May 4, 2022
By Anjali Kochhar
Argentina’s largest two private banks, Banco Galicia and Brubank, have announced that they will allow customers to make purchases in cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, Ethereum and USDC.
According to a Bloomberg report published Monday, the decision comes after a resounding 60 percent of respondents asked for more access to crypto in an Argentinian poll.
“This motivated us to push this project,” said Ariel Sanchez, manager of investment products, and Nicolas de Giovanni, senior product manager at Banco Galicia, in a statement to Bloomberg. “The youth is the group that asks for this the most.”
Time and again, Argentina has proved its crypo-friendly stance. The country has the sixth-highest crypto adoption rate in the world. As per data and survey firm Statista, 21 percent of Argentines used or owned crypto by 2021.
Another data reporting firm Chainalysis named Argentina among the world’s top 10 countries with the highest adoption of cryptocurrencies.
Considering its high adoption rate, the mayor of Argentina’s capital Buenos Aires, Horacio Rodriguez Larreta, announced late last month that the city would begin accepting crypto as payment for public financial services. Buenos Aires also plans to launch a blockchain-based digital identification (DID) platform for its residents.
However, Argentina is not the largest country in South America, supporting crypto adoption. Brazil’s senate has also approved the Bitcoin Law bill on April 26, which could help add a much-needed regulatory framework for the local crypto industry.
About the author
Anjali Kochhar covers cryptocurrency stories in India as well as globally. Having been in the field of media and journalism for over three years now, she has developed a sharp news sense and works hard to present information that goes beyond the obvious. She is an avid reader and loves writing on a wide range of subjects.