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The government of Venezuela has issued its cryptocurrency Petro in Feb 2018. According to the government, Petro is backed by oil and mineral reserves, as to support the depreciating Venezuelan bolivar currency.

Venezuelan president Nicholas Maduro has actively pushed for the adoption of Petro. The Venezuelan government is determined to take the coronavirus pandemic as an opportunity to boost the adoption of its national cryptocurrency in the country. The government announced this new campaign through its social media accounts, as a token of appreciation of efforts of the nation’s doctors to combat COVID-19.
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Venezuela to Offer Christmas Bonus in Petro Coin to Retirees and Pensioners
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