El Salvador’s Bitcoin Treasury Surpasses $350 Million With 5,750 BTC Acquisition

El Salvador has once again made headlines as it announced its ownership of 5,750 Bitcoin (BTC), which is valued at approximately $353 million based on current market prices, according to Bloomberg. 

This revelation comes after the National Bitcoin Office launched a tracking website, developed in collaboration with mempool.space, to provide transparency regarding the treasury’s BTC holdings.

El Salvador’s Bitcoin Adoption Amid Criticism

The Central American nation, under the leadership of President Nayib Bukele, made history in 2021 by becoming the first country in the world to adopt Bitcoin as legal tender. 

However, this move has faced criticism from international entities such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which expressed concerns about potential risks to financial stability.

Bukele, undeterred by the criticism, initiated the purchase of Bitcoin using public funds last year. In a strategic move to mitigate security risks, a significant portion of the country’s Bitcoin holdings has been relocated to a cold wallet, minimizing the vulnerability to hacking attempts and ensuring the safety of the nation’s digital assets.

IMF Independence Looms?

Venture capitalist Tim Draper, renowned for his investments in the crypto space, recently shared his insights on El Salvador’s pioneering position in an interview on the Web3 Deep Dive channel. 

Draper expressed his positive outlook, suggesting that if Bitcoin’s price were to reach $100,000, El Salvador would be capable of repaying its debts to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and potentially severing ties with the organization indefinitely. 

The venture capitalist further speculated that the nation could emerge as one of the “most attractive destinations worldwide” due to its forward-thinking approach to adopting cryptocurrencies.

Draper also addressed the resistance countries and individuals who are hesitant to embrace crypto face. He attributed this reluctance to a desire for control and an aversion to change. 

Taking a subtle swipe at the United States, the VC billionaire emphasized that El Salvador’s commitment to innovation and pioneering spirit sets it apart, positioning it as a beacon of progress in the global landscape.

The leading cryptocurrency is currently struggling to establish a sustained position above the crucial $64,000 resistance level. This level holds significant importance as it directly influences Bitcoin’s potential for further upward momentum and a potential retesting of its previous all-time high (ATH) of $73,700, achieved on March 14. 

The forthcoming months will shed light on the impact that the approval of exchange-traded fund (ETF) markets in Hong Kong and the United States will have on Bitcoin’s price, particularly with the growing recognition and interest from institutional investors. 

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