‘Now it’s time to buy more,’ reveals Deputy Dania Gonzalez

Dania Gonzalez, Deputy of the Republic of El Salvador, was lately in Brazil to disclose her nation’s experiences with the choice to undertake Bitcoin (BTC) as authorized tender. Gonzalez’s invitation to Brazil got here from digital influencer Rodrix Digital, who was lately in El Salvador to provide a documentary about cryptocurrencies.

Among the many lawmaker’s actions in Brazil was attending Bitconf 2022, in addition to assembly with Dape Capital CEO Daniele Abdo Philippi and Ana Élle, CEO of Company ROE.

Between her agendas, Gonzalez spoke with Cointelegraph and revealed how Bitcoin has helped to vary individuals’s lives in El Salvador and the way the federal authorities, led by President Nayib Bukele, has been benefiting from the sources invested in BTC to enhance the economic system.

Requested about El Salvador’s investment in Bitcoin and the way it can influence individuals’s lives as the worth of BTC is falling, Gonzalez highlighted that each funding has a price and a profit.

“What Nayib Bukele did was purchase Bitcoins and make a revenue at a sure strategic second,” she mentioned. “In cryptocurrencies, there are occasions when you can also make a revenue and there are occasions when it’s a must to make investments extra. Now cryptocurrency is down, this occurs, it is regular, however at this level as an alternative of being unhappy, as an alternative of pondering that you just misplaced all of your funding, it is time to purchase extra Bitcoins as a result of now the worth is reasonable, that is the technique.”

In line with Gonzalez, El Salvador is already benefiting from investments made in Bitcoin; she cited two ventures — a veterinary hospital and a public college — that have been made attainable due to cryptocurrency. She defined:

“Bukele constructed a veterinary hospital to learn the inhabitants the place providers, any service in your pet, prices US$0.25. Even an operation prices this quantity and that’s accessible to all the inhabitants. Bitcoin has been transformed right into a profit for the individuals. Now with the reserve we’ve got in Bitcoin, we should construct 20 extra colleges. Earlier than Bitcoin, to do that we needed to approve initiatives, embrace it within the nation’s common funds and use individuals’s cash to development. Now these works are completed due to all of the income made with Bitcoin.”

Gonzalez indicated that Bukele’s technique has already confirmed to achieve success when it comes to socioeconomic influence.

“That is the principle cause why the president additionally buys Bitcoins,” she mentioned. “He does this to have the ability to generate income for social initiatives for the individuals […] This isn’t simply phrases, it’s one thing tangible for the inhabitants as a result of they will see a part of the general public providers being realized due to Bitcoin income.”


Cointelegraph additionally spoke with the lawmaker about central bank digital currencies, also called CBDCs, and the way their issuance by nations can influence the cryptocurrency market.

Gonzalez acknowledged that she doesn’t see a conflict between cryptocurrencies and CBDCs, believing that each ought to coexist collectively within the digital ecosystem that can information nations sooner or later. Moreover, she acknowledged that the proposed issuance of CBDCs by nations exhibits that they’ve understood the facility of the crypto economic system.

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The deputy additionally highlighted that El Salvador is working to develop the consequences of the Bitcoin Regulation and can construct an ecosystem based mostly on cryptocurrencies, with the elimination of taxes for sectors linked to the crypto economic system.

As well as, she highlighted that different legal guidelines can be reformulated to fulfill the brand new calls for of the digital economic system and to scale back forms in public administration procedures. She defined:

“We would like it to be attainable to open a enterprise in 5 minutes right here in El Salvador […] We have already got a nationwide digital pockets system for cryptocurrencies and we intend to make a legislation in order that traders from everywhere in the world can have speedy citizenship in El Salvador in the event that they make investments on the planet of Bitcoin in our nation.”

Bitcoin modifications individuals’s lives

Gonzalez additionally revealed to Cointelegraph that the adoption of Bitcoin as authorized tender attracted investors and companies from everywhere in the world and strengthened retailers’ and native communities’ independence from financial institution monopolies.

“It opened up a possibility for impartial retailers to have a brand new cost gateway, as a result of the cost channels might be money or might be credit score or debit playing cards,” she mentioned. “However in case you go to a financial institution and need to apply for the [point of sales] to just accept credit score funds or debit, you pay a membership payment, you pay a fee that may be as much as 9% for every buy.”

Bitcoin, alternatively, “is totally decentralized financing, there is no such thing as a fee in case you use the nationwide pockets,” she defined.

One other direct profit cited by the deputy is said to monetary remittances made by Salvadorans who stay in different nations equivalent to america. In line with Gonzalez, there are 7 million Salvadorans residing inside El Salvador and roughly 3 million outdoors its borders, primarily in america.

Due to Bitcoin, remittances from america might be made with out charges, she mentioned. Gonzalez additionally claimed that Western Union misplaced roughly $400 million in remittance enterprise final yr due to El Salvador’s Bitcoin Regulation. 

Bitcoin Seaside and Surf Metropolis

Gonzalez revealed particulars about her nation’s Bitcoin Seaside and Surf Metropolis initiatives, each carried out within the El Zonte area. In them, Bitcoin is used as a type of social transformation that promotes crypto funds and financial growth via digital property.

She defined that Bitcoin Beach existed before the BTC law was handed. On Bitcoin Seaside, “you should buy a soda or a “Pupusa,” a typical El Salvador meals, on the road or go to a prestigious restaurant and you may pay with Bitcoins.”

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The deputy additionally revealed {that a} undertaking referred to as Surf Metropolis is underway in El Zonte, which seeks to coach the local people to reap the benefits of tourism associated to browsing, because the seaside has among the greatest waves for the game.

“These communities have now benefited from job alternatives in companies or work in accommodations and eating places that now have extra potential than earlier than, now extra vacationers come to El Salvador as a result of they […] will pay for all the pieces they need with Bitcoins,” she mentioned. “I do know firms that got here from Singapore a number of months in the past and now have about 50 Salvadorans engaged on their operations. This exhibits how Bitcoin has been altering individuals’s lives in El Salvador.”

As well as, the deputy highlighted how Bitcoin has been favoring the unbanked who now, via cryptocurrency, can entry monetary providers with out the forms of conventional methods:

“Conventional banks excluded 70% of the nation’s inhabitants from their providers for various causes. As well as, of the 30% of the inhabitants that has entry to monetary providers, solely 23% have been in banks, whereas 7% did so via cooperatives with very excessive charges. Now Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies are favoring this excluded inhabitants that now has energy and alternative.”