by Lubomir Tassev
Amid the growing popularity of cryptocurrencies in Kyrgyzstan, the country’s central bank has reminded citizens about the risks associated with the digital assets. The monetary authority also warned that crypto payments are illegal in the Kyrgyz Republic.
Cryptocurrencies and other virtual assets are increasingly spreading in Kyrgyzstan, the nation’s central bank recently noted. The regulator reminded that using them to buy or sell goods and services is still against the law, with the Kyrgyzstani som remaining the only legal tender in the country.
Quoted by local media, the monetary authority also issued a warning regarding the risks linked to decentralized digital currencies. “No one, as a rule, is liable for cryptocurrency. It does not have financial support. It has no real value due to the fact that it is not tied to any currency or other asset,” it said.
This creates high risks of exchange rate volatility and loss of value, the National Bank of Kyrgyzstan (NBK) elaborated. It also pointed to the risks with settlements in cryptocurrency, stemming from its features and the absence of a “controlling central body.” The NBK further stated:
Therefore, we recommend citizens to be prudent and refrain from using cryptocurrency for payments and settlements. Users assume all possible risks and negative consequences when making settlements using cryptocurrency and virtual assets.
The authority’s statement comes after the central bank of neighboring Kazakhstan announced last week it’s examining the crypto market while emphasizing it’s too early to talk about legalization of cryptocurrencies like bitcoin.
Central Asia, where the two countries are situated, attracted crypto businesses last year, especially miners after China started cracking down on the industry in May, 2021. Both nations have since tried to limit mining by shutting down illegal crypto farms and raising electricity rates for authorized mining enterprises. Miners have been blamed for power shortages and damage to the electricity networks.
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Lubomir Tassev is a journalist from tech-savvy Eastern Europe who likes Hitchens’s quote: “Being a writer is what I am, rather than what I do.” Besides crypto, blockchain and fintech, international politics and economics are two other sources of inspiration.
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