Paraguay could soon have a new regulatory framework.
On July 14, Paraguay's Senate passed a bill setting up a new licensing for crypto exchanges and rules for miners, among other areas. The bill is now headed for the president's desk.
Senator Fernando Silva Facetti tweeted of one advantage: being able to monetize Paraguay's energy resources:
A landlocked country of 7 million people, Paraguay relies heavily on hydroelectric generation and is a major energy exporter. Still, the country's electricity consumption has doubled since 2010, while generation is on the decline. The state power operator, Administración Nacional de Electricidad (ANDE), is pursuing a master plan to in coming years.
As The Block previously reported, Paraguayan central bank has concerns that a legal regime for cryptocurrency would entail drawbacks including “electricity consumption" associated with crypto mining as well as "loss of reputation and costs for the financial system."
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