Mexican central financial institution, regionally often called Banxico, clarified on Monday that the monetary establishments working within the nation will not be allowed to supply cryptocurrency-based providers.
The joint assertion issued by the central financial institution, Finance Ministry and the nation’s banking regulator, got here solely a day after Mexican billionaire Ricardo Salinas Pliego stated that his financial institution is working to simply accept Bitcoin and different digital tokens.
Pliego, who has a internet value of round $15 billion, is the proprietor of Banco Azteca, which has operations not solely in Mexico however in lots of Central American international locations. Moreover, he’s a long-time promoter of Bitcoin as, late final yr, he stated that 10 p.c of his liquid belongings are in Bitcoin. He even requested everybody to know Bitcoin and the concept behind it.
“Digital belongings don’t represent authorized tender in Mexico nor are they currencies below the present authorized framework,” the highest three monetary authorities in Mexico said.
As well as, the assertion clarified that if any monetary establishment within the nation violates the laws and begins providing crypto-related providers, it could be topic to sanctions.
Say No to Bitcoin
The Mexican central financial institution has a long-standing stance in opposition to cryptocurrencies. It first issued a warning in opposition to the dangers related to Bitcoin in 2014 after which reiterated it a few extra occasions through the years, as soon as in 2017 after which in 2019.
Although the central financial institution doesn’t ban crypto, it desires a ‘wholesome distance’ between digital belongings and the nation’s monetary system with the laws in place.
In the meantime, the governments of some Latin and South American international locations are taking an enormous curiosity in Bitcoin. El Salvador grew to become the primary nation to formally think about Bitcoin as a authorized tender, and it’ll hand out $30 in Bitcoin to each grownup citizen.