니콜라스 마두로, the president of Venezuela, has said the pre-sale of the country’s proposed cryptocurrency – the “석유” – will launch next month.
Signing the petro white paper on Tuesday, Maduro stated that the initial sale of the token will commence on Feb. 20일. President Maduro also revealed that plans are being drawn up to use the petro – which is backed by commodity reserves, including oil – with a national ID card possessed by millions of Venezuelans, a Bloomberg report states.
Maduro further announced that mining centers are being setup at educational institutions to produce the token. This apprently has been revised from an initial draft proposal that the petro was supposed to be pre-mined before launch.
Maduro stated on state TV, 블룸버그 항:
“The petro will have a great impact, in how we access foreign currencies for the country and in how we obtain goods and services that we need from around the world.”
The controversial token was announced back in December of last year, with the declared aim of bypassing financial sanctions.
The country’s opposition-run congress soon after declared that petro is “불법” and that it would be effectively borrowing against the country’s oil reserves. 이와 같이, the move would violate laws that specify the legislature must approve government borrowing.
“이것은 암호 화폐 아니다, 이 베네수엘라 석유의 앞으로 판매입니다,” said legislator Jorge Millan at the time, calling it “tailor-made for corruption.”
또한, 월입니다. 22, 과 미국의. Senators Marco Rubio and Robert Menendez denounced Venezuela’s planned cryptocurrency in an open letter to U.S. 재무 장관 스티븐 Mnuchin.
The two senators wanted to know how the department would move to prevent the country from using the petro to bypass U.S. sanctions.
“It is imperative that the U.S. 재무부과 미국의 회피 암호 화폐의 사용을 방지하기 위해 도구 및 집행 메커니즘을 갖추고 있습니다. 일반적으로 제재, 특히이 경우이다.”
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