Kenya Set to Scale Up Adoption of Cryptocurrencies in 2022
January 10th, 2022
In his Africa crypto market predictions for 2022, Marius Reitz, the general manager for Luno in Africa, has predicted that Kenya will scale up the adoption of cryptocurrencies. To support this assertion, Reitz points to Kenya’s as position as the leader in the world’s peer-to-peer (P2P) traded volumes for the second year running.
Kenya’s Booming Crypto Market
Kenya is set to lead the world’s peer-to-peer cryptocurrency market for the second consecutive year, Marius Reitz, the general manager (GM) for Luno cryptocurrency exchange in Africa, has reportedly predicted.
In justifying his selection of Kenya ahead of the usual heavyweights, the GM is quoted in a report pointing to the East African country’s booming crypto market as well as Kenyan people’s familiarity with digital payment solutions.
“The country’s crypto industry is booming with a rapidly emerging crop of companies building blockchain-based solutions and considering its young population, high heels of mobile connectivity, and familiarity with digital payment solutions like mobile money, it’s firmly positioned to emerge as East Africa’s leading crypto hub in 2022,” Reitz is quoted in the report explaining.
Bitcoin.com News has previously reported on the surge in Kenya’s peer to peer cryptocurrency volumes which had seen topple South Africa to become the country with the second-highest P2P volumes in Africa.
Cryptos as an Alternative Currency
Besides predicting Kenya’s continued dominance of the P2P cryptocurrency market, Reitz is also quoted in the report explaining the continuing difficulties faced by African companies that wish to access foreign currency from formal markets. He predicts that such Africa-based companies will be forced to “look towards cryptocurrencies as an alternative means of handling cross-border transactions.”
However, Reitz is quoted in the same report warning that real progress in this area will also depend on the progress on the regulatory front. He said:
Similar to most aspects of the crypto industry, progress in this area will be heavily dependent on a favorable regulatory climate, and should this materialize, cryptocurrencies could emerge as a major asset for companies with extensive operations throughout Africa.
Despite these and other potential hurdles, Reitz still reiterated his belief that Africa is in a better position to adopt cryptocurrencies than other continents.