Seeking to boost its economy and raise more money for the budget, a small Pacific state has moved to establish its own national cryptocurrency.
The Republic of the Marshall Islands has publicly announced the creation of its own cryptocurrency, which will become legal tender in the country, on par with the US dollar, which, until this development, was the nation’s only currency.
“This is a historic moment for our people, finally issuing and using our own currency, alongside the USD (U.S. dollar). It is another step of manifesting our national liberty,” said President Hilda Heine in a statement.
The new digital currency, called Sovereign or SOV, is to be issued in partnership with Israeli the company Neema, whose CEO Barak Ben-Ezer has described this undertaking as a new era for cryptocurrency.
As per the new law, the Marshall Islands is going to issue 24 million SOVs as part of the Initial Coin Offering, which will be split in half between the country and Neema. The government intends to sell about six million SOVs to foreign investors and use the proceeds to bolster the country’s economy and fund various domestic projects. Another 2.4 million SOVs are also expected to be distributed among the residents of the Marshall Islands.