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Baracoin is Developing a Mutually Beneficial, Cashless Economy to Promote Trade, Travel and Development in Africa

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What was the original purpose of bitcoin? To develop a digital currency, not controlled by a corrupt government or organisation and which could be used in regular transactions. To this end, bitcoin has largely failed. The development of bitcoin is controlled by a handful of powerful mining groups who disagree amongst themselves over the future of bitcoin, leading to a number of forks of bitcoin in recent months, examples of which include Bitcoin Cash and Bitcoin Gold.

In addition, the massive demand for bitcoin has ground transaction times to a near standstill, sometimes taking hours to complete even small transactions along with charging fees in the tens of dollars. Combined with all this are the massive price fluctuations that bitcoin (and indeed other coins) face on a daily basis. These all make it difficult for bitcoin and the vast majority of Altcoins to serve as a daily currency. Indeed, bitcoin now serves primarily as an investment platform and store of value. Bitcoin has failed but the need for digital currency immune to whims of governments & profiteering financial institutions while delivering fast and convenient payments and transfers has not gone away. The entire cryptocurrency space remains a massive experimental hub, where new innovations and iterations of past currency models continue to incubate. Which one of these will prove to be the stable, secure and cheap currency that many desire?

An Irish company, Tribal Nexus Ltd, has developed a new cryptocurrency, Baracoin, which is seeking to be the answer to that question. Baracoin is planning to launch its service this year and is aiming to bring a stable digital currency, backed by an equal reserve of Euro, to several African nations, starting off in Southern and Eastern Africa. The company’s decision to focus on Africa is unsurprising, considering that this is a region which has suffered from profiteering of financial institutions, with high costs for basic financial services – including the continent’s large remittances bill (Valued at over $40 Billion annually), along with socio-political issues which have led to unstable local currencies, and cash shortages in some of the countries. This is without taking into account the large swathes of the population not served by traditional financial services institutions, due to challenges like access (e.g. Banks tend not to set up in rural areas) and restrictive Customer Due Diligence policies.

Thus, Africa is not only ripe for expansion of cashless economy, with Sub-Saharan Africans six times more likely to only use a mobile payment account than the rest of the world, but the potential benefits of a service like Baracoin’s can be revolutionary for the continent, with similar though more expensive services being shown to have already raised 2% of local populations above World Bank definitions of poverty.

Furthermore, this is a continent growing faster than the rest of the world, with increasing levels of IT literacy, urbanization and growing, young middle-class populations.

Each Baracoin will be backed by a 1:1 reserve of Euros, facilitated by Company’s relation with Bank of Ireland, ensuring the price of the currency remains stable. Building on the foundations of the robust and proven Stellar Blockchain Platform, Baracoin will be supremely quick to transact, a matter of seconds in most cases. Transaction fees will also be minimal, at 0.25 – 0.75%, becoming even cheaper with additional offers and discounts.

Furthermore, spending Baracoin will earn customers Baratoken, a loyalty token which can be redeemed for offers and rewards with merchants on our network. Baratoken will also be useful for access to other services provided by the network, including low interest peer-to-peer lending and continental insurance.

The Baracoin team are already working on securing partnerships and on-boarding merchants and other stake holders onto their network, working towards their aim of building a sustainable, mutually beneficial network across the continent and ensure Baracoin users and Baratoken holders have access to goods and services they desire from day 1 of system launch.

The Baracoin team will also be conducting Community Development Projects in the areas it operates. These are projects will seek to train individuals for highly skilled work such as programming, build internet infrastructure and carry out educational workshops and healthcare clinics, aiming to meet local needs and utilise the Baracoin Team’s international networks and expertise.

Baracoin will be conducting a crowdsale in early Q2 of this year to fully fund this project, with Baratoken being sold at this crowdsale. Right now, the Baratoken pre-crowdsale is open.

You can visit https://www.baracoin.io/ for more information and to register your interest and participate.

 

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Conflux Launches Conflux Africa Leadership Scheme (CAL)

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Conflux is a state-of-the-art public blockchain system that can achieve high Transactions per Second (TPS) without compromising decentralization. This system originated from the research lab of Dr. Andrew Yao; a recipient of the Turing Award 2000.

The Conflux system adopts the Tree-Graph consensus mechanism to break the limitation of the current blockchain system by achieving over 3500 TPS in contrast to the existing 30 TPS rate limit. With the Tree-Graph approach, security, scalability, and decentralization are fully optimized.

ConfluxIn 2018, the Conflux Foundation was formed based on the breakthrough of this consensus mechanism, and a regulatory compliant fundraise was completed to build an open infrastructure. It is the only state-endorsed public, permissionless blockchain in China.

Through the Tree-Graph Research Institute, Conflux is advancing education and research in blockchain development. It does this in partnership with the government of Shanghai and the Key Laboratory of Blockchain Infrastructure & Applications, with the government of Hunan.

Conflux aims at bridging Asian and Western communities and economies, to enable the secure flow of assets and data across borders, protocols & applications. The Conflux protocol is fast, scalable, solidity compatible with zero congestions and low fees.

With its headquarters in Beijing China, Conflux has expanded its global operations with a diverse distributed team across four continents, with additional offices in Toronto, Canada, and Lagos, Nigeria.

In 2019, Conflux Network set base in Africa and has since been able to secure some reputable partnerships, building a community of over 5000 people in Nigeria and a few other African countries.

Taking a step further, Conflux Network is looking at getting African leaders in Kenya, Ghana, and South Africa. In achieving this goal, Conflux Africa is interested in people with little knowledge in the following areas: Brand Ambassadors, Developers, Crypto traders, experienced meetup organizers, and community builders.

Conflux Africa Leaders (CAL) would be entrusted with the responsibilities of engaging, educating, and empowering people. Conflux will also bear the cost incurred by each CAL while performing their tasks.

Conflux Africa Leaders will be rewarded for their work based on performance. In addition, a clear job description and key performance indicators will be set for all CAL’s. They will be rewarded with the Conflux native token which is currently trading on top exchanges like Binance, OKEx, CITEX, BitAsset, BKEX, MXC, and Gate.io.

Conflux is open to teaching young developers who intend to learn how to develop blockchain solutions in the upcoming summer User-Managed Access (UMA) initiative.

Click here to become a Conflux Africa Lead today.

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Bitzlato & Lemonade Finance: The Easiest Way to Buy Bitcoin in Nigeria

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Buy Bitcoin With Ease and Without Fees Using Bitzlato & Lemonade Finance

Bitzlato, the latest P2P Crypto Exchange to enter the African market, has added Lemonade.Finance, a borderless platform for Africa, as a payment method to its platform.

BitzlatoLemonade Finance provides a 100% digital payment experience for Africans to participate in the global economy from anywhere in the world without any hassle or regardless of where they are from.

The partnership will enable users on the Bitzlato (BZ) platform to buy and sell bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies on the marketplace at zero cost.

During the first month, Bitzlato will refund commissions in manual mode while using Lemonade Finance, but this will be automated at the end of this period. 

But that’s not all! Users in Nigeria will now also be able to send Nigerian Naira (NGN) to MPESA at a 0% transaction fee.

International Money Transfers at Zero Costs

In addition to using Lemonade Finance on Bitzlato, the new partnership allows Nigerians to send fiat funds to Kenya, Ghana, and other countries with 0% transaction fees!

And Yes! This includes direct transactions from Lemonade to Mpesa!

You can find a «Lemonade to Mpesa» payment method in Electronic Payment for trades with Kenyan shilling (KES)! 

 

Speaking about the new partnership, Ridwan Olarere, CEO, Lemonade Finance, said:

“We are excited to partner with such an innovative company like Bitzlato to connect more Africans through payment. Many Africans living on the continent face many difficulties when making payments as remittance companies charge high fees and are time-consuming. We are now providing our users with a cost-effective way of sending money to Ghana, Kenya, the UK, and Europe.”

Commenting on the opportunities this provides to crypto traders on the BZ platform, Mike Lunov, CEO, BZ, said:

“This partnership will provide a much-needed gateway that enables the markets we serve to seamlessly interact with each other in a borderless and open environment. We seek to break the barriers that presently exist for cross-border transfers and enable our users to generate value through the opportunities that accrue from cryptocurrency trading. The innovation exhibited by the Lemonade platform, and the brilliance of its team assures users of top-notch, secure, and reliable transfers going forward.”

Following this partnership, Bitzlato is now looking to partner with merchants in the crypto space, especially in Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa that have a steady flow of Nigerian Naira (NGN) to increase liquidity on the platform.

Take advantage of the new Lemonade Finance payment method on Bitzlato, which offers zero transactional fees for money transfers from Nigeria into Kenya, sign up to Bitzlato and start trading crypto today.

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Mark Carnegie’s Crypto Fund Eyes Massive Returns

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Mark Carnegie, the world-renowned Venture Capital Investor and entrepreneur hailing from Australia, plans to launch an unlisted cryptocurrency fund. Mr. Carnegie’s MHC Fund will use a bold combination of complex DeFi (Decentralised Finance) and Crypto-Trading strategies to generate a 30 per cent annual return for investors.

Mark CarnegieFrom his holiday home in Madagascar, Mr. Carnegie, expressing his views with his characteristic wit and energy, repeated prior ideas that investors should allocate 1 to 2 per cent of their net worth to crypto as a hedge against inflation risks:

“The money printing is a risk and you’ve got to think what you’re going to do to protect yourself against it. Now, with Australia the general solution is buy a house. The problem about that is you forgo a tonne of liquidity if that’s your only solution,” he said.  

Mr. Carnegie, who regrets not recognizing the potential of DeFi and crypto earlier in his career, has joined forces with Russian-born Sergei Sergienko – a star in crypto, blockchain, and fintech circles – to launch the MHC Digital Asset Fund, which is designed for sophisticated investors, with a minimum investment floor of 50,000$.

The MHC Fund will invest 45 to 75 percent of its assets in cryptocurrencies with a market cap of at least 1 billion USD (1.3 Billion AUD), such as Bitcoin and Ether. In addition, the fund will invest 30 to 60 percent of its assets into stablecoin denominated DeFi strategies.

Mr. Carnegie is energetically moving forward with a prototype fund involving a few private investors who, along with Mr. Sergienko, have put some money down to successfully launch and trade it.

Sergey Sergienko“Sergei’s got a whole lot of what I call proprietary alpha in that he knows a lot more people that are real in this community,” Mr. Carnegie said. “He’s proven and therefore access to his proprietary deal flow allows you, for not a huge amount of capital exposed, to get a disproportionate upside in some of those things. 

“So we think we can put together a portfolio. It’s not going to get all the upside of the crypto market, but it’s going to take some sting out of the downside.” 

One characteristic DeFi strategy the fund will take advantage of is known as “Staking”. Staking allows market participants to make assets available on a specific blockchain network in exchange for a yield.

“We also think we’re going to be able to make intelligent asymmetric bets in the options market,” said Mr. Carnegie. “We aren’t a typical investor in this space in that we’re prepared to trade away some of the upside [to target the 30 per cent return].”

Crypto-savvy Sergey Sergienko has made quite a name for himself in Russia as a millionaire crypto trader and audacious user of the Clubhouse application. During the last decade, he has spent a fair amount of time travelling between bitcoin mining sites in abandoned Siberian factories – taking advantage of abundant and cheap electricity – and his home in Paddington, Sydney.

“We use automatic market makers and the discrepancies in returns in stable coins to produce a greater return for the fund,” Mr. Sergienko said. 

“Effectively, we’re providing liquidity to automatic market makers on DeFi market protocols and receive commission from the trades executed on those protocols. We do it on different blockchains, thereby also taking advantage of different pricing for commission on different blockchains.” 

The MHC fund is designed to capture the upside from the rise in Bitcoin. However, Mr. Carnegie believes the leading cryptocurrency is less sophisticated compared to the ethereum blockchain’s world-changing potential to contribute to the vision of a more libertarian world enlightened by decentralised finance.

“It’s hard, hard, hard to understand it [DeFi] and turn it into a language for people from the outside,” he said. “The reason I’m doing this rather than HODL, which is buy bitcoin and hold on for dear life, is it’s just for me a weak part of your investment thesis, the strongest is proper DeFi and proper smart contracts.” 

Ethereum, dubbed the World Computer, is an open-source blockchain platform. Value is transferred across this platform thanks to a cryptocurrency called Ether.

Ether is also used to pay for transactions on the network. Ethereum powered smart contracts allow, among other things, the use of digital escrow accounts to ensure tradies receive payment when a job is completed.

“I thought ether was going to outperform bitcoin and everything else. So the bitcoin people have done better than me,” Mr. Carnegie said. “But I thought it was better to try and put together a more complicated portfolio with Sergei because this thing is so dynamic. All the success in DeFi is going to pull bitcoin higher with it.”

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