Blockchain 

Brazilian State Launches Blockchain Platform for Government Contract Bids

In Brazil, the state of Bahia has launched a blockchain application to track the process of public bidding on government contracts, according to a report by Cointelegraph Brazil on July 12. The blockchain-based solution, called Online Bid Solution (SOL) was reportedly developed by Cayenne Technology and Design. Bids will reportedly be completely transparent and secure due with the application of blockchain tech. According to Bahia government, the intended beneficiaries of SOL appear to be the Brazilian agriculture industry. The solution is designed to help connect agriculture organizations in Bahia with…

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Ethereum 

Brazilian Coffee Farming Cooperative to Issue a Coffee-Backed Token

Brazilian coffee farming cooperative Minasul plans to issue a coffee-backed token, Bloomberg reported on July 11. According to Bloomberg, Minasul’s president Jose Marcos Magalhaes declared at the Global Coffee Forum in Campinas that Minasul intends to launch the token this month. Farmers will reportedly be able to use the coin to buy fertilizer, machinery and other non-farm products — including cars and food — in a digital marketplace. Per the report, farmers will also be able to acquire the token in exchange for current and future coffee beans production: 30%…

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Ethereum 

Brazilian Exchanges to Integrate the Real-T, a Stablecoin Pegged to the Real

Brazilian cryptocurrency exchanges are rolling out support for a stablecoin, according to a report by Cointelegraph Brasil on June 26. Brazilian platforms including PagCripto, Nox Trading, 3xBit, and Bitcambio, are reportedly slated to be the next adopters to issue this new stablecoin — pegged one-to-one with the Brazilian real —  Real-T (REALT). As explained in its whitepaper, the “Real-T Token” is an Ethereum-based ERC-20 stablecoin that is “strictly pegged” to BRL. The paper claims that the company behind the token, Real-T Tecnologia S.A., will publicly share its bank statement to…

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Blockchain 

Future for State-Backed Brazilian Token Issuance Unclear as Bank Sees Leadership Reshuffle

On June 18, Brazil’s National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES) announced the election of Finance Director José Flavio Ferreira Ramos as its interim president.  Ramos will serve as the BNDES head until the inauguration of 38-year-old Gustavo Henrique Moreira Montezano, a former economist and the current deputy secretary of privatization and disinvestment.  Montezano’s appointment followed two meetings on June 17 between Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and the country’s minister of the economy and former economic advisor to Bolsonaro’s presidential campaign, Paulo Guedes. The meetings were held in response…

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Blockchain 

Brazilian BTC Exchange Faces Numerous Lawsuits From Clients Unable to Access Funds

Clientele from multiple states in Brazil have filed lawsuits against bitcoin (BTC) investments firm Bitcoin Bank Group for inaccessible crypto funds, according to a report by Cointelegraph Brasil on June 18. The lawsuits are reportedly over issues with users being unable to withdraw funds from the BBG’s associated cryptocurrency exchange, Paraná-based NegocieCoins. As of press time, the page for NegocieCoins on crypto market information website CoinMarketCap shows the following message regarding the ongoing issue: “We have received reports that user deposits and withdrawals are impeded. Please be careful with your…

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Bitcoin 

Santander Loses Appeal Against Brazilian Crypto Exchange, Fine Upheld

Major Spanish bank Santander has been denied an appeal regarding a decision by the Court of Justice of the State of São Paulo in a case against crypto exchange Mercado Bitcoin, Cointelegraph Brazil reports on June 17. Santander was sued by the Brazilian exchange Mercado Bitcoin in 2018, after the bank purportedly closed the exchange’s account at its sole discretion. The bank, which has branches in Latin America, cited concerns over the origin of the account’s fund due to the nature of the crypto exchange’s activities. Over 1 million reals (around…

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Bitcoin 

Judge Freezes Funds in Accounts Belonging to Embattled Brazilian Crypto Firm

A Sao Paulo court has blocked funds in bank accounts linked to Grupo Bitcoin Banco — with 726,630 reals (about $188,000 at press time) frozen, Cointelegraph Brazil reported on June 5. Two people, along with one company, have accused GBB of engaging in abusive practices after they were unable to make conversions back into reals or withdraw funds to their bank accounts because of a temporary suspension on transactions. The trio claimed they have a total 726,630 reals on GBB’s platform and urged a judge at the Court of Justice…

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Blockchain 

Brazilian State-Owned Bank Funds Documentary via Its Own Ethereum-Based Token

A Brazilian state-owned bank is reportedly funding a documentary film through its own ether-based stablecoin, Cointelegraph Brazil reports on June 3. Brazil’s National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES) will finance the production of a documentary in collaboration with local cinema producer Elo Company, whose movie “The Boy and the World” by Alê Abreu was nominated for an Oscar in 2016. According to the report, the funding for the project will be carried out through the national bank’s own cryptocurrency, BNDES token, a Brazilian real (BRL)-backed stablecoin that has…

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Blockchain 

Brazilian Banks to Implement New HyperLedger-Powered Digital ID Platform

Brazilian banks will be implementing a new standardized blockchain identity solution powered by the Hyperledger Fabric-platform, Cointelegraph Brazil reported on June 2. The identity solution — co-developed by IBM and the country’s central bank, CIP — is reportedly to be integrated into the Brazilian Payment System (SPB) — a system used by all banks and financial institutions in the country. The new blockchain platform has reportedly been designed to authenticate and verify digital identities for users’ bank accounts by using an individual’s mobile phone and SIM card information in combination…

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Blockchain 

Major Brazilian Bank Brodesco Joins R3 Corda-Powered Global Trade Finance Network

Prominent Brazlian bank, Banco Bradesco, has become the latest institution to join R3’s Marco Polo blockchain network for trade finance, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph on May 14. Banco Bradesco is among Brazil’s leading banks, with total assets worth $338.2 billion and a market capitalization of $49.1 billion, the press release states. The Marco Polo network implements R3’s Corda enterprise blockchain technology together with a distributed trade finance platform from TradeIX. It is designed to provide greater cost and time efficiencies — as well as transparency —…

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