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El Salvador tipped to become a financial powerhouse in the Americas

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  • El Salvador has been tipped to become the next financial hub in the Americas.
  • The country’s progressive economic trajectory at a glance.

El Salvador is being hailed as a potential financial hub in the Americas, drawing comparisons to Singapore, according to Gabor Gurbacs, a strategy adviser at VanEck, an investment management firm. Gurbacs expressed this sentiment in a recent post on X (formerly Twitter), suggesting that El Salvador holds the promise of becoming the “Singapore of the Americas.”

El Salvador holds the potential to become a financial hub

Drawing parallels to Singapore’s transformation in the late 1990s, Gurbacs anticipates that increased capital investment and immigration will be pivotal in driving economic growth for El Salvador in the coming years. These discussions emerged in response to a post by Max Keiser, a prominent United States broadcaster and Bitcoin advocate, who now resides in El Salvador. Keiser’s post titled “Move to #ElSalvador, The New Land of the Free” highlighted various reasons, including Bitcoin’s legal tender status, and the presence of the U.S. dollar as currency.

Max Keiser also talked about efforts to curb crime, the country’s scenic beaches, and its renowned coffee, as factors that make El Salvador an attractive destination. El Salvador gained prominence as an emerging economy after Nayib Bukele assumed the presidency in June 2019. The country’s sovereign bonds have outperformed many other emerging markets, boasting an exceptional 70% return by August, capturing the attention of significant financial institutions like JPMorgan and other large investment banks.

The country’s progressive economic trajectory at a glance

Bukele’s administration made headlines globally in September 2021 by legalizing Bitcoin as an official tender and introducing a Bitcoin custodial wallet, Chivo Wallet, accessible to all Salvadorans in the same week. Furthermore, El Salvador is leveraging its volcanic resources to power a Bitcoin mining initiative, Volcano Energy, which was launched in June following a substantial $1 billion investment. Keiser is actively involved in this initiative as the company’s executive chairman. The country’s first mining pool was initiated through a partnership with Bitcoin miners Luxor Technology in October.

In a strategic move to boost its cryptocurrency initiatives, El Salvador appointed Saifedean Ammous, the renowned author of The Bitcoin Standard, as an economic advisor to the National Bitcoin Office in May. The nation aims to accumulate Bitcoin as part of a strategy to alleviate its debt burden within the next five years. Additionally, Bukele took a bold step in April by eliminating all taxes on technological innovations. This move is anticipated to attract more entrepreneurs and foreign capital to invest and settle in the country, further boosting its economic prospects.

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Owotunse Adebayo

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