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IMF’s $1.4B Offer Declined: El Salvador Sticks to Bitcoin Law

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  • El Salvador declines IMF’s $1.4B offer, sticking to Bitcoin Law.
  • Negotiations resume on April 15, testing the country’s Bitcoin stance.

Since adopting Bitcoin as legal tender, cryptocurrency has become integral to El Salvador’s financial space. The country is currently in talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for credit opportunities. However, the discussions between both parties have halted regarding the $1.4 billion credit line essential for the country’s debt payments and obligations.

Bitcoin’s role in El Salvador’s economy has become a focal point in discussions between the government and the IMF. Talks have hit a roadblock as the IMF insists on changes to El Salvador’s stance on cryptocurrency.

However, President Nayib Bukele’s adherence to the Bitcoin Law passed in 2021 has been a stumbling block, as negotiations were suspended two years ago. The government aims to leverage the IMF credit line to ease debt payments, but the IMF states that Bitcoin has inherent downsides.

President Bukele has reinforced his crypto policies since his re-election in February. An X post by blockchain researcher Marcel Knobloch further clarifies Bukele’s position on the Bitcoin laws.

Per his post, “Despite IMF concerns, Bukele has remained steadfast in his cryptocurrency policies, vowing to continue accumulating Bitcoin reserves daily until it’s financially unfeasible.”

Negotiations between the country’s authorities and the IMF are set to restart on April 15, testing the country’s resolve on the Bitcoin law stance. President Bukele’s brother, Ibrahim Bukele, will head the Salvadorian entourage.

El Salvador Leverages Bitcoin Technology for Innovative Hotel Project

El Salvador is set to launch its new Hilton hotel, which will employ Bitcoin technology for tokenized debt. Bitfinex Securities, the country’s first registered cryptocurrency service provider, will fund this project. The “Hampton by Hilton Hotel” project, located near the international airport, aims to realize $6.25 over the next five years, giving investors a 10% return through tokens sold on the Bitcoin Layer 2 Liquid Network over the same period.

These tokens can be purchased at a minimum rate of $1000, signifying improvement in the local capital market and increasing access to investment opportunities within the country. The 4,500-square-foot hotel will include 80 rooms, commercial centers, and recreational facilities like gyms and swimming pools.

Moreover, token holders will receive added benefits, such as accommodation based on investment. This development is part of El Salvador’s broader aim of utilizing Bitcoin’s potential and revolutionizing digital currency within its economy.

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