Home / / Egypt gears up for Bitcoin exchange

Egypt gears up for Bitcoin exchange

Bitcoin’s lack of central authority makes it attractive to those wanting to get around capital controls

Egypt gears up for Bitcoin exchange
Rami Khalil revealed that the exchange has picked up about 300 pre-registrations from users ahead of its launch.

Egypt's first Bitcoin exchange will go live later this month, the founders of Bitcoin Egypt said (as reported by Reuters).

Bitcoin Egypt founder Rami Khalil said: "We're still waiting on the Egyptian government to set some kind of regulations...Without any laws, bitcoin is not legal money in Egypt."

He added that the exchange has picked up about 300 pre-registrations from users ahead of its launch.

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 $70bn market," said Khalil.

Abdelrasoul added: "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."

Follow us to get the most comprehensive technology news in UAE delivered fresh from our social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and listen to our Weekly Podcast. Click here to sign up for our weekly newsletter on curated technology news in the Middle East and Worldwide.

REGISTER NOW | Webinar Event | Security you can bank on – Safeguarding the Middle East’s financial sector

Presented in partnership with security and network specialist Cybereason, the second in the three part webinar series will bring together a panel of experts to discuss how banks and financial institutions are evolving their service offering while simultaneously staying one step ahead of the cyber criminals who seek to bring their operations crashing to the ground.

CHANNEL AWARD 2018