Central Bank of Sudan Warns Against Crypto Use as Sudanese Pound Depreciates by Over 1/3

In March 2022, the country's central bank floated the pound, and relinquished its responsibility for setting the price for banks and exchange companies.

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The Central Bank of Sudan has issued a warning to the people of Sudan on the use of cryptocurrencies, reminding them that crypto is not legal money.

According to the Central Bank, crypto has several risks which it listed below:

  • Usage in financial crime
  • Hacking
  • Loss of value (Volatility)
  • They are not supported legally

The move comes as the Sudan Pound continues to depreciate against the dollar, a situation that makes cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin attractive to people who want to protect their savings.

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Currently, one pound is valued at just $0.0022, with the dollar costing 447 Sudanese pounds according to Google aggregates. Local sources however have been quoted as saying, as of March 22, 2022, the US dollar exceeded 700 Sudanese Pounds.

With demand for the dollar growing, the Central Bank of Sudan devalued the currency by 19% on March 8, 2022 to exchange at 530 pound to the dollar while letting banks and currency exchanges set their own buying and selling rates without its intervention.

However, two weeks later, the Central Bank was reported to have devalued the currency again as demand for the dollar grows in the country that is in the throes of instability since a millitary coup in October 2021.

Sudan’s currency has lost more than a third of its value since the coup, rapidly driving up prices for fuel, food, and other goods, and has fallen even further in the parallel market.

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