The president of the National Association of Cryptocurrencies of Venezuela (Asonacrip) praised the recent bull run seen in bitcoin’s prices across the board, which “favors the usability of a very novel crypto asset,” such as the petro (PTR).
Petro Is Gathering Strength Due to Its Surging Prices in the Secondary Market, Says Venezuela’s Asonacrip
During an interview with the Venezuelan TV channel Globovisión, Jose Ángel Álvarez pointed out that the country’s state-backed cryptocurrency is starting “to gather strength” because they’re witnessing a surge in the secondary market quotes.
This is given in the context of the adoption of gas stations’ owners who are implementing petro payments, allowing their customers to pay for services with PTR, said Álvarez. He added that PDVA — Venezuela’s state-owned oil and natural gas company — is accepting payments in PTR as well.
However, the president of Asonacrip believes that U.S. sanctions on the petro are still representing a hurdle because it cannot spread globally. In consequence, the crypto asset can be traded only in Venezuela.
On June 11, Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro claimed that almost 15% of all fuel payments at petrol stations were made using the state-backed cryptocurrency.
Although the figures revealed over the year by the government show that Venezuelans are still struggling to find usability for the petro. Stressing the need to strengthen education on cryptocurrencies across the nation, Álvarez commented:
The power is in the information, if ordinary Venezuelans, professionals, businessmen begin to understand how bitcoin can change the world, how the petro can change the national economy and we make a great national agreement in favor of that. to get real benefits.
The Real Quote of Petro
There is no clarity on the current price of the petro because the crypto asset is not quoted against foreign fiat currencies. Still, Asonacrip’s Álvarez…