Paris Blockchain Week, April 14: Latest updates from the Cointelegraph team on the ground

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Paris Blockchain Week Summit (PBWS) hosts multiple thought leaders from the crypto and blockchain universe on its second day, and the Cointelegraph ground team is at the venue to deliver the most recent developments from the event.

Paris NFT Day, the prequel event to the PBWS, saw the announcement of Cointelegraph France. On Wednesday, the Cointelegraph team delivered the important tidbits from sessions, as well as quotes from exclusive interviews, in a near real-time manner. CT reporters had the chance to interview key people from the crypto ecosystem, including Binance CEO CZ, Tether chief technology officer Paolo Ardoino and Binance’s NFT platform lead Helen Hai.

Don’t forget to check this article regularly to get notified about the most recent announcements from the event.

Near Foundation CEO Marieke Flament told Cointelegraph: “The industry has a substantial positive impact at the local level — in terms of communities and networks. Here in France, for example, the French community is tight-knit and growing.”

8:20 “El Salvador is set to pass a new law that would cover all the needs of additional asset service providers and offer a government license to operate in the country. Bitfinex has built a new fundraising platform in light of the upcoming license and it would allow the government to raise funds for their volcanic bond,” adds Paolo Ardoino.

8:10 — “Crypto use cases for remittance and even paying wages have seen a surge in Latin America and Central Africa. Nigeria at the moment is the most underrated crypto hotspot with a vibrant crypto economy,” says ZenGo CEO Ouriel Ohayon.

Bitfinex CTO Paolo Ardoino noted that Tether (USDT), a stablecoin, is seen as a reserve asset in Turkey, Venezuela, Argentina and other similar countries. It’s sad because it should be supposed to work as an FX currency, he added:

“Bitcoin, DEX and CEX are financial solutions for nearly 2 billion unbanked population around the world.”

8:00 — The second day kicked off with The Future of Crypto Exchanges in Emerging Markets session.

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