| 16 April 2024, Tuesday |

‘Fully ecological city’: In a first, El Salvador plans a ‘Bitcoin city’

Speaking at an event, El Salvador President Nayib Bukele said that they are planning to build the world’s first “Bitcoin City.” It will be funded by bitcoin-backed bonds.
Half of the VAT levied would be used to fund the bonds issued to build the city. Also, the other half would pay for services such as garbage collection.
“Invest here and make all the money you want,” Bukele said. He added, “This is a fully ecological city that works and is energised by a volcano.”
Samson Mow, chief strategy officer of blockchain technology provider Blockstream, told the gathering the first 10-year issue, which is known as the “volcano bond.”
He said that it would be worth $1 billion, backed by bitcoin and carrying a coupon of 6.5 per cent.
After a five year lock-up, El Salvador would start selling some of the bitcoin used to fund the bond. This will be done to give investors an “additional coupon.”
“This is going to make El Salvador the financial center of the world,” he said.
Meanwhile, a recent report published in the Wall Street Journal says that the real identity of the creator of bitcoin can be unveiled in an ongoing trial in Florida. The lawsuit filed by late David Kleiman’s family claims him to be Satoshi Nakamoto, the name used by the presumed pseudonymous person who developed bitcoin.
Despite experiencing a downfall of over 4 per cent, Bitcoin still remains the world’s biggest and best-known cryptocurrency.