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MENA Region Is World’s Fastest-Growing Crypto Market

According to a newly released report, cryptocurrency adoption is surging in the MENA region, with Egypt now home to the largest cryptocurrency industry.

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The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) have adopted cryptocurrency at a staggering rate, according to a new report by Chainalysis, with the MENA region as a whole accounting for 9.2% of global crypto transactions over the last year.

According to the research, although the MENA region is one of the smallest crypto markets, cryptocurrency growth of over $550 billion happened between July 2021 and June 2022, with three of the world’s “Top 30” countries coming from the MENA zone:

  • Turkey (12/30)
  • Egypt (14/30)
  • Morocco (24/30)

In the case of both Egypt and Turkey, unstable and rapidly devaluing fiat currencies have strengthened the appeal of crypto. Turkey made $192 billion in transactions, making it the region’s biggest player, though at a growth rate of 10.5%, the country’s crypto market didn’t expand as quickly as others.

So, which countries seem to be adopting crypto at breakneck speeds? Chainalysis found that Egypt was the MENA region’s fastest-growing, with transaction volumes leaping by over 220%. Saudi Arabia saw similar progress, with volumes increasing by 195%.

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“Digital currencies are being used in Egypt as a way to preserve savings. Using cryptocurrencies to hedge against currency devaluation is appealing,” says Kim Grauer, Director of Research, Chainalysis.

Also Read: 3 Best Cold Storage Wallets For Crypto In 2023

In other significant news, unlike many countries, Egypt’s national bank has enthusiastically embraced crypto. It is currently in the process of building a crypto-based remittance corridor between Egypt and the UAE, as many Egyptians are based there for work.

One of the reasons crypto is surging in the MENA is down to demographics: Populations in MENA countries are young, and growth is being fueled by a class of tech-savvy early adopters with high disposable incomes. Overall though, it’s clear that with financial institutions and retail adopting the technology at a rapid pace, the future looks bright for cryptocurrency in North Africa and the Middle East.

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Lebanese Newspaper Builds AI President To Beat Political Crisis

The move by media outlet AnNahar comes after 13 failed attempts by the Lebanese parliament to elect a new leader.

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In a world first, Lebanon’s AnNahar Newspaper has built an artificial intelligence model designed to carry out presidential duties for the politically troubled country. Lebanon has been without a sitting president for two years after thirteen failed attempts by the nation’s parliament to elect a suitable candidate.

The new AI President’s deep learning algorithm was fed over 90 years of impartial journalism from AnNahar’s archive stretching back to the 1930s. The AI leader analyzes not only historical data but also current events and is able to formulate solutions for all manner of political, legal, and governmental questions. By tapping into such a vast knowledge base, Lebanon’s AI President will have a deep understanding of the country’s past, as well as an unbiased take on the challenges the nation faces going forward.

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The new AI President was unveiled in a recent live broadcast. Nayla Tueni, editor-in-chief of AnNahar Newspaper conducted an interview with the digital leader, asking relevant questions about the current state of Lebanon, and how to fix the country’s difficult political situation. AnNahar has also converted its print newspaper to focus entirely on the new president’s guidance on issues spanning everything from the economy to sustainability and the environment.

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After the interview, Nayla Tueni commented: “As Lebanese people, and especially at AnNahar, we refuse to sit back and allow things to go on as they have. To not have a president for this long is unacceptable and has impacted the country negatively. If the parliament will not do its job to elect a president, then the people will bring to Lebanon a president”.

The AI President will soon be accessible to everyone at OurPresident.ai, Users will be able to ask questions in a similar manner to the likes of ChatGPT and Google Gemini. It is also understood that government officials will also use the tool to help devise new directives.

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