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Weekly Roundup: Binance Becomes Partner of the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards & More

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In this week’s news roundup, you’ll read about Binance’s partnership with the Recording Academy, Tanzania’s push for clear acceptable global guidelines on crypto assets and CBDCs, and more.

Binance Becomes The Official Cryptocurrency Exchange Partner of the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards

Binance has become the first-ever official cryptocurrency exchange to sign a partnership with the Recording Academy to become the partner for the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards and GRAMMY Week events, including the inaugural Recording Academy Honors celebration.

Speaking about the partnership, Panos A. Panay, the Recording Academy Co-President said, “As we continue to evolve the Recording Academy for a rapidly changing music industry and for the next generation of creators, we feel that it’s important to work with innovative partners to explore new monetization avenues for our members and create new experiences for music fans. As the leading player in the crypto and blockchain space and with its community-focused approach, Binance is the perfect partner for the GRAMMYs and for our mission to empower music people around the world.”

As the GRAMMY’s official crypto exchange partner, Binance will work with the Recording Academy throughout the year to introduce different Web3 technology solutions and experiences to the organization’s events, initiatives, and members.

Yi He, the Binance Co-Founder, said, “Starting with the GRAMMYs, we are excited to work together with the Recording Academy to bring fresh new experiences powered by blockchain and all the great things Web3 technology can bring to entertainment.”

Additional details about the partnership will be announced at a later date.

Tanzania Hosts Talks on Cryptocurrencies in Partnership With the International Monetary Fund

Tanzania’s top financial sector officials have asked for a clearer universal consensus on crypto assets and Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) as the nation continues to study the direction to take in the crypto space.

bitcoin in TanzaniaThe request was made during a regional conference that was hosted by the Bank of Tanzania and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Tuesday.

Mwigulu Nchemba, Tanzania’s Finance and Planning Minister, said that both topics needed to be discussed more in-depth before the country could decide on the way forward. The two-day virtual convention that continued through to Wednesday, had been specifically organised for Anglophone countries in the Sub-Saharan region to gain more insights on issues such as financial inclusion and integrity, digital and cybersecurity risks, legal issues and interoperability in relation to CBDCs and cryptocurrency dealings.

According to Dr Nchemba, the Bank of Tanzania is “finalising preparations of a business case for establishment of a CBDC in Tanzania and evaluation of crypto assets after recording significant progress” in formalising digital financial services.

The IMF, on it’s part, said that central banks in each country are expected to decide their own main objectives before embracing CBDCs. According to Bo Li, IMF’s Deputy Managing Director, “there is no across-the-board formula for all countries.” He went on to say that the main focus for IMF in the global cryptocurrencies debate is to push for the establishment of a “strong, comprehensive and consistent regulatory framework” for dealings in crypto assets.

In addition, the IMF said that it neither encourages nor discourages countries to issue CBDCs but only works to provide technical assistance to countries that opt to do so on design features that support public policy objectives alongside competitive, efficient, and resilient payment systems.

Crypto Exchange FTX Set to Launch in West Africa

Cryptocurrency exchange FTX is set to start rolling out its platform in Africa in the next few weeks. The news comes barely a month after FTX partnered with Kenyan-based fintech firm, AZA Finance, in a bid to expand Web3 in the African continent.

In an interview on Tuesday with Elizabeth Rossiello, the founder of AZA Finance, FTX will first be launched in West Africa before expanding into other markets within the African region. FTX plans to offer its products to the African continent thanks to the continent’s rapidly growing population and it also being a host to some of the world’s fastest-growing economies.

Rossiello went on to add that the platform will be launched in three African countries in the coming months and within the next two years, the two companies hope to be operational in all major and secondary markets in Africa.

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Weekly Roundup: Kenya’s Capital Markets Bill 2022 Seeks to Tax Crypto Transactions & More

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In this week’s news roundup, you will read about Kenyan legislators getting ready to debate the new Capital Markets 2022 bill that seeks to tax cryptocurrencies in the country and more.

Kenya’s Capital Markets Bill 2022 Seeks to Tax Crypto Transactions

A Kenyan Member of Parliament has introduced a new Bill – dubbed the Capital Markets (Amendment) Bill 2022 – that seeks to introduce taxation on crypto exchanges and digital wallets, as well as impose transaction taxes on cryptocurrency transactions executed in the country.

The proposed Bill will give the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) the mandate to go after Kenyans who own digital currencies for the purposes of imposing taxation on their crypto holdings. Additionally, the proposed Bill is the first time that the East African country will bring digital currencies mainstream and establish regulations around cryptocurrencies. The Bill suggests a capital gains tax for the increased market value of crypto during its sale or use in a transaction. The proposed capital gains tax is akin to the excise duty tax charged by banks on transactions. 

Interestingly, the fragments of the Bill are quite similar to the policy interventions that were published by UNCTAD in July 2022 and aimed at helping to curb the risks associated with cryptocurrencies and stablecoins. The Bill is being presented as an attempt to justify crypto regulations in the country as a way of protecting Kenyans from such investments.

IMF Claims Africa’s Growing Crypto Market Needs Better Regulations

Following the collapse of the crypto exchange, FTX, and the crypto bear market witnessed thus far in 2022, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) claims that it might be time to push for calls to regulate the crypto markets in Africa in order to protect consumers. 

While acknowledging that regulating a highly volatile decentralized system that is highly volatile remains a challenge for most governments, the IMF believes that a balance can be achieved that minimizes risks and innovation. According to the IMF, only one-quarter of countries in Sub-Saharan Africa have formally regulated digital currencies. In contrast, two-thirds have enacted some restrictions, and only six countries have banned crypto. 

Given that crypto assets are mainly used for commercial purposes, the IMF believes their volatility makes them unsuitable as a store of value. And considering that Africa has a fast-growing crypto market compared to other continents in the world, it might be an ideal time for policymakers to regulate the crypto space in the continent to avoid creating risks for financial and macroeconomic stability. 

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Weekly Roundup: Cristiano Ronaldo Launches NFT Collection with Binance & More

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In this week’s news roundup, you will read about Cristiano Ronaldo’s NFT collection that’s in partnership with Binance, the central bank of Zimbabwe’s move to conduct a consumer survey on CBDC, and more.

Cristiano Ronaldo Launches First NFT Collection with Binance

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Renowned football player Cristiano Ronaldo is set to launch his NFT in partnership with Binance. The NFT collection will become available on November 18, 2022. 

Speaking about the partnership, He Yi, Binance’s Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer, said, “We believe the metaverse and blockchain are the future of the internet. We are honored to collaborate with Cristiano to help more people understand blockchain and showcase how we are building Web3 infrastructure for the sports and entertainment industry.”

The collection launch, which is part of an exclusive, multi-year partnership with Binance, is supported by a global marketing campaign that features Ronaldo introducing Web3 to his fans through the world of non-fungible tokens (NFTs).

It was important to me that we created something memorable and unique for my fans as they are such a big part of my success,” said Ronaldo. “With Binance, I was able to make something that not only captures the passion of the game but rewards fans for all the years of support.” 

The NFT collection, which is expected to drop on Friday, will feature seven different animated statues with four rarity levels: Super Super Rare (SSR), Super Rare (SR), Rare (R), and Normal (N). Each of the NFT statues will depict Ronaldo in an iconic moment from his life, from career-defining bicycle kicks to his childhood in Portugal.

Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Launches CBDC Survey

The Central Bank of Zimbabwe has announced that it will be conducting a central bank digital currency (CBDC) consumer survey to gather views on the design, nature of the digital currency, and overall acceptance by the public. 

The bank went ahead to reassure the participants that any information received via the survey would be treated with the utmost confidentiality. Additionally, the bank said that the results would only be used for research purposes. The move comes just a few months after the Zimbabwean central bank said it would publish a document that would kick off a public consultation process to help foster an extensive and transparent public dialogue with reference to the potential benefits and risks of the CBDC. 

The form includes questions to gauge whether residents understand the difference between CBDC and a normal Zimbabwe dollar, as well as rate their chances of using the digital currency. Zimbabwean residents have until December 7, 2022, to complete the exercise.

Modus Expands to Sub-Saharan Africa, Launches a $75 Million AI and Blockchain-focused Fund

Modus, a holistic New York venture platform, has announced the launch of Modus Africa, a venture capital fund for AI and blockchain startups across Sub-Saharan Africa. The $75 million fund is expected to reach its initial close in the first quarter of 2023.

With recent expansion into the Middle East, Modus says its expansion into Africa will create an “additional conduit of market access for Modus portfolio companies while also enabling African startups to scale into the MENA region.” in addition, Modus on its website states that the fund is backed by various investors ranging from family offices, government-backed entities from the US, EU and MENA, private investors and UHNWI. 

Modus, unlike other venture firms interested in Africa, has a focus on startups in the AI and blockchain space. According to a statement, Modus says Africa has the potential of reaching 200 million+ new blockchain users in the next four years, fueled by necessity and a fast-growing tech-savvy population.

Speaking on the formation of Modus Africa, Kareem Elsirafy, the Managing Partner of Modus, said in a statement, “Modus is proud to be launching an Africa-MENA investment corridor to continue supporting and investing in emerging innovation ecosystems. The Modus platform is uniquely positioned to deliver impact and value to African communities through operational, institutional, and financial capital. We’re excited to have Vianney and Andre leading the way on this journey.”

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Weekly Roundup: Yellow Card Awarded First-Ever African Virtual Asset License in Botswana & More

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In this week’s news roundup, you will read about the issuance of the first-ever African Virtual Asset License to a crypto exchange by an African country, Hulk Labs’ new milestone that has seen them successfully onboard more than 1,000 players into its network with a key focus on Africa, and more.

Yellow Card Awarded First-Ever African Virtual Asset License in Botswana

Yellow Card, a Pan-African digital currency leader, has been granted a Virtual Asset Service Provider (VASP) license to operate in Botswana

yellow cardThe license was issued by the Non-Bank Financial Institutions Regulatory Authority (NBFIRA) last month in accordance with Section 11 of the Virtual Asset Act 2022 and will become the standard for crypto operations in Botswana and will enable the firm to expand its services to banking institutions and payment partners across the African continent. 

Speaking about the license, the CEO and Co-Founder of Yellow Card, Chris Maurice, said that the issuance of the license was a monumental moment not just for the company but for its customers, investors, and the whole crypto industry. 

He went on to add, “This opens up greater channels of expansion with regards to payment partners, banking, and expanding our client base across Africa. This will further show regulators in other markets that we are not just any other cryptocurrency company – we are pioneering, pushing boundaries, and setting the standard. All the more reason for them to work together with us as well.”

With the new license, the future of cryptocurrency trading and other digital tokens looks promising for users in the Southern African country as users will be able to buy and sell Bitcoin, Ethereum, and USDT using the Botswana Pula at the best market rates. 

Tokens.com Subsidiary Successfully Integrates Over 1,000 African Players Into its Network 

Hulk Labs, a subsidiary of Tokens.com that aims to make strategic investments in upcoming play-to-earn (P2E) games and utility-driven non-fungible tokens (NFTs), has announced the successful integration of more than 1,000 African P2E players into its network

The firm, which had initially allocated more than $100,000 into gaming assets that have been deployed to different players across Africa with the specific focus being the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Tanzania, and South Africa, is expected to onboard more players each month and deploy additional capital as it strives to reach 10,000 players by the end of 2023. 

Speaking about the milestone, Andrew Kiguel, CEO of Tokens.com said, “Hulk Labs has grown exponentially since its launch earlier this year and has sights on becoming one of the largest gaming guilds in the world. Our partnerships in Africa successfully created new income opportunities leveraging the blockchain. We will continue to forge the business ahead and will be well equipped for when the crypto markets turn.”

50 African Tech Founders Form Partnership Through Pando DAO to Boost Africa’s Startup Ecosystem

Pando DAO, a decentralized autonomous organization, has officially launched with the goal of growing the African startup ecosystem as well as driving development across the continent. 

The organization is a collaboration of over 50 African founders and early innovators from across Africa in different fields who collectively represent companies that have been valued at more than $2 billion and raised over $500 million in capital. 

Members of the Pando DAO community will be able to ming and hold a Pando membership non-fungible token (NFT) and a $SPANDO governance token which will be dropped to the wallets of new members. Additionally, members holding the governance token will be able to use the same for proposal voting. 

Membership to the Pando DAO community is open to African founders who have managed to raise over $2 million, as indicated on the website. 

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