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XRP Mentioned in UN Paper on Crypto in Africa: Details


u.today 18 January 2023 16:12, UTC
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Community-managed account of XRP enthusiast @WKahneman shared the highlights of the latest report on cryptocurrency's prospects in Africa, made by the United Nations Development Programme team.

XRP can fuel new-gen payments services in Africa, UN report says

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), a UN organization focused on supporting countries and communities in combating poverty, shared its Cryptocurrency in Africa: Alternative Opportunities for Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals? paper. XRP token and Ripple Inc. remittances solutions are mentioned as useful instruments.

A report this Jan by the UN, "Cryptocurrencies in Africa." Speaks of BTC, stablecoins generally, smartcontracts (inc. ETH) but has a decent passage noting $XRP regarding xborder payments. Suggests derivatives to offset volatility. Take a look:
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— WrathofKahneman (@WKahneman) January 18, 2023

Authors of the thesis analyzed one use-case for XRP, i.e., using the token in payment corridors for low-cost and nearly instant remittances. Per the text, XRP can bridge two local fiat currencies in a cost-efficient manner.

Through Ripple's Line of Credit (LoC) service, a conversion between the two currencies can be organized at a locked-in exchange rate. Then, the parties can repay the credit on a convenient schedule.

At the same time, since XRP is an altcoin not pegged to fiat currencies, the problem of volatility is inevitable when using it in cross-border remittances. As such, XRP should be hedged by additional financial instruments.

Investments, trust and regulation needed for crypto adoption in sub-Saharan Africa

The authors of the thesis proposed to experiment with industry-scale cryptocurrency derivatives services to let the payment processors protect their capital against volatility spikes.

Also, some recommendations for nation-states in the UNDP paper include supporting local cryptocurrency products, building clear regulatory frameworks and increasing trust in digital assets as payment instruments and as a way of investing.

As covered by U.Today previously, Ripple Inc. strengthens its presence in Africa. In December 2022, its partner started providing remittances from 19 African states to Europe.

Nala, a Tanzanian fintech company, provides the technical basis for this development.

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