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Paxful Partners With Miami Mayor To Distribute 500 Tickets For Bitcoin 2022 Conference

The sweepstakes is part of a larger strategy to promote financial literacy and Bitcoin education in the City of Miami.

Digital payment platform Paxful has partnered with nonprofit Built With Bitcoin Foundation and Miami Mayor Francis Suarez to drive a new educational initiative focused on Bitcoin (BTC) and financial education.

The initiative will distribute free Bitcoin 2022 conference tickets to local colleges and universities as part of a broader effort to improve financial literacy among minority and underserved communities in Miami. Up to 500 students and local residents will receive a ticket to attend the conference, which is scheduled for April 6-9 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

General tickets for the event are currently selling for $899.

All I know is that @nayibbukele, @jackmallers, @allenf32 and I are trying to outdo each other to make big surprises at @TheBitcoinConf.
— Samson Mow (@Excellion) March 16, 2022

Recipients will have access to the full conference agenda, which was released on March 15th. Featured speakers at this year’s event include Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele, MicroStrategy CEO Michael Saylor, US Senator Cynthia Lummis, entrepreneur Peter Thiel and Ark Invest’s Cathie Wood. Dozens of other Bitcoin influencers, entrepreneurs and investors will also headline the three-day event.

Ticket distribution is led by Venture Miami, a portfolio team brought together by Mayor Suarez to promote innovation, job creation and diversity in high-growth sectors such as information technology.

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After learning about Bitcoin from crypto influencers like Tyler Winklevoss and Anthony Pompliano, Mayor Suarez made BTC adoption a priority in his second term. Suarez, who already receives a portion of his salary in BTC, announced in December that he also plans to receive a portion of his 401(k) payout in the top cryptocurrency.

I will receive my next salary 100% in bitcoin... problem solved! @ Sarasti can you help?
– Mayor Francis Suarez (@FrancisSuarez) November 2, 2021

Suarez has also established a program where Miami residents can earn a Bitcoin dividend. The program is being facilitated by the MiamiCoin cryptocurrency, which helps fund municipal projects generating returns. As of January 2022, MiamiCoin had generated over $21 million in excess returns for the city.

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Bitcoin adoption in Africa grows 1,200% in one year

The continent is the third fastest growing bitcoin economy in the world, driven by retail users looking to save and transfer money.

Bitcoin adoption in Africa has exploded over the past year, increasing by more than 1,200%, according to a report from Chainalysis.

The increase in activity in the region has been driven by retail investors who turn to Bitcoin every day to save, send remittances, and conduct peer-to-peer (P2P) transactions.

Artur Schaback, COO and co-founder of the P2P exchange Paxful, told Chainalysis that his platform has seen strong growth in African countries over the past year, especially 57% in Nigeria and more than 300% in Kenya.

In fact, Africa has the highest volume of P2P bitcoin exchanges in the world, as citizens often face banking restrictions at centralized bitcoin entry points.

The ability to buy and use Bitcoin on P2P markets without authorization has also allowed African citizens to bypass government transfer restrictions and move more funds across borders. In 2019, sub-Saharan Africa received at least $ 48 billion in remittances, according to a study by the Brookings Institute. In addition to remittances, Schaback also said that Bitcoin enables African merchants to conduct international business transactions more efficiently.

Users turn to P2P marketplaces to buy Bitcoin and pay for the goods they want to import, which is more efficient than using the traditional banking system. “If you are working with a partner in China to import goods for sale in Nigeria or Kenya, it can be difficult to send enough fiat currency to China to complete your purchases,” Schaback said. “It is often easier to buy Bitcoin locally on a P2P exchange and then send it to your partner.”

The Nigerian government has attempted to respond to the growing awareness and use of Bitcoin on its territory by announcing plans to develop e-naira, its central bank digital currency (CBDC). However, according to Adedeji Owobi, CEO of blockchain consultancy Convexity, citizens have not shown much interest and can continue to use the far superior cash that is Bitcoin. “Last week, at a Nigerian crypto users’ clubhouse, I asked the group if they would use e-naira if the central bank introduced it,” Owonibi told Chainalysis. “

The overwhelming majority of participants said no because they expect the same instability and management problems with Naira today.” Bitcoin and Lightning together have the potential to endow not just Africans, but people around the world with healthy money, financial freedom, and individual sovereignty – achievements that would actually undermine CBDC.