On April 27, 2022, lawmakers in the Central African Republic unanimously approved legislation that made Bitcoin legal tender.  Bitcoin can now be accepted alongside the CFA Franc.  The CAR is one of six central African countries (Cameroon, Chad, Republic of Congo, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea ) that share the CFA franc — a regional currency that is backed by France and pegged to the Euro. Opposition leaders are apparently challenging the move and are concerned that it will under the CFA Franc. 

El Salvador was the first country to adopt Bitcoin as legal tender, in June 2021 (click here).  The IMF criticized that move out of fear of financial stability and integrity, as well as consumer protection.  El Salvador also launched an app, called “Chivo Wallet,” which allows users to digitally trade both Bitcoin and Dollars without paying any transaction fees. As an incentive to adopt, citizens who downloaded this app received a $30 Bitcoin bonus from the government Interestingly, a recent study by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that only four out of ten Salvadorans who downloaded the Chivo Wallet said they still use it after obtaining the $30 incentive.


David Zaslowsky has a degree in computer science and, before going to Yale Law School, was a computer programmer. His practice focuses on international litigation and arbitration. He has been involved in cases in trial and appellate courts across the United States and before arbitral institutions around the world. Many of David’s cases, including some patent cases, have related to technology. David has been included in Chambers for his expertise in international arbitration. He is the editor of the firm's blockchain blog.