Nigerian authorities and cryptocurrencies platform Binance Holdings are in talks to establish a digital economic zone that will help entrepreneurs fast track blockchain technology in the West African nation.
The partnership aims to build a digital hub, “similar to the Dubai virtual free zone,” according to statement by the Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority.
Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, is targeting digital technology as a means to help diversify the economy away from crude oil, taking advantage of an increasingly connected and youthful population. Fintech startups such as Interswitch and Flutterwave has emerged in the space and achieved billion-dollar plus valuations.
The government this year enacted regulations for trade in digital assets while Nigeria Exchange plans to start a blockchain-enabled platform next year to deepen trade at the bourse.
Nigeria’s citizens showed more interest in cryptocurrencies than any other country since the digital assets began to decline in April, according to a study by price tracker CoinGecko.
Nadia Capasso has a solid background in the aviation industry. Her recent long permanence in the United Arab Emirates allowed her to build a strong knowledge of market trends and with attention for the digitalization process happening in that corner of the world.