Bloomberg) — An isolated island nation in the Pacific Ocean with a population of about 75,000 continues to break ground in the cryptocurrency space.
The Marshall Islands is proceeding with the creation of a blockchain-based national currency, the Marshallese sovereign or SOV, the country said in a statement. David Paul, the environment minister and minister-in-assistance to the president of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, spoke about the venture at a conference in Singapore on Wednesday.
“With the blockchain technology in place, we thought this was an opportune time to establish our own legal tender” and lessen the nation’s dependence on the dollar, Paul said in an interview from the sidelines of the conference. “As a small country it’s going to be easier and faster for us to make decisions and respond to the market” as a digital coin is introduced.