- IMF predicts a turnaround in CAR’s economy despite its Bitcoin adoption.
- The country’s entry into the crypto space signals a potential for future economic growth.
The Central African Republic (CAR) has been met with optimism from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) one year after it adopted Bitcoin (BTC) as a legal tender. The IMF’s positive stance is based on CAR’s economic prospects and the impact of embracing the crypto.
IMF shows optimism about CAR’s economic prospects
In a recently published report, the IMF expressed a more favorable view of the CAR’s economic future in 2023. The report highlights a projected rebound in gross domestic product (GDP) growth, estimated at 2.2%. This growth is attributed to factors such as the base effect and policy adjustments that have led to improved fuel supply. The IMF also expects an average inflation rate of 6.3% for the year.
While the report suggests that the CAR’s projected public debt remains sustainable, it also emphasizes the presence of significant liquidity risks indicated by relevant debt indicators. These risks emanate from a decline in donor support and challenges in accessing several markets.
The CAR made history by becoming the second country, following El Salvador, to adopt Bitcoin as a legal tender. Despite being one of the world’s poorest nations, the CAR is leveraging the potential of Bitcoin to reshape its financial infrastructure and bolster its economic prospects.
Crypto adoption will help the country’s economy
After the country approved Bitcoin as its legal tender, the CAR government wasted no time in kickstarting the integration of its digital currency. CAR President Faustin-Archange Touadera unveiled the Sango Project, signaling the country’s entry into the world of cryptocurrencies.
However, the listing of Sango Coin on crypto exchanges faced delays, which were attributed to prevailing market conditions and marketing considerations. In March, the organization behind Sango Coin announced additional delays, citing legal and regulatory obstacles.
In January 2023, the Sango Project revealed that a government task force is actively working on legal amendments to facilitate the smooth integration of the cryptocurrency. The CAR’s adoption of Bitcoin reflects its commitment to exploring innovative solutions for economic development. By embracing cryptocurrencies, the CAR aims to overcome financial challenges and create new opportunities for its citizens.
While the country still faces liquidity risks and regulatory hurdles, the IMF’s positive assessment of the CAR’s economic prospects indicates that Bitcoin adoption is contributing to a positive outlook for the nation. As the CAR continues its efforts to integrate digital currencies into its financial ecosystem, it remains to be seen how this pioneering move will shape the country’s economic trajectory in the coming years.