Emerging Horizons: El Salvador's Financial Transformation
El Salvador, a land of great potential, is poised to embark on a journey that mirrors the achievements of Singapore, according to the astute insights shared by Gabor Gurbacs, the strategy advisor at the prestigious investment management firm VanEck. In a social media post dated October 28 (formerly Twitter, now X), Gurbacs has been notably vocal about his belief in El Salvador's capacity to emulate Singapore's success story of the late 1990s. He envisions a future where El Salvador experiences a surge in economic growth, primarily catalyzed by an influx of fresh capital investments and a welcoming attitude towards immigration.
Gurbacs' thought-provoking comments were prompted by an engaging post from Max Keiser, a well-known United States broadcaster and an enthusiastic advocate for Bitcoin, who has recently made El Salvador his new home. Keiser's post, which carried the intriguing caption "Relocate to #ElSalvador, The Fresh Land of Freedom," highlighted a variety of aspects that make El Salvador an appealing destination. Among these, he mentioned the current valuation of Bitcoin (BTC) at $34,293, the official recognition of the U.S. dollar as legal tender, ongoing efforts to combat crime in El Salvador, its picturesque beaches, and the delightful aroma of its exceptional coffee.
I say often to portfolio managers and asset allocators that El Salvador has the potential to become the Singapore of the Americas. I expect continued increase in immigration to, capital investment in and overall growth in El Salvador. https://t.co/CmT554x12j— Gabor Gurbacs (@gaborgurbacs) October 28, 2023
El Salvador's journey towards becoming a burgeoning economic force in the region truly gained momentum with the election of Nayib Bukele as the country's president in June 2019. In a remarkable performance this year, El Salvador's sovereign bonds have significantly outperformed many other emerging markets, delivering an impressive 70% return by August. Such success has undoubtedly piqued the interest of major players in the financial world, including institutions like JPMorgan.
The FIAT guys at @jpmorgan say El Salvador is finally “getting some credit”.— Nayib Bukele (@nayibbukele) May 9, 2023
They are just catching up.
It will soon be: “Salvadoran bonds are now Investment Grade”.
You’ll see ???? pic.twitter.com/6Z1r7iS9M4
жOne cannot overlook the groundbreaking move made by President Bukele and the government of El Salvador in September 2021 when they officially recognized Bitcoin as legal tender. Simultaneously, they introduced a user-friendly Bitcoin custodial wallet, known as Chivo Wallet, to empower all Salvadorans in their journey with cryptocurrency.
El Salvador's innovative spirit extends to harnessing its abundant volcanic resources to fuel a Bitcoin mining startup known as Volcano Energy, which was launched in June following a substantial $1 billion investment. Notably, Max Keiser plays a pivotal role as the company's executive chairman, and in October, they celebrated the inauguration of their first mining pool in partnership with Bitcoin miners Luxor Technology.
The visionary approach of El Salvador also extends to its appointment of Saifedean Ammous, the celebrated author of "The Bitcoin Standard," as an economic advisor to the National Bitcoin Office back in May. The country is strategically accumulating Bitcoin as a means to address its debt concerns over the next five years.
In a move that is sure to foster innovation and entrepreneurship, President Bukele boldly eliminated all taxes on technological innovations in April, creating an environment that is poised to attract more forward-thinking entrepreneurs and foreign capital to this promising nation.