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Zimbabwean Digital Currency Startup BitFinance Changes Name to Golix

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Zimbabwe’s leading bitcoin startup, BitFinance, has changed its name to Golix. The Harare-based startup was launched in 2014 to offer Zimbabwe’s economy a better currency solution than its current one.

BitFinance’s founders, Verengai Mabika, Tawanda Kembo and Tawanda Maguze, saw bitcoin as a game-changer in the money-transfer industry and a potential alternative currency that would salvage the monetary challenges that the country has been going through.

New Name To Suit Move From Bitcoin to Digital Currency Company

In an email to its users, Golix shared the news saying: “We’re thrilled to have you as an integral part of our vision and today we’re excited to let you know that we’re moving into the future and changing our brand from BitFinance to Golix.”

They went on to state, “We started BitFinance in December 2014 to make it super easy for Zimbabweans to use bitcoin. For a country that had so many ‘monetary problems’, we strongly believed that bitcoin was going to make our people’s lives significantly better because it gave them financial autonomy. We were right and we chose our brand names (BitFinance and BitcoinFundi) to position ourselves as a bitcoin company.

It became clear to us that in the future, bitcoin will not be the only digital currency that succeeds. A few months ago, we started investing in other digital currencies and have seen that it works, so we are doubling down.

Today is a remarkable day for us, and most importantly you, our customers. It marks the completion of our transition from being ‘just a bitcoin company’ to being ‘a digital currency company’. And so, from today onwards, we shall be known as Golix.”

BitFinance Overcame Funding Challenges to Build Established Digital Exchange

Earlier on in their venture, BitFinance were unable to scale up their business due to lack of investors. Investors were scared to invest due to Zimbabwe’s weak economy. Although they made several applications to various investors globally, they were always turned down.

Luck was on their side when in 2015 they received funding from Savannah Fund, a Nairobi-based seed fund. They used the investment to establish the first and only local bitcoin exchange in Zimbabwe, BitFundi.

BitFundi has continued to experience strong growth with an increasing number of transactions since its launch. The exchange can now be found on Golix.io under the company’s new name.

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Binance Launches Fiat-to-Crypto Exchange in Uganda

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Global bitcoin exchange Binance has launched a new fiat-cryptocurrency exchange in Uganda. The exchange will also be offering a reward of 0.5 BNB to the first 20,000 users that register on the site as part of its promotion in Uganda.

The announcement comes nearly two months after Binance partnered with Crypto Savannah, Made in Africa initiative, and Msingi East Africa to promote economic development in the East African country.

Changpeng Zhao and Yi He founded Binance in 2017 and raised $15 million through an initial coin offering for its ERC20 token BNB in July of the same year.

The exchange plans to move its offices to the island nation of Malta after the implementation of stricter regulations in China and Japan. In January 2018, Binance was the largest crypto exchange with a market capitalisation of $1.3 billion.

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BinanceBinance will also offer its Ugandan users a month of zero trading fees when trading goes online. The exchange will announce the opening for trading at a later date.

Users can find out if they have won any rewards by logging into their accounts and accessing ‘Distribution History’ in the Account Center. In addition, users will be required to complete ID verification to be able to withdraw funds from Binance.

Ugandan users will enjoy an exchange that offers fast transactions of up to 1.4 million per second and state-of-the-art storage technology for utmost security. The exchange also provides 24/7 customer support and has a user-friendly interface.

The presence of Binance in Uganda aims to boost financial inclusion in the country, which has increased from 28 percent in 2009 to 54 percent in 2013 according to its national financial inclusion strategy 2017-2022.

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LINE Corp to Launch Cryptocurrency Exchange BITBOX in July for Global Trading

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The developers of popular messaging app LINE and LINE Group’s cryptocurrency and blockchain company LVC Corporation have announced that they are set to launch a new cryptocurrency exchange called BITBOX in July 2018. The Japan-based firm made the announcement during the LINE Conference 2018 held in Tokyo.

The New BITBOX Exchange

BITBOXBITBOX will offer over 30 high-demand cryptocurrencies to users globally with the exception of Japan and the US. The exchange will trade coins such as bitcoin, ether, litecoin, and bitcoin cash while charging low trading fees of 0.1 percent. BITBOX will support 15 languages, according to the company press release.

The selected cryptocurrencies for the exchange have undergone an extensive screening exercise and have been picked by an internal committee, promising users a convenient and safe trading experience. LINE will also incorporate its top security standards to the cryptocurrency exchange.

LINE Corporation CEO Takeshi Idezawa said:

“As a key part of LINE’s new financial services, BITBOX shows our commitment to fulfilling the growing demand for more diverse financial options. With BITBOX, LINE users will be able to access cryptocurrencies more easily, while also being assured of state-of-art security measures to protect their assets.”

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Nigerians Have Invested Over $5m in Cryptocurrencies Despite Regulator Warnings Says KureCoin Hub

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Nigerians have invested over five million US dollars in the cryptocurrency market in the last couple of years according to data from Nigerian cryptocurrency platform KureCoin Hub.

The data shows that Nigerian retail investors are investing heavily in the cryptocurrency market despite warnings from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) against investing in an unregulated market.

KureCoin Hub’s co-founder and CEO Tega Abikure has criticised the stance regulators have taken and argues that the country will lag behind as other countries enjoy the benefits of blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies. Abikure told New Telegraph:

“It is not a matter of whether the government likes it; it is about whether they need it. I am not sure the internet was liked when it first came. […] It is not a matter of whether they are going to embrace it; it is about when they are going to do so.”

Abikure observed that other countries such as Uganda and South Africa have already taken steps towards adopting blockchain technology while Kenya is pushing forward with a functioning blockchain taskforce.

“Nigeria is being left behind,” he noted.

The Blockchain as a Source of Foreign Direct Investments

Abikure also believes that blockchain technology could be a major source of Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs) in the next five to ten years. In addition, he is of the opinion that a lot of money is being made in cryptocurrencies on the continent with most of it leaving Africa’s economy.

On one of the benefits of blockchain technology, he said: “[The blockchain] is completely transparent and cannot be changed; it can be used to create a decentralised system of payment where the taxpayer had an unhindered access to the collector which is the government. It enhances revenue collection and removes the challenges of remittances.”

Blockchain technology can also improve the banking sector, the electoral process, the use of donations in charitable projects, and the supply chain, among many other use cases.

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