by Terence Zimwara
Coinmena, the Bahrain-based cryptocurrency exchange, recently announced that residents of Qatar can now buy and sell cryptocurrencies on its platform. The cryptocurrency exchange claimed it is the first regulated digital asset exchange to open its platform to Qatari residents.
The Bahrain headquartered cryptocurrency exchange, Coinmena, has become the first regulated digital asset exchange to offer its services in Qatar. According to a statement released by the exchange on May 19, Coinmena’s foray into Qatar means the country’s residents can now connect their bank accounts to their crypto wallets. This enables them to “deposit and withdraw funds directly and safely.”
In a joint statement following the exchange’s latest foray into another Middle East and North Africa (MENA) market, Coinmena’s co-founders, Dina Sam’an and Talal Tabbaa said:
We are delighted to become the first crypto exchange to offer our services in Qatar. Investors have been asking about our plans to enter the country for some time now, so this news represents a major milestone on our long-term geographic market expansion plans.
Sam’an, meanwhile, revealed that Coinmena intends to become the “region’s preferred crypto financial services company” and is, therefore, constantly looking to onboard more countries.
Coinmena’s entry into Qatar comes just a few months after it was reported that the Middle East country was examining the possibility of issuing a digital currency. However, according to one report, the decision to issue a digital currency or not will only be made once the central bank completes its study.
Meanwhile, in an apparent response to Coinmena’s announcement, the Qatar Central Bank (QCB) is reported to have issued a statement warning residents against dealing with “unlicensed financial institutions and service providers.”
In a translation of the QCB’s Arabic language warning published by The Peninsula, the central bank reiterated that “no financial institution has been licenced to provide services of exchange, transfer, trading and dealing on virtual currencies.” In a warning that was also issued on May 19, the QCB said it will take legal action against any entity that provides virtual asset services without a licence issued by the central bank.
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Terence Zimwara is a Zimbabwe award-winning journalist, author and writer. He has written extensively about the economic troubles of some African countries as well as how digital currencies can provide Africans with an escape route.
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