The president of the National Association of Cryptocurrencies of Venezuela (Asonacrip) praised the recent bull run seen in bitcoinâ€™s prices across the board, which â€œfavors the usability of a very novel crypto asset,â€ such as the petro (PTR).
Petro Is Gathering Strength Due to Its Surging Prices in the Secondary Market, Says Venezuelaâ€™s Asonacrip
During an interview with the Venezuelan TV channel GlobovisiÃ³n, Jose Ãngel Ãlvarez pointed out that the countryâ€™s state-backed cryptocurrency is starting â€œto gather strengthâ€ because theyâ€™re witnessing a surge in the secondary market quotes.
This is given in the context of the adoption of gas stationsâ€™ owners who are implementing petro payments, allowing their customers to pay for services with PTR, said Ãlvarez. He added that PDVA â€” Venezuelaâ€™s state-owned oil and natural gas company â€” is accepting payments in PTR as well.
However, the president of Asonacrip believes that U.S. sanctions on the petro are still representing a hurdle because it cannot spread globally. In consequence, the crypto asset can be traded only in Venezuela.
On June 11, Venezuelan president NicolÃ¡s Maduro claimed that almost 15% of all fuel payments at petrol stations were made using the state-backed cryptocurrency.
Although the figures revealed over the year by the government show that Venezuelans are still struggling to find usability for the petro. Stressing the need to strengthen education on cryptocurrencies across the nation, Ãlvarez commented:
The Real Quote of Petro
There is no clarity on the current price of the petro because the crypto asset is not quoted against foreign fiat currencies. Still, Asonacripâ€™s Ãlvarez shed some light on the quote of the cryptocurrency that was supposed to equal 1 barrel of Venezuelan oil. He explained:
According to the current market prices, 1,061,053 bolÃvars is equal to $1 dollar.
On Nov. 30, news.Bitcoin.com reported that the Venezuelan Army inaugurated a crypto mining center with bitcoin (BTC) mining equipment to generate â€œunblockable income,â€ managed by the 61st AgustÃn Codazzi Engineer Conditioning Brigade.
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