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(Kitco News) –
Bitcoin Cash (BCH) might be legal tender in Saint Kitts and Nevis by March of 2023, said Prime Minister Terrance Drew on Saturday.

“Our nation has always been a forward thinking nation and a leader in exploring new industries,” Terrance told attendees at the Bitcoin Cash 2022 Conference on Nov. 12. He added that crypto “has the potential to bring enormous benefits and business opportunities.”

Drew, who is also the country’s Minister of Finance, said the decision would be made in consultation with experts and in coordination with the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, and would follow a thorough due diligence process.

Terrance said his government is exploring the possibility of making Bitcoin Cash legal tender in St. Kitts and Nevis by March, along with potential opportunities for BCH mining in the Caribbean nation, “once safeguards to our country and our people are guaranteed.”

The move is seen as a significant one beyond the island nation’s borders because countries cannot declare the currency of another nation as illegal. This means Bitcoin Cash could enjoy some of the protections of a national currency in just a few months.

Bitcoin Cash is a 2017 fork of Bitcoin which is designed for convenient use in cash-type transactions. The prime minister said BCH is already accepted as a form of payment at some of the nation’s businesses.

Saint Kitts and Nevis is the smallest and least populous sovereign state in the Western Hemisphere, with 261 square kilometers of territory and roughly 50,000 inhabitants. The country is located in the West Indies to the east of Puerto Rico, and is heavily reliant on tourism and agriculture, primarily sugar. Its nominal GDP is just over $1 billion, and it uses the East Caribbean dollar (EC$) as its currency.

St. Kitts and Nevis would become the third country to recognize a cryptocurrency as legal tender, after El Salvador established bitcoin (BTC) as a recognized legal currency in June 2021, and the Central African Republic adopted bitcoin as legal tender in April of this year.

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