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Argentinians criticize the IMF’s requirement that the country’s cryptocurrency adoption be slowed

Argentina’s freshly ratified contract with the IMF includes a perceived anti-crypto provision, which has Argentinians concerned about the ramifications for crypto adoption in the country. The arrangement, which will restructure Argentina’s $45 million debt to the international body, will provide the government with much-needed time to settle the loan.

The contentious statement, which was inserted into the legislative project that allows the aforementioned debt refinancing, reads as follows:

“The National Government, for a better safeguard of financial stability, will discourage the use of”

“cryptocurrencies in prevention of money laundering and informality, likewise the digitization of payments will”

“have official incentives and additional protection will be given to the financial consumer.”

This, according to some in the country, points to the introduction of rules and measures that could stifle the country’s growing acceptance of cryptocurrencies. Argentina’s crypto community is already attempting to comprehend the agreement’s potential ramifications and how it will affect the industry’s players. Most agree that there isn’t enough data to assess the impact of this statement on actual crypto usage, which has lately achieved record highs.

Bitcoin Argentina, a non-profit dedicated to encouraging the use and understanding of bitcoin, has written to the government, requesting all data related to the implementation of these new restrictions aimed at slowing the adoption of cryptocurrencies.

Others have subtly attacked this section of the deal while expressing support for cryptocurrency adoption. Franco Bianchi, the CMO of Lemon, an Argentinian firm that provides bitcoin payment options, is an example of this. “Work in an environment of clear rules that stimulate the adoption of crypto assets, as some nations are doing, which advocated good laws on the usage of cryptocurrencies,” Bianchi told Criptonoticias.

Another well-known bitcoiner, Franco Amati, speculated that this could be done to discourage any attempts at bitcoin financing, such as the one El Salvador is pursuing.

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