have created e-wallets.

In December 2022, the government said it would regulate cryptocurrencies as its central bank had failed to contain a ban it had implemented in early 2021. Amid all of this, Bitcoin has been trading at a premium in Nigeria.

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Rahul Nambiampurath's cryptocurrency journey first began in 2014 when he stumbled upon Satoshi's Bitcoin whitepaper. With a bachelor's degree in Commerce and an MBA in Finance from Sikkim Manipal University, he was among the few that first recognized the sheer untapped potential of decentralized technologies. Since then, he has helped DeFi platforms like Balancer and Sidus Heroes — a web3 metaverse — as well as CEXs like Bitso (Mexico's biggest) and Overbit to reach new heights with his...
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