South Carolina treasurer goes on Bitcoin ’fact-finding trip’ to El Salvador

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Curtis Loftis, the treasurer for the U.S. state of South Carolina, spent 5 days in El Salvador as a part of an “exploratory journey” specializing in cryptocurrencies.

In response to an Oct. 5 announcement, Loftis was a part of a delegation together with South Carolina enterprise leaders, rural well being officers, and people “ within the enlargement of cryptocurrency and blockchain applied sciences” who met with officers from El Salvador’s authorities in an effort to grasp the nation’s efforts to undertake Bitcoin (BTC). The cryptocurrency has been authorized tender alongside the U.S. greenback within the Central American nation since El Salvador’s Bitcoin Legislation went into impact in September 2021.

Loftis reportedly used his personal funds to pay for the journey, which included discussing Bitcoin with authorities officers and exploring the nation’s monetary literacy instructional applications. In response to the treasurer, the go to to El Salvador was prompted by South Carolina’s legislature exploring methods to help the adoption of crypto and blockchain within the state.

Chatting with Cointelegraph, Loftis, a self-described Luddite, mentioned he was neither a “proponent or opponent” of crypto however needed to find out how South Carolina’s authorities may use the know-how successfully along with selling monetary literacy amongst residents. The treasurer mentioned the group tried to make use of Bitcoin “possibly 4 instances” throughout the El Salvador journey, as funds to road distributors and native companies.

“We had been in a nicer restaurant, and the tab was about $300-400 — a bunch of us — and so they paid with Bitcoin,” mentioned Loftis. “I signed up for Lightning beforehand. […] It was fascinating … individuals residing actually near the bottom utilizing Bitcoin and a few of them actually get pleasure from it — they had been actually happy to have carried out it.”

The South Carolina treasurer added:

“That is our mandate: to not make a world with Bitcoin or Ethereum, or not make that world — it is simply to grasp what is going on on, arrange a system the place we […] ensure that individuals have good sources to grasp what’s taking place.”

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Experiences have instructed that roughly 20% of Salvadorans use BTC through Chivo Wallets, whereas El Salvador President Nayib Bukele introduced the federal government held 2,381 BTC as of July. With the crypto market down, the worth of the nation’s whole Bitcoin funding has dropped more than 55% since September 2021 — price roughly $48 million on the time of publication.