Bitfinex Targets Emerging Markets to Drive Crypto Adoption

March 7, 2023

By Adedapo Adesanya

One of the earliest cryptocurrencies in the world, Bitfinex, has said amid a global shift, it will be focusing on emerging markets and exploring new ways to bring financial services to those who need them most.

This was made known by the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Bitfinex, Mr Paolo Ardoino, in a chat with Business Post.

“We believe this year will be focused on greater innovation, more transparency, freedom for everyone not served by traditional technologies and financial systems, and an end to practices that have tarnished our industry and obscured the promise that it holds.

“We will also be focusing on the long-term development of the Bitfinex Securities platform. We believe Security Tokens represent the next generation of capital markets,” he explained.

“By matching the technology of the digital asset industry with clearly defined issuer obligations, investor protection, and regulatory oversight, STOs offer investors and issuers a faster, cheaper, and lower friction way to invest, raise capital, and trade. This sets the stage for an exciting 2023 for both Bitfinex Securities and STO markets more broadly,” he added.

The CTO noted that the company had worked relentlessly to educate customers about the benefits and attributes of Bitcoin and the blockchain while providing a technically superior environment to buy, hold, and sell tokens.

“We believe that Bitcoin provides a technology and a payment solution that meets the need for a fast, efficient, and private service. With no centralized servers and unnecessary intermediaries – and at near zero cost – it enables financial inclusion and financial freedom,” he said.

“We are also inspired by the Bitcoin ethos of decentralization to develop peer-to-peer solutions that enable freedom of speech and are proud to be a major shareholder in Holepunch, which has pioneered distributed systems.

“We strongly believe that mass acceptance of crypto is most likely to occur because of its permissionless features and ability to create a more open and equitable world. Bitfinex was born at the dawn of the Bitcoin revolution, and everything we do is focused on creating simple, dependable, and accessible technology that promotes freedom,” he added.

However, he noted that the crypto space has come with many challenges, just as the market continues to evolve.

“Periodically, a new wave of speculation comes accompanied by new cryptocurrencies, which focus more on leveraging trending technologies than necessarily truly understanding them. Part of my role has been to educate and speak about the difference between bitcoin and stablecoins versus other more speculative coins.

“I believe crypto has a lot of potentials to help the unbanked population as long as it’s understood as a freedom tool rather than a quick rich scheme. Myself, and everyone at Bitfinex, is driven by the ethos of Financial Freedom, and we take on the challenge to educate the whole community about this,” he said.

To this end, Mr Ardoino said Bitfinex is at the forefront of promoting cryptocurrency adoption.

“In many Emerging Markets, particularly where there is currency volatility, Bitcoin provides a store of value, a form of remittance, and a gateway to financial freedom,” he added that there are 2 billion people who do not have a bank account because they are too poor and the banks do not want the costs of maintaining those accounts.

To this end, “With Bitcoin, it can be stored for free on the blockchain and can be sent around the world at zero or very low costs. We are also committed to providing a wide range of applications that enable the use of Bitcoin beyond just a savings tool.

“The impending launch of the Volcano Token will set another precedent demonstrating how emerging markets can use Bitcoin to tap access to capital and create a whole new economy,” Mr Ardoino said.

Adedapo Adesanya

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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