Botswana and Cryptocurrency

Botswana Cryptocurrency Law

Regulation of Digital Currencies: Cryptocurrency, Bitcoins, Blockchain Technology

Is cryptocurrency legal in Botswana?

Currently, there are no regulations on cryptocurrencies or the use of blockchain technology in Botswana. According to a 2018 Ecobank study, Botswana’s relationship with cryptocurrency is contentious, but currently, it appears that the Government continues to monitor the technology.

Over time, government-affiliated officials have treated cryptocurrency skeptically.[1] For example, Andrew Sesinyi, Head of Communications at the Bank of Botswana (BOB), addressed cryptocurrency, stating that the BOB “does not regulate cryptocracies and/or related distributed ledger technologies and is thus not undertaking any studies in that direction.”[2] Further, Governor of the BOB Moses Pelaelo informed the public that cryptocurrencies are neither controlled nor regulated by the BOB,[3] cannot be transferred into Botswanan Pula,[4] and pose a threat to the efficacy of central bank mandates.[5]

Despite the Government’s view of cryptocurrency, there is a small yet active Bitcoin economy in Botswana.[6] This community uses apps like Facebook or WhatsApp and exchanges like Altcoin Trader.[7] Although there are not cryptocurrency exchanges in Botswana, a Bitcoin exchanged—Belfrics—announced plans to launch in Botswana after launching in Kenya in 2017.[8]

Although cryptocurrency remains unregulated in Botswana, some expect that the continued launch of blockchain startups will necessitate reconsideration and closer scrutiny by the Bank of Botswana.[9]

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[1] https://cdn.crowdfundinsider.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Middle-Africa-Briefing-EcoBank-Note-Digital-African-crypto-regulation-August-2018.pdf

[2] https://www.mmegi.bw/index.php?aid=69257&dir=2017/june/02

[3] https://cdn.crowdfundinsider.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Middle-Africa-Briefing-EcoBank-Note-Digital-African-crypto-regulation-August-2018.pdf

[4] https://cdn.crowdfundinsider.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Middle-Africa-Briefing-EcoBank-Note-Digital-African-crypto-regulation-August-2018.pdf

[5] https://www.sundaystandard.info/here-is-what-the-governor-thinks-of-crypto-assets/

[6] https://blog.blockpit.io/en/cryptocurrencies-in-africa

[7] https://blog.blockpit.io/en/cryptocurrencies-in-africa

[8] https://www.bakermckenzie.com/-/media/files/insight/publications/2019/02/report_blockchainandcryptocurrencyreg_feb2019.pdf

[9] https://blog.blockpit.io/en/cryptocurrencies-in-africa