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Egypt's first bitcoin exchange to commence trading this month

Published 2017-08-19 09:47:40| Amwal Al Ghad English

Egypt's first bitcoin exchange will go live later this month, the founders of Bitcoin Egypt announced, linking the Middle East's most populous country with a cryptocurrency that has risen in value in recent months. Many governments around the world are still considering how to regulate and classify bitcoin, a volatile digital currency that has captured the interest of speculative investors worldwide as its value has soared, roughly quadrupling since the start of 2017 and trading at around $4,400 on Thursday. Egypt, most of whose 93 million people have no bank accounts but where electronic payments have grown in recent years, lacks regulations for digital currency. This means local retailers cannot accept it as payment but users on an exchange may be left to trade freely, potentially cashing in on its ascent. "We're still waiting on the Egyptian government to set some kind of regulations...Without any laws, bitcoin is not legal money in Egypt," said Bitcoin Egypt founder Rami Khalil. He said the exchange has picked up about 300 pre-registrations from users ahead of its launch. Egypt's central bank said in a statement it had not provided any instructions to the banking sector to start trading in bitcoin and that a "virtual currency (is) not guaranteed by the banking sector or the central bank." The Egyptian Financial Supervisory Authority, the country's financial markets regulator, did not respond to requests for comment. Khalil and co-founder Omar Abdelrasoul see their platform connecting a community of several thousand bitcoin enthusiasts who will for the first time be able to trade in Egyptian pounds, which have roughly halved in value since November after flotation under an International Monetary Fund loan programme. "Cryptoassets are happening whether (the Egyptian government) joins in or not. And by not joining they're missing out on a very big market. Currently bitcoin is about a $70 billion market," said Khalil. Cryptocurrencies allow anonymous peer-to-peer transactions between individual users, without the need for banks or central banks. Bitcoin's lack of central authority makes it attractive to those wanting to get around capital controls. This has helped it proliferate in China, the world's most active bitcoin market, but has led some governments to crack down on its use to prevent money laundering. Those same dynamics could propel bitcoin in Egypt, where a shortage of hard currency after an uprising in 2011 sharply restricted bank transfers. Though liquidity at banks has improved and capital controls have been lifted in recent months, businesses still resort to a black market for dollars to obtain currency not available in the formal banking system. "We're trying to get people used to the idea of bitcoin, to ready the market so that in a couple of years we will reach a greater number of users. But for now we are trying to let people know what cryptocurrency is," said Abdelrasoul.
Financial Institutions
Jack Ma, Asia’s richest man, is extending the global reach of his financial services empire, by making a $1.68 billion cash-and-stock buyout of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance’s Hong Kong unit. Yunfeng Financial Group, a Hong Kong-listed financial services company backed by Ma, will pay $1.01bn in cash to MassMutual for the business, the US insurance group said in a statement. MassMutual will also take a 24.8 per cent stake, valued at $668 million, in Yunfeng. The announcement sent Yunfeng’s Hong Kong shares soaring at least 30 per cent in early trading on Friday. Ma is the billionaire chairman of Alibaba, China’s largest ecommerce group and, according to Bloomberg, Asia’s richest man. The purchase of the insurance business is the latest in a series of overseas investments into financial services by companies connected to him. Many of the deals involve Ant Financial Services, an affiliate of Alibaba in which Ma is invested. Ant is investing alongside Yunfeng in the MassMutual deal and will buy about 5 per cent of MassMutual Asia. Ant, operator of one of the world’s largest mobile payments platforms called Alipay, is also seeking to buy MoneyGram International, a US payments company, for about $1.2 billion. That deal, launched in January, is Ant’s first push into US financial services but has run into national security concerns and is under review by the US foreign investments watchdog. In February, Ant said it would invest $200 million in the mobile finance subsidiary of South Korean instant-messaging group Kakao. It has also invested in an Indian computer and electronics company, according to data from Dealogic. “These deals are the thin edge of the wedge for them [Jack Ma-connected companies] to get into new markets,” said Duncan Clark, chairman of Beijing-based investment adviser BDA and author of a book on Alibaba and Ma. “They’re not trying to take on Amazon in the US but maybe they [will] push into payments there.” Yunfeng, which goes into the MassMutual Asia deal with several investors, will hold 60 per cent of company. The other investors include an affiliate of the Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC, and Chinese internet and telecoms group Sina Corp. Yunfeng runs a wealth management and securities broking business and says the buyout will add to the range of services it can offer. “This transaction is a milestone step of Yunfeng FG becoming a financial conglomerate, integrating its existing fintech-focused financial services with traditional insurance business,” said Yunfeng chairman Yu Feng in a statement. A number of mainland China-based groups have moved into Hong Kong via buyouts of insurance businesses in recent years. Fujian Thai Hot Investments, a Chinese property group, paid $1.4 billion for Dah Sing Financial Holdings’ insurance business earlier this year. In 2015, Beijing-based JD Capital bought the Hong Kong unit of Belgian insurance company Ageas for $1.4 billion.
Real Estate
Cairo Commerce Chamber announced it has donated 15 million Egyptian pounds ($843,931) in favour of Ahalina, a government-led social housing project serving Cairo's El Salam district to develop slums. Ibrahim Al Araby, Cairo Commerce Chamber’s chairman, said Saturday that Ahalina project includes 25 residential towers consisting of 1.065 housing units surrounded by a big commercial mall, school, and mosque. Al Araby further added that the government and some business organisations should pay attention to the county’s social housing flagship Ahalina in order to provide better opportunities for slum dwellers.